Originally Posted by HolyDriver
Half the beauty of this contest is seeing what other people can dream up. I'm going all out by trying to cram as much as I can into a $2500 SFF build without cheaping out on components. I'm actually going to see if I can squeeze in a WC loop too. The 7970 is a top-of-the-line GPU from AMD/ATI, and because it costs less, I can put the rest towards other high quality components. The GTX 780 is BEASTLY, no doubts about that, but in this instance it's just not in my line of sight.
For me personally I bounced back and forth through a boatload of revisions like a lot of people have, but the one thing always eating at me is I've always wanted to do a Dual GPU build with a custom water loop. Given the "runt" frame issue with Radeon GPU in CrossFireX configurations, which it no seems is not going to be resolved until the later stages of the 8xxx series at the earliest, for smooth performance I chose to go with a 680 SLI. But I found a solid, highly rated 680 for a good price to help counter that (Gigabyte's GTX 680 OC Edition, Model number GV-N680OC-2GD, $469.99 each on newegg)... along with the added perk that a 680 SLI will still outperform a single 780. Of course I know I could do some things on the build cheaper than I am, but hey, like you, I'm trying to go as top notch as I can with this build and keep it close to $2,500. My total build would cost about $2700, so I'll buy the radiators, fittings, GPU backplates, and tubing on my own dime, and get the more expensive odds and ends with the $2,500 budget...http://www.overclock.net/lists/display/view/id/5144108
EDIT: PS... I forgot to give you props on what I believe to be a Dio/pc pun in your username, lol.
But I do agree... for a single GPU rig, I would've totally taken a single 7970 over the 680, 690, 780, or Titan, simply for the fact that the performance to cost ratio you get with the 7970s (not too mention that it outperforms it equal generation competition in the 680) is too good to pass up.
Of course, I know I could cram this into a mid tower and have room for more rads etc... but the thought of having a Mountain Mods Bob Slay enclosed lanbox is too sweet to pass up on Edited by SpacemanSpliff - 5/29/13 at 2:00am