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MSI Lightning 770 with possibility of Sli or save up more for a 780?

post #1 of 10
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Hey guys, I want to ask you guys who own a 770 a question. Is it worth the money to get 2 770's in Sli, or just keep one 770. And after that, if Sli 770' would it be worth it for just a 780.

I know this question has been asked before, but more than likely not under these circumstances.

If it is not worth it in your opinion, then I would be getting a smaller case to take from place to place easier, or a slightly bigger still small one to get a 780 in it. I was thinking a 350d for a single 770, a 750d for 2 770's, and not sure if I get a 780 (I would need better airflow)
post #2 of 10
If you want portability, I'd say save up for a 780 in the 350D. 770 SLI will be more powerful than a single 780 but leave less room to expand, especially on mATX.
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Originally Posted by DStanding View Post

If you want portability, I'd say save up for a 780 in the 350D. 770 SLI will be more powerful than a single 780 but leave less room to expand, especially on mATX.

I would get a 750D, but I can't necessarily fit it in some special gym bag either. I am at cross ends because I go back and fourth every weekend between parents, and occasionally go to a datacenter and code with web designers there but I think the 350d is what I should do.

Now, should I go with 780 Ti or 780? I do not intend on overclocking the GPU in such a small system.

System I have planned:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60
Motherboard: MSI Z87M GAMING Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8Gb (1x8Gb) 1600Mhz
Storage: Intel 730 Series 256Gb SSD
GPU: N/A
PSU: Corsair CSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified
Case: Corsair Series 350D

And will I need a bigger PSU. Watt-wise?
post #4 of 10
Since you're moving around *that* much, I'd say go even smaller and build an mITX system in a 250D instead. A 4670k on a Z87I-GAMING will work well. In that case, a reference 780 or 780ti would likely be your best choice. As for 780 vs. Ti, get whichever one you can afford. The Ti costs 75% more for an approximately 20% boost in performance.

You could drop the power supply down to 550W and still overclock the pants off your CPU and GPU.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DStanding View Post

Since you're moving around *that* much, I'd say go even smaller and build an mITX system in a 250D instead. A 4670k on a Z87I-GAMING will work well. In that case, a reference 780 or 780ti would likely be your best choice. As for 780 vs. Ti, get whichever one you can afford. The Ti costs 75% more for an approximately 20% boost in performance.

You could drop the power supply down to 550W and still overclock the pants off your CPU and GPU.

I will have it all protectively mounted and such, and in a nice gym bag that will have pillows or bublewrap around it. Still go for a 250D?

And I plan on having a PLP setup I will use at one house, with a 27" 1440p in the middle and 2 1024p's or 1200p's on each side of it. I will be gaming on it, but not gaming hardcore. I expect graphics on medium settings with BF4 & DayZ and high quality on MC (Overkill haha). The screens will mainly be used for graphics design and average video watching though, so not to much average heat.
post #6 of 10
Having carried ATX full tower (Switch 810), mATX mini tower (350D), and ITX desktop (Node 304) PCs to and from school I can say the small cubish form factor is a godsend.

If that's all you're doing, a 780 would be fine. Honestly if you're shooting for medium settings a 770 would work, but a 780 will last longer and if you can afford it why not smile.gif
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Originally Posted by DStanding View Post

Having carried ATX full tower (Switch 810), mATX mini tower (350D), and ITX desktop (Node 304) PCs to and from school I can say the small cubish form factor is a godsend.

If that's all you're doing, a 780 would be fine. Honestly if you're shooting for medium settings a 770 would work, but a 780 will last longer and if you can afford it why not smile.gif

Ehh, I don't want to blow to much into the GPU as I want lots of storage (Just a 2Tb Black WD and a 256Gb 730 Series Intel at first) and I don't want it heating everything up. I will look at different Mini-ITX Builds with 780's in them, thanks!
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
Ok, this video below did exactly what I plan on doing except I plan on using a Corsair Hydro Series H60 instead of a H100i. I will look into which is better space wise and performance wise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA125dPU-uk

And this thread may as well be closed unless someone else wants to chime in. DStanding is a great helpful guy c:
post #9 of 10
770 Lightning.... drool.gif
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post #10 of 10
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770 Lightning.... drool.gif

Hehe, I decided I am getting a 780 Lightning from MSI >biggrin.gif
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3bepm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3bepm/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3bepm/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.16 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87I GAMING AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($88.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($248.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($545.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 250D Mini ITX Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($137.97 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: Logitech G710 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer Mamba 2012 Elite Wireless Laser Mouse ($98.94 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Logitech Z323 30W 2.1ch Speakers ($54.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $2141.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-16 23:36 EDT-0400)
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What I have:

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CPU: No
CPU Cooler: No
Motherboard: No
Memory: No
Storage: No
Storage: No
Video Card: No
Case: No
PSU: No
OS: Yes -$127.97
Keyboard: Yes -$129.99
Mouse: Yes -$98.94
Speakers: Yes -$54.99

Total: $1719.33
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Now the SSD will change to a 730 Series whenever it comes out.

Also, it seems the 250d is out of stock in many places D:
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