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GTX780Ti System Question

Alright, I'm looking at buying a Gigabyte GeForce GTX780Ti Overclocked 3GB DDDR5 PCI-E (GV-N78TOC-3GD). I'm wondering what potential issues my system will have with integrating this beast.
I'm thinking I'll have to buy a new power supply, but my main concern is my case being able to handle the heat. I have a NZXT Apollo mid Tower (link http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146027).
Does Windforce cooling expel the hot air or just blow it around my case? Not sure if I should aim for a reference card or if this will be alright with some high powered case fans.
Also, will my processor know what to do with this behemoth?

ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+
AMD Phenom II x4 980 BE
w/ NOCTUA NH-U9B SE2 Cooling
Sapphire HD6950 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E
G.Skill NQ Series PC3-10666 8GB 4x2GB DDR3 1333
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD
Hitatchi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB SATAII 7200rpm 32 MB Cache
Windows 7 64-bit Home
OCZ 700W ModXStream Pro Power Supply
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  1. Everything should be fine, and yes it does blow hot air around the video card.

    But that CPU isn't going to do the job, it is going to bottleneck your gtx 780 ti, so get a new intel core i5, H97 or Z97 chipset motherboard, and something like a GTX 760.
  2. Yep - weaker than a fx6300 - http://cpuboss.com/cpus/AMD-Phenom-II-X4-Black-980-vs-AMD-FX-6300 which wouldn't work too well with a 780ti without overclocking it.
  3. Hmm, I see. What specifically with my CPU would be the problem? I am a single monitor gamer running at 1920x1200 (native).

    I'm mostly looking for a few years of future proofing, next year hopefully upgrading to an i7. If my CPU is that big of a problem, what if I were to buy a better AM3+ CPU? Would that fix any potential issues?
  4. FireKing said:
    Hmm, I see. What specifically with my CPU would be the problem? I am a single monitor gamer running at 1920x1200 (native).

    I'm mostly looking for a few years of future proofing, next year hopefully upgrading to an i7. If my CPU is that big of a problem, what if I were to buy a better AM3+ CPU? Would that fix any potential issues?


    Hi - The posters above are saying that CPU isn't strong enough to maximize a 780ti's capabilities, and that a 780ti with that CPU is wasting money.
  5. Hey I understand that my CPU will limit the card, I was hoping for a little more detail. When would I notice it? Would my computer boot up and laugh at me because my CPU is underpowered? If my CPU can handle the games I am currently playing, would the GPU interfere with that? If I were to buy a FX-8350 would that allow me to use the card to it's full potential? Is it time to jump off the AMD ship? I'm sure the card would be an upgrade over my 6950 regardless, but I'm not entirely sure what to expect if I were to install the card in my current system.

    If the results would not be to noticeable at this time, I could upgrade my CPU and mobo down the road. The main reason I want to upgrade my GPU is to play PlanetSide 2 at better graphical settings. My CPU seems to be able to handle that game fine, but my current GPU is having problems. I've never owned a super high end card before and the fact that I have the cash to be able to do so is exciting. I understand that my CPU will limit the card, but for single monitor gaming at 1920x1200 am I going to be severely handicapped? Will my computer shut down and give me the finger? Just trying to understand how the system would react and if it is bearable for the time being.
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    FireKing said:
    Hey I understand that my CPU will limit the card, I was hoping for a little more detail. When would I notice it? Would my computer boot up and laugh at me because my CPU is underpowered? If my CPU can handle the games I am currently playing, would the GPU interfere with that? If I were to buy a FX-8350 would that allow me to use the card to it's full potential? Is it time to jump off the AMD ship? I'm sure the card would be an upgrade over my 6950 regardless, but I'm not entirely sure what to expect if I were to install the card in my current system.

    If the results would not be to noticeable at this time, I could upgrade my CPU and mobo down the road. The main reason I want to upgrade my GPU is to play PlanetSide 2 at better graphical settings. My CPU seems to be able to handle that game fine, but my current GPU is having problems. I've never owned a super high end card before and the fact that I have the cash to be able to do so is exciting. I understand that my CPU will limit the card, but for single monitor gaming at 1920x1200 am I going to be severely handicapped? Will my computer shut down and give me the finger? Just trying to understand how the system would react and if it is bearable for the time being.


    Hi - I only commented because I thot you didn't understand what the others were saying. Since you are aware, then my opinion is; get the best GPU you can afford now, the 780ti. It will most certainly yield dramatically better gameplay than you now experience.

    Altho, your current CPU may limit your overall performance, there doesn't appear to be another AMD option that would provide a noticeable difference. The Phenom II x4 980 might not be the strongest, it is in tier 1 for AMD of Tom's CPU gaming hierarchy. That list is not ironclad, but generally you need to go up at least 2-3 tiers for noticeable improvement. Since that CPU is in the top tier, you're better off upgrading GPU now,
    and upgrading to Intel mobo/CPU down the road:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html
  7. Just change to a fx8350 and you'll be cooking.
  8. toyftw said:
    FireKing said:
    Hey I understand that my CPU will limit the card, I was hoping for a little more detail. When would I notice it? Would my computer boot up and laugh at me because my CPU is underpowered? If my CPU can handle the games I am currently playing, would the GPU interfere with that? If I were to buy a FX-8350 would that allow me to use the card to it's full potential? Is it time to jump off the AMD ship? I'm sure the card would be an upgrade over my 6950 regardless, but I'm not entirely sure what to expect if I were to install the card in my current system.

    If the results would not be to noticeable at this time, I could upgrade my CPU and mobo down the road. The main reason I want to upgrade my GPU is to play PlanetSide 2 at better graphical settings. My CPU seems to be able to handle that game fine, but my current GPU is having problems. I've never owned a super high end card before and the fact that I have the cash to be able to do so is exciting. I understand that my CPU will limit the card, but for single monitor gaming at 1920x1200 am I going to be severely handicapped? Will my computer shut down and give me the finger? Just trying to understand how the system would react and if it is bearable for the time being.


    Hi - I only commented because I thot you didn't understand what the others were saying. Since you are aware, then my opinion is; get the best GPU you can afford now, the 780ti. It will most certainly yield dramatically better gameplay than you now experience.

    Altho, your current CPU may limit your overall performance, there doesn't appear to be another AMD option that would provide a noticeable difference. The Phenom II x4 980 might not be the strongest, it is in tier 1 for AMD of Tom's CPU gaming hierarchy. That list is not ironclad, but generally you need to go up at least 2-3 tiers for noticeable improvement. Since that CPU is in the top tier, you're better off upgrading GPU now,
    and upgrading to Intel mobo/CPU down the road:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html


    Thanks for the information. I went out and bought it with 2 new Noctua case fans. Haven't installed it yet, waiting for the weekend. If the bottlenecking is really noticeable I may buy a new AMD processor but I'm hoping I won't have to.
  9. FireKing said:
    toyftw said:
    FireKing said:
    Hey I understand that my CPU will limit the card, I was hoping for a little more detail. When would I notice it? Would my computer boot up and laugh at me because my CPU is underpowered? If my CPU can handle the games I am currently playing, would the GPU interfere with that? If I were to buy a FX-8350 would that allow me to use the card to it's full potential? Is it time to jump off the AMD ship? I'm sure the card would be an upgrade over my 6950 regardless, but I'm not entirely sure what to expect if I were to install the card in my current system.

    If the results would not be to noticeable at this time, I could upgrade my CPU and mobo down the road. The main reason I want to upgrade my GPU is to play PlanetSide 2 at better graphical settings. My CPU seems to be able to handle that game fine, but my current GPU is having problems. I've never owned a super high end card before and the fact that I have the cash to be able to do so is exciting. I understand that my CPU will limit the card, but for single monitor gaming at 1920x1200 am I going to be severely handicapped? Will my computer shut down and give me the finger? Just trying to understand how the system would react and if it is bearable for the time being.


    Hi - I only commented because I thot you didn't understand what the others were saying. Since you are aware, then my opinion is; get the best GPU you can afford now, the 780ti. It will most certainly yield dramatically better gameplay than you now experience.

    Altho, your current CPU may limit your overall performance, there doesn't appear to be another AMD option that would provide a noticeable difference. The Phenom II x4 980 might not be the strongest, it is in tier 1 for AMD of Tom's CPU gaming hierarchy. That list is not ironclad, but generally you need to go up at least 2-3 tiers for noticeable improvement. Since that CPU is in the top tier, you're better off upgrading GPU now,
    and upgrading to Intel mobo/CPU down the road:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html


    Thanks for the information. I went out and bought it with 2 new Noctua case fans. Haven't installed it yet, waiting for the weekend. If the bottlenecking is really noticeable I may buy a new AMD processor but I'm hoping I won't have to.



    Enjoy!
    I think you'll be pleased with the improved game play the 780ti will provide, any improvement you
    would gain by adding another CPU won't be nearly as noticeable (if at all).
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