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Originally Posted by wthenshaw View Post

1000 watt power supply would just be a waste of money?

Not really. It would not be the optimal balance for that build, but it wouldn't be a waste.

Personally I would go for something in the 650W-750W range for that build. That should be just over double what the rig would draw at max load.
Ideally, you want your PSU to run at around 50% most of the time. That is where the majority of PSU's are most efficient and it also tends to be around the 50% mark that they start making noise. Keeping them just under that, will give you the most efficient PSU with minimal noise.

That being said, he could get away with less than 650W-750W, but going a bit over allows for future upgrades and/or OC, while still keeping the PSU in it's performance sweet spot.
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post #2852 of 10491
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Originally Posted by Maddawgz209 View Post

So if the 680 for 350 is good I'm only guessing the 770 sc for 419 would be that much better

The 770 is a slightly upped 680 basically. With a good overclock, a 680 will match it. So there's really no advantage biggrin.gif If you look used, some 680s are going for ~$300-320.
post #2853 of 10491
a 770 is basically an overclocked 680 and its cheaper...it will also be released with 4GB
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a 770 is basically an overclocked 680 and its cheaper...it will also be released with 4GB

Prices for 680 are starting to fall and used ones are lower. 4gb comes in handy when you're pushing extreme resolutions. If you have plans to go Surround, then invest in a 4gb card.
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Prices for 680 are starting to fall and used ones are lower. 4gb comes in handy when you're pushing extreme resolutions. If you have plans to go Surround, then invest in a 4gb card.

Personally i would never go for a used GPU...and even if the 680 prices drop it would not be much a different so why buy something "old" when you can get something better with very little extra money...and yeah i agree with what you saying about the 4gb and since pc monitors prices are quite cheep that should be on someones upgrade list...thumb.gif
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Personally i would never go for a used GPU...and even if the 680 prices drop it would not be much a different so why buy something "old" when you can get something better with very little extra money...and yeah i agree with what you saying about the 4gb and since pc monitors prices are quite cheep that should be on someones upgrade list...thumb.gif

I've purchased used most of the time. Just gotta know where and from whom to shop. Most manufacturers warranty via the serial #. Know which ones do and don't so you have a contingency plan if something goes wrong. Talk to the seller and ask for a copy of the invoice and if there's any help w/ warranty.


Cheap monitors are cheap, but you need a lot of hardware to run three monitors. Even one all might Titan can struggle to run the latest (and some earlier) games in Surround. But, there are ways to get around it. One would be to invest in what you call "old tech" or what I call last gen. There's no harm as long as it works and you're pride won't hurt much once you see the performance/dollar wink.gif


I've sold and purchased quite a bit. I'm no pro but I have enough experience to know a few things. Buying used can be a good thing, as long as you do it properly. Buying new can be a bad thing as well. It goes both ways thumb.gif
post #2857 of 10491
To comment on 680 vs 770. If your not going to water cool your gpu, I would get the 770 with the end of the gpu being wide open to air cooling which our case "haf xb" would be perfect for with the 120 or 140mm fan blowing
directly through the 770. That's my opinion !
If you added a 2nd 770 later I don't think cooling would be an issue either the way those cards are set up
post #2858 of 10491
While everyone is on the topic of GPU's is there a cost effective way of cooling a new EVGA GTX660 as it gets a tad loud under full load.
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post #2859 of 10491
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Originally Posted by Buxty View Post

While everyone is on the topic of GPU's is there a cost effective way of cooling a new EVGA GTX660 as it gets a tad loud under full load.[/quote
My 660's run cool at 70%fan and don't seem very loud at all
post #2860 of 10491
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Originally Posted by BENSON519 View Post

To comment on 680 vs 770. If your not going to water cool your gpu, I would get the 770 with the end of the gpu being wide open to air cooling which our case "haf xb" would be perfect for with the 120 or 140mm fan blowing
directly through the 770. That's my opinion !
If you added a 2nd 770 later I don't think cooling would be an issue either the way those cards are set up

I should say the 770 that looks like the Titan
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