Video Cards, Power Supply, And Case
Graphics Cards: 2 x MSI Gaming N770 in SLI
Graphics performance represents the one major differentiator between today's gaming-focused build and my previous mid-range System Builder Marathon effort. I simply doubled the number of GeForce GTX 770 cards from one to two, which should yield a massive increase in performance by virtue of Nvidia's SLI technology.
Unlike AMD's Radeon boards, which are currently very much overpriced due to the rabid attention of Litecoin miners, the prices on GeForce cards remained relatively stable this holiday season. MSI's Gaming N770 is currently discounted to $320 each, or $640 for the pair I'm testing today.
Power Supply: Corsair TX750 750 W PSU
With two GeForce GTX 770s sitting side by side in this quarter's entry, I needed a beefier power supply to back them up. Typically, I'd go with Corsair's 650TX, but I was concerned it wouldn't cut it. So, I went with the company's TX750 instead, selling for $110 on Newegg.
Case: NZXT Gamma
Back in December of 2010, I used NZXT's Gamma case in my $1000 System Builder Marathon Enthusiast build. At the time, I called it one of the nicest budget rigs I had ever worked with.
I'm looking forward to judging how this enclosure stood the test of time in my latest build. Selling for $35, I certainly can't complain about the price.