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Hey guys,

My system currently:

i7 2600k @ 4.4GHz
2x 4GB G.Skill
ASUS P8Z77-V Pro
ASUS GTX 560 1GB
QNIX QX2710 @ 100Hz (2560x1440)

Pretty standard system, (could probably juice more out of the 2600k). Anyways - I'm after an upgrade to my graphics, since the only game I can actually run right now is Counter-Strike: Source lol.

I was looking into the GTX 770, which seems like a sensible upgrade from the 500 series - although, one game I have been itching to finish has been Metro Last Light, which actually ran fine on my GTX 560 at 1080p! A lot of benchmarks are showing that even at 1440p its quite demanding, and basically runs at no more than around 23fps on 1440p with my GTX560.

I don't plan on upgrading for another 1-2 years, which leads me to wondering whether I should purchase a GTX 780! It's around $800AU, but would probably be the easiest option.

Also in terms of power, I have a 600W Thermaltake Litepower, that has 24A and 20A across two +12V rails, should that be enough for either cards?

I have been pondering forums, google, searching but just cannot make my mind up. Almost regret going 1440p! frown.gif
post #2 of 6
if you want to keep physx in metroLL then the 770 is a great choice. but if do not care about it you may want to consider a 7970 which is less money (hopefully in your part of the world.) i would also suggest looking around to see if anyone got the upgrade bug and selling their used 680 for a very reasonable price. but you'll be more likely find a 670 which would be an upgrade also.

looking at your PSU; it has enough power for any single card setup but the quality is definitely lacking with it not even being an 80+ efficient unit; not that efficiency rating makes one a quality unit. word on the street is it is a mediocre unit at best. i highly recommned you get something better the minute you can afford to and look at avoiding brands such as TT, OCZ (except the ZT series) coolermaster (expect some of the pro series).

there are lots of good units out there made by rosewell (the capstone series!) antec, seasonic, super flower, pc power & cooling, silverstone, and corsair being a pretty popular choice. you really do not need more than 500-550 watts from the aforementioned brands. you can give this a look see:

http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies/0_50

hope that helped.

edit:
got the let me shop for you bug tongue.gif

this is a decent budget PSU (not great but good enough)
Silverstone Strider 500W ST50F-ES $59.00 <-- pcgear in AU

review:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Silverstone/ST50F-ES/1.html
Edited by looniam - 6/5/13 at 10:59am
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I have the Qnix QX2700 and I do not regret going 1440 at all! I'm sorry to hear that you might. I have had a lot of cards push that monitor since I got it (reference 6970, crossfire reference 6970, reference 7970, MSI twin frozr 680, 690, and now currently an MSI 7970 lightning). The best one obviously was the 690, don't know why I got rid of that thing! But all these cards did it fairly well. It sort of depends on what games you play and if you ever might want to add a second card. If you ever want to add a second card I can't see myself suggesting an AMD card, crossfire just does not work as well as SLI, in my experience anyway. A 770 at $399 (don't know what that would be for you) is a great price and slightly better than the more expensive 680 (same chip obviously). I had great experience with my 680 and obviously an even better one with the 690. Depending on what price you can get a 7970 for that could also be a great single card solution.

Running your components on a decent power supply is very important however. I purchased a Seasonic x-1050 PSU (gold certified, fully modular) to replace my crappy Thermaltake 750w something or other before I added a second 6970. I even picked it up new on eBay for $140. If you're only going to be using single card solutions then that is obviously overkill.

I personally am working on getting my hands on a 780! I obviously have to try pretty much every new GPU lol. Good luck!
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Thanks for the replies there! I'm not really fussed about PhysX, although as I don't plan on upgrading anytime soon, I think the GTX 770 would be my best bet! Also thank you for recommending that PSU to me! PCCG is a popular store in Australia, and I basically purchase most of my parts from them!

I wouldn't mind getting myself a 780, but it is just way too expensive for me here. The 680 seems good too, although again over here it's the exact same price as a 770!

I'll probably get the GTX 770 EVGA Superclocked + 550W Silverstone PSU smile.gif

Thanks guys! (Any further recommendations are welcome!)

EDIT: That Silverstone 550W, I notice it only has 34A over the 12V rail. Is that going to be sufficient for the 770? NVIDIA recommends at least 42A over the 12V?
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nvidia overestimates the power needed because they don't know what components you have.

the card will draw ~180 gaming. (furmark will push it to 220 watts but it won't use your cpu)
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_770/25.html

add a slight overestimation of 150 watts for your overclocked i7, chipset, ram, HD (SSD is less), RAM and a fan or two you're looking at 330 watts on the 12 volt rail. 34*12= 408 and keep it 80% 408*.8= 326.4. a few watts

or 330/408= 80.89% load on the 12 volt rail.

here hitech legion didn't hit 300 watts with that card:

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Didn't mean to rain on your parade, but you might be disappointed as the 770 alone won't deliver optimal performance at 1440p. Even with my 670 FTW SLi, I can't entirely say I'm happy with its performance at 1440p.
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