Thanks for the link... I read through most of it, now I just need to weigh whether I'd like the extra bump from the dual 770s vs a single 780. Do you know if many games have issues with screen stuttering/tearing? I know it's one of the biggest knocks against going with dual GPUs. And can they be overclocked separately, or should I maintain identical settings on each card?
Originally Posted by shilka
The Cooler Master V850 is the same PSU as the Corsair AX860
The V is cheaper so why pay more for the same thing
But you dont need that much power unless you want a second GTX 780
I did a quick check on the V850; if they are the same, is there a reason the Corsair is Platinum Certified while the Cooler Master is only Gold? Additionally, they are 850 vs 860 watts, is that just Cooler Master being a bit more conservative with their wattage?
Originally Posted by Moragg
PSU is overkill unless you plan on SLI/CFX. I'd have to suggest waiting for the new AMD cards - what with the rumoured specs and performance they may be the better choice. Alternatively, SLI some 770s (make sure they're 4GB each) or crossfire 7950s. Radeon is red/black after all.
Casewise - what with how much the 900D costs I would stump up the extra money for a Caselabs case.
Thanks for the feedback. I had gone with the PSU because I was thinking I might SLI one day in the distant future... if I run dual 770s I might stick with it, otherwise I will likely get a model down. For the case, I'll still be sticking with the 900D. I know that a lot of builds on the site use Caselabs because of their quality and features, but to be frank I'm not a fan of their aesthetics, I like the clean, minimalistic look of the 900D.
Originally Posted by hammong
I wouldn't change a thing, but I will toss in a few personal suggestions:
First of all, I think the GTX 780 is a great choice - but I prefer the blower-style reference coolers, especially if you plan on going SLI in the future. The double and triple fan version cool the GPU slightly better at the same or lower noise level, at the expense of blowing the heat around the case. I prefer to blow the heat directly OUT of the case, even if it means a louder fan.
I wouldn't reduce the SSD size unless your really need to save the money on going with a 128GB SSD. 256GB SSD will obviously let you store more, in addition it will effectively cut your P/E cycles in half due to it being twice the size.
2400 RAM is pretty fast, I know some people have trouble running it at full speed.
I don't care for the fingerprints on the 900D case -- or any brushed aluminum case for that matter. Scratches can't be fixed either, so if you do get this one - put it somewhere safe. =)
If I was going to stick with the current 780 I still have, would this cause heat problems vs blower-style cards if I eventually went with SLI? Additionally, will the heat blown around the case have any large impact on the system? I'm planning to get a few additional fans to keep airflow going, but I figured that with my CPU under a water cooler I would be fine on that end at least. As for the 900D, don't worry, I take good care of my electronics, she'll be fine with nary a scratch, safely under my desk.
I really appreciate all the feedback so far everybody. As an additional question, can anybody recommend a good wireless networking card? And can Windows 8 be installed initially off of a Flash Drive or an external DVD drive? I wasn't planning on buying an optical drive.Edited by Sayis - 9/23/13 at 12:31pm