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I'm looking into buying one of these for gaming/folding and want one with the most overclock potential. I will start off on air but will switch to a universal block sometime down the road but the cooler that comes with the card does matter. I've heard the EVGA Classified version switched from using Samsung memory to Elpida memory which does not overclock as well (users are only able to get +225-250 on the memory) so I think I'll stay away from that one. Anyway, here are the three I'm considering...are there any others I should be looking at as well? +Rep to helpful answers as always thumb.gif

asus gtx 780 directcu ii
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121779

galaxy gtx 780 HOF
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162142

msi gtx 780 lightning
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127754
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Part of it will be luck of the draw but I would have to rank them from best to worst as Lightning, HOF, EVGA Classy (I know not on your list but still good), Asus 780 Directcu ii. I lean towards the Msi Lightning since there is a third bios with an option for like 300% power draw or something insane (granted that is for LN2, but the point is the power delivery systems/build quality of that card are fantastic so you can mod bios or whatever you want and go bonkers overclocking as long as you can keep it cool). EVGA Classy also supposed to be pretty solid overclockers that you may want to consider. According to a review on [H] an overclocked 780 HOF can go toe to toe with a titan. So pretty much anything but the Asus is a good bet card until their TOP editions come out. I think the lightnings are usually the best of the bunch though and the reviews have been pretty fantastic so far.
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Honestly, I've only heard great things from the Galaxy HOF. It seems like a great buy, especially at its price of $689 compared to the Lightning's $760. However, once the 300% Bios is worked out and once users get comfortable with it, I think it will be worth the premium in the end.
    
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Honestly, I've only heard great things from the Galaxy HOF. It seems like a great buy, especially at its price of $689 compared to the Lightning's $760. However, once the 300% Bios is worked out and once users get comfortable with it, I think it will be worth the premium in the end.
I've seen quite a few issues with the HOF actually. The Classifieds haven' shown to be quite remarkable a couple hitting 1500+, the Lightning honestly has the most potential in my opinion but that remains to be seen. I would wait around two weeks for all of the new BIOS and soft mods to become available before you make your purchase.
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