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Hey all!

I'm pretty much almost done with this new build of mine. I only need to decide what video card I will get. I pretty much want to future proof my computer as much as possible. I plan on switching the 2 TB HDD with a 512 GB SSD since I never really use that much storage anyways and if I do need storage I'll just use the computer I'm currently using as a file server.

Anyways back to the video card bit.. I'm asking the community here to help me decide if I should get the 690 or the Titan. I think the Titan would be the logical choice since I'm pretty much limited with a 600 Watt power supply and the min. requirements would be a 600 Watt power supply for the Titan. The 690 is about 650 Watts. I don't know if they put 650 Watts as the minimum requirements just to have enough head-room or like wise.

Also, if you have any other tips/comments on the build I'm making go ahead! I can take constructive criticism. It's my first small form factor build ever so I'm pretty sure I'm doing something wrong haha. tongue.gif

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Personally, if you have a specific budget for the card, i'd go GTX 780 or the R9 290x. A titan, no matter how much performance it commands, still does not justify the price for a person who values $$ as much as he values performance. Also, at what resolution would you be playing, since both, 780 & R9 290x can easily drive 1440p resolutions for most of the recent games at decent frames with acceptable levels of AA. You could save the surplus cash for a better PSU and a monitor as if you plan to run the cards on 1080p monitor, it'd be a waste of prformance
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R9 290X is looking to be the best buy if indeed it'll be under $700.Nothing wrong with your build
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I think you should consider the GTX 780 like others have recommended or wait a couple more days to see what the R9 290X has to offer. I don't think the TITAN can justify it's price tag when you factor in the GTX780.
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Anyways back to the video card bit.. I'm asking the community here to help me decide if I should get the 690 or the Titan. I think the Titan would be the logical choice since I'm pretty much limited with a 600 Watt power supply and the min. requirements would be a 600 Watt power supply for the Titan. The 690 is about 650 Watts. I don't know if they put 650 Watts as the minimum requirements just to have enough head-room or like wise.

http://www.geforce.co.uk/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-690/specifications
Don't look at the 650W Minimum System Power Requirement, instead look at the 300W Maximum Graphics Card Power. The rest of your components won't even draw 100W at stock, maybe up to 170W if you overclock the CPU heavily.

So yes, you'll be fine with a 690 using the PSU in the SG08 but as others have said, you might want to wait to see reviews of the R9 290X.
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Personally, if you have a specific budget for the card, i'd go GTX 780 or the R9 290x. A titan, no matter how much performance it commands, still does not justify the price for a person who values $$ as much as he values performance. Also, at what resolution would you be playing, since both, 780 & R9 290x can easily drive 1440p resolutions for most of the recent games at decent frames with acceptable levels of AA. You could save the surplus cash for a better PSU and a monitor as if you plan to run the cards on 1080p monitor, it'd be a waste of prformance

Thanks for the input!

I forgot to mention: I'm planning to get the ASUS PB Series PB278Q 27" PLS (2560 x 1440) monitor. And I also plan on playing Armed Assault 3 at near-max settings (if possible). So what I'm looking for right now is the best performing card at the moment.

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R9 290X is looking to be the best buy if indeed it'll be under $700.Nothing wrong with your build

Yeah I'm a bit biased when it comes to nVidia/ATI; nVidia holds a special spot in my heart lol. tongue.gif I'll consider it but I'll wait until people do some real-world performance tests.
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I think you should consider the GTX 780 like others have recommended or wait a couple more days to see what the R9 290X has to offer. I don't think the TITAN can justify it's price tag when you factor in the GTX780.

Yeah the Titan is pretty much a bit too expensive but I'm looking for the best performing card out right now since I'm only limited to one PCI-e slot. I want to make the most out of it.
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http://www.geforce.co.uk/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-690/specifications
Don't look at the 650W Minimum System Power Requirement, instead look at the 300W Maximum Graphics Card Power. The rest of your components won't even draw 100W at stock, maybe up to 170W if you overclock the CPU heavily.

So yes, you'll be fine with a 690 using the PSU in the SG08 but as others have said, you might want to wait to see reviews of the R9 290X.

Ah awesome thanks for the tip! And yeah I guess I'm waiting on the results of the R9 290X based on the replies to this thread. biggrin.gif
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