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I will probably be building my rig by mid April and, while I have more or less decided what I want, deciding on a GPU has proved way harder than I initially had in mind.

Not to rush things, here are the most probable specs of my system :
CPU : 4770k or 4670k (It will depend on the budget)
Mobo : Asus Maximus VI Formula
RAM : Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz CL11
SSD : Samsung 840 Evo 250GB
Case : Phanteks Enthoo Primo
And other stuff that don't matter here. If anyone is curious, I thoroughly describe everything I have in mind in my other thread.

Now, on the topic at hand. I'm at a loss about what GPU I should get. For the first time since in a long, long time, I have decided to go with NVidia. I'm a Radeon guy. but at this point in time NVidia does have the superior product and, seeing as prices are quite similar, I don't see the reason to settle down with the R9 cards.

Let's get the details out of the way. I'm what I would consider a heavy gamer. A really heavy gamer. I also like to have top notch image quality without the need to sacrifice performance or vice versa. Finally, when it comes to overclocking, I lose all kinds of sense. I'm sure that I will reach the limit of what I have and then try to surpass that for no obvious reason or benefit. It's just the way that I am, can't do anything about it. Finally, for the foreseeable future, I will be using my Philips HDTV (40PFL5507) as my monitor, so I will be gaming at 1080p. The screen should be able to function at a 100Hz refresh rate (It's a 3D TV with the usual "400Hz Natural motion rate" marketing stuff, but I think that the panel supports 100Hz), so I could use the extra horsepower.

Oh, I will probably also build a water cooling loop at a (Not much) later date.

So on to the choices.

At first I had my mind set on the 780 (After I raised a middle finger to the disappointment the 290/290x was). An Asus DirectCUII 780 retails for about 450€ here, while a proper 290 (Not a reference one) is just above 400€ (I think it's 430€ for the Asus and 440€ for the Sapphire Tri-X. Then the overclocker in me woke up and demanded something like the Classified that would overclock like crazy (The Lightning is out of stock everywhere I checked). For 550€, I started considering it. Binned GPU, better PCB, better cooler (I think), better warranty and a beast under water. Maybe it was worth the extra money. After that, I fell in a vicious cycle of wanting more. I started thinking "Why give 550€ for a Classy when I can save up from other stuff and buy a 660€ MSI 780ti?". And, as was expected, after that I started considering the 780ti Classified, which right now retails for the absolutely ridiculous price of 800€, which should come down in a few weeks.

I'll be honest, I can't afford the 780ti Classified. Not by a long shot if I don't want to abandon any hope of doing a water loop. However, there is a chance I might be able to buy the card from the US and have a friend bring it to me when she comes to visit in April. That would bring the price down to 780 Classy levels (770$ in Newegg,which translates to about 560-570€ if I'm not mistaken) and I'm willing to cut down on the CPU and other stuff to get it.

Then again, almost everywhere I have brought this topic up on the internet, I get the same response. "Buy the cheapest 780 you can find and slap a water block on it". While I don't like the idea (Let's face it, what are the odds a DirectCUII will overclock as well as a Classy?), I've come to think that maybe all these people are right. But why settle on something less than what I want if I can afford a little more? Fortunately, this is overclock.net and not cheapoutwhenpossible.net, so I'd like to hear your opinions on the matter.

Thanks in advance for any answers guys! smile.gif

PS : In case I buy the card from the US and have it brought to Greece, will I have any problems with the warranty? I mean, say I have to RMA the card for some reason. I will be able to RMA it with EVGA in the EU, right? Forgive me if that's a stupid question, but I've never ordered anything from other countries, let alone the US.
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id go with a 2011 mobo and CPU.. especially if you are building a gaming rig and buying a nice gpu.. don't want to bottleneck.. just my opinion, I know some will disagree with me but the 2011 isn't considered an "enthusiast" platform for nothing...
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Originally Posted by GregoryD View Post

id go with a 2011 mobo and CPU.. especially if you are building a gaming rig and buying a nice gpu.. don't want to bottleneck.. just my opinion, I know some will disagree with me but the 2011 isn't considered an "enthusiast" platform for nothing...

Believe me, I have considered the 2011 platform, but there are various reasons I won't go with it as much as I'd like to.

First and foremost it's the budget. Yes, you don't have to buy the 1000€ 4960x, but it almost always turns out more expensive than a mainstream system. Secondly, it only offers stuff I want and nothing that I really need to enjoy my rig more. Add to these the fact that X79 is a dinosaur and that you get a previous generation core, and there really are reasons to not go with it. Now if Haswell-E and X99 were out, things would be different, but as it stands I'll have to pass.

Thanks for the input though!
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your welcome!
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