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1440P Gaming; System Analysis

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July 28, 2014 12:03:04 AM

I have been gaming at 1080P for a long time now, and have heard a lot of good things about games at higher Resolutions. I knew that 4K was far beyond my system, but 2K (2560 x 1440) seemed like a reasonable bet with my system, here are the specs-

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/R7VQcf
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/R7VQcf/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($208.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($464.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 1300W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1301.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-28 03:00 EDT-0400

What comments do you guys have to offer? Should I upgrade to a better system (I can also afford to get an i7-4790K and a second GTX 780 if need be). Will I be able to max out games like Witcher 3, Metro Redux, Far Cry 4, and Project Cars on my system? Or should I upgrade?

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July 28, 2014 12:24:02 AM

I haven't actually bought the PSU yet. I am going to get it because it is on sale and also has -$52 combo with the GTX 780, at a total of like $612. So it is basically the cost of a good quality 750W right now. $612 from like $750 with no combo. So, should I go ahead and just buy a single 780 Ti instead of getting two 780s?
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July 28, 2014 12:24:02 AM

I wouldn't upgrade anything tbh. I game at 1440p with a 1st gen i7 950 and a GTX 780. I can max out most games (except for high AA which is not really needed) and get good framerates, maybe not always 60 but more than acceptable.

If you have to have 60 fps on max settings I would add a 2nd GTX 780, but im sure you will be happy with the one.
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July 28, 2014 12:28:54 AM

Eli Little said:
I haven't actually bought the PSU yet. I am going to get it because it is on sale and also has -$52 combo with the GTX 780, at a total of like $612. So it is basically the cost of a good quality 750W right now. $612 from like $750 with no combo.


You sound like my missus who brings home all sorts of stuff we don't need because "it was a great deal".

When you use a matching power supply you run it more at the average - 50% of rated watts. This is alos max efficiency.

A 600W pus at 300W will run at say 90% efficiency. A 1350W at 300W will run at 70% efficiency. Your power bill then goes up.

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July 28, 2014 12:29:35 AM

I forgot to mention I haven't bought any of these parts yet, but do have the cash. Should I just get a 780 Ti instead of two 780s and an i7 instead. Also, would it be better if I bought a 1000W PSU? There is another combo for a 1000W, but it actually costs more than the 1300w combo by $2... lol.
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July 28, 2014 12:37:49 AM

Get the best you can with your budget. One GPU is preferable to two because it then leaves you an upgrade path via SLI. But there are alos a lot of people who then just go up when the next series is released eg from 780 to 880. Each successive series uses less watts per graphical power.

I've got a 750W psu. So far I've had a single 560, 2 x 560's and now 2 x 670's in it. I'll see what happens with 8 series to see what to aim for next. I try to keep the same PSU.
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July 28, 2014 8:40:06 AM

I will prolly get the 780. One last thing. Should I buy the 6GB version? From what Ive seen, more VRAM increases performace more as resolution increases, generally why the 4GB version of the 770 and 760 is so popular.
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