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  • Malacite
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    So... any news on AMD's Steamroller? Was supposed to be out this month.

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  • Firewind
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    Yeah, I was looking at going all out on a 780 but the price is out of the budget I'm willing to spend on. Still being roughly 30 US dollars over budget isn't horrible so I think it is down to 7970 vs 770.

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    EDIT: I can get both cards at roughly the same price. Should have mentioned that sooner.

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  • DakAttack
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    nVidia plans to release the 780 Ti in mid-November, and may lower the prices of the 770 and 760 to more competitive levels. You may want to wait until then, if you can.

    nVidia is also offering a holiday bundle: Announcing The GeForce GTX Holiday Bundle, Featuring Assassin's Creed IV, Batman: Arkham Origins and Splinter Cell Blacklist | GeForce

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  • Firewind
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    In the middle of planning out a new PC build. This is what I have so far but I'm a bit torn on the GPU:

    i5 3570k (I honestly don't see the point in getting anymore more powerful right now for gaming purely due to the diminishing returns that an i7)
    8GB RAM (Not that much more is needed for gaming and RAM is cheap anyway)
    250G SSD (For Windows and main games)
    1TB HDD (Mostly for Steam Games and Media)
    GTX 760 (Maybe)

    Now the GPU is what I'm torn on. The GTX 760 is really nice for the price but I am tempted to go for a HD 7970 or GTX 770. The 770 will put me over budget but only by £17.

    Opinions?

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  • Aeni
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    Originally posted by DakAttack View Post
    It appears to be holding up very well. One of Gigabyte's selling points is how tough their products are.
    I don't doubt that, but the GTX660 TI cards were being accused for having manufacturing defects stemming from the weight of the heat sink/triple-fan cooling setup. Although that blame can mostly be assigned to the end user for not handling the card a bit more carefully, it's still somewhat Gig's fault for not realizing that adding a bulkier cooling system can unintentionally cause other issues (or their suppliers fault for using less-than-optimal materials) and, as you've attested to, if end user is expecting "quality" and "toughness", then if they're handling those cards the same way as any other Gig products, then it's no wonder those micro-fractures are starting to become an issue.

    Edit: FYI Gig just recently released BIOS revision 7 for the Z87-UD3H boards, so you may want to check it out. So far it's dealing with my mysterious Windows boot-up lock (random, no real pattern there), but it's only been a few boot-ups so I'm still holding my breath. If I don't have any additional boot-up issues for the next week or so, then I'm going to just chalk it up to a buggy BIOS revision 6 and probably won't bother revising up past 7 unless I have any other hardware issue.

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  • DakAttack
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    It appears to be holding up very well. One of Gigabyte's selling points is how tough their products are.

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  • Aeni
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    Yikes ... that sucks. How's the stress on the PCB? I know some Titan cards were having issues (micro-fractures from weight causing major issues with performance)

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  • DakAttack
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    My Gigabyte GTX 770 4GB only take ups two slots, but the two 1x lanes are crammed under the only 16x lane.

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  • Aeni
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    Originally posted by DakAttack View Post
    I believe the UD3H is Gigabyte's entry-level motherboard, which is what I own as well. The two PCI-E 1x slots are great for a sound and capture card, but with a GPU in the top x16 lane the first x1 lane is blocked. The bottom x16 lane only runs in x4 mode, which is a bummer.
    You got a very good video card which ended up being a bit more bulkier due to the cooling system on it, right? How wide is the card? I know when I looked at the 660 TI + 3GB, the chief complaint was that the heat sink and 3 fans apparatus ate up a lot of slots on the motherboard despite the claim that it only took up the space for 2 (not the main reason why I ended up with an "el cheapo" mid range video) I'm actually still having an internal debate on going with a GTX 760, but I was thinking of upgrading the graphics in about 18 mos anyway, so ... ugh! just wait, just wait ... lol.

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  • DakAttack
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    I believe the UD3H is Gigabyte's entry-level motherboard, which is what I own as well. The two PCI-E 1x slots are great for a sound and capture card, but with a GPU in the top x16 lane the first x1 lane is blocked. The bottom x16 lane only runs in x4 mode, which is a bummer.

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  • Aeni
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    Finally came in ... almost all of it. One more package ... probably in on Saturday. So it would appear to be a weekend build.

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  • Aeni
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    I ended up with similar to what Dak posted above (I swear it was a coincidence, since I forgot all about this thread when I purchased my parts yesterday) Not sure what you paid for yours but I didn't get high end graphics card (went with a 660 OC instead)

    I won't get to building it until late next week, with how free shipping works. I'll put a picture up after, though ...

    1x Antec Three Hundred Two Gaming Case, Black
    1x Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Cert. (TX650)
    1x Intel Core i5-4670K Quad-Core 3.4GHz 6MB Cache (BX80646154670K)
    1x Gigabyte Z87 LGA 1150 (GA-Z87X-UD3H)
    1x Corsair Vengeance Blue 16GB (2x8 GB) DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10B)
    1x Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 (GV-N660OC-2GD)
    1x Samsung 840 Series SSD SATA 6GBps (MZ-7TD250KW)
    1x Pioneer Electronics USA 15x SATA Internal BD/DVD/CD Burner 4 MB Buffer (BDR-208DBK)

    1x Silverstone Tek 140mm Ultra Fine Fan Filter w/ Magnet Cooling (FF143B)
    3x Silverstone Tek 120mm Ultra Fine Fan Filter w/ Magnet Cooling (FF123B)
    1x Cooler Master 140mm R4 Blue LED Case Fan (R4-L4S-10AB-GP)
    4x Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm Blue LED Case Fan (R4-L2R-20AC-GP)
    1x Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (RR-B10-212P-G1)

    1x Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit (Full) System Builder OEM DVD

    (Reason why I didn't add any non-SSD HDDs is because I already have 3 ... tonight I discovered a 3rd lying about unused ... 750GB ... in addition to the 1TB and 2TB drives I already own)
    Last edited by Aeni; 07-25-2013, 03:15 AM.

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  • Firewind
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    Originally posted by Nandito View Post
    You bought a 770 to replace your 770? Wat?

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  • Nandito
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    You bought a 770 to replace your 770? Wat?

    Tempted to buy it, but I should seriously consider something with higher VRAM.
    Last edited by Nandito; 06-22-2013, 07:43 PM. Reason: Nevermind, read that wrong. I thought you bought a reference model to replace the linked one! Ha!

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  • DakAttack
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    I bought a GTX 770 for my new PC, but it's a reference model. I just bought this to replace it: Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-4GD GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

    Anybody want to buy a GTX 770? Completely new and slightly discounted!

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