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Pretty much any GPU i've seen will fit in the Fractal Node 304, and I've decided that's what i'm going with. I'm also selling the EVGA 680 4GB for sure. At this point i'll buy either a gtx 760 or 770 to include in this build.

Since I'm doing the Fractal Node 304, I decided to use the Silverstone Strider Gold 550W PSU because it is so short without being SFX (It's also one of the recommended PSU's in OCN's Node 304 club), and the Strider series is very nice for sleeving, which I might do for this smile.gif

At this point the only question marks remaining are which Mobo i'm going to go with, and which cooler.

I like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, which will fit in a Node (height-wise). BUT, I don't know if it will fit on a Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI, Impact, or ASRock Z87E-ITX. Will it hit the GPU on the GB board? Does it hit the VRM's on an Impact? I think it would definitely work on the ASRock, but i don't see those in stock for the correct price.

If I can't get the Hyper 212 EVO to work out with these ITX mobo's, I will probably just a H80i but i'd rather not have to.

Thanks for all the help everyone! OCN always impresses me.
Edited by Krulani - 3/25/14 at 12:34pm
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The only reason I would sell the GTX680 is if it won't fit in the case. If you're picking a case that will fit the GTX680 then there's no good reason to sell it only to turn around and buy a GTX770 (same card).
     
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The only reason I would sell the GTX680 is if it won't fit in the case. If you're picking a case that will fit the GTX680 then there's no good reason to sell it only to turn around and buy a GTX770 (same card).

Good point. So let's say the 770 is out, because you're right; The 680 and the 770 are basically the same card.

At this point the choice would be between the 680 and the 760. 680>760, but is a 760 "good enough" to run current games on medium or high (not ultra) at ~60 frames (With a 4670k @ ~4.2Ghz)? Selling the 680 4GB for ~$350 and buying a GTX760 for $260 would help pay for other parts.

I only have a 60 htz 1080p monitor to give him, so I don't think he'd need 4GB's of VRAM and GTX680 power. Am I overestimating what the 760 is capable of though?
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At this point the choice would be between the 680 and the 760. 680>760, but is a 760 "good enough" to run current games on medium or high (not ultra) at ~60 frames (With a 4670k @ ~4.2Ghz)?

Yes it can. Check out the Techpowerup review of the Asus DCU II

In BF3 @ 1080p on ULTRA for example, it runs at 73.5fps
and when OC'd performs nearly as good as the stock 770.
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Yes it can. Check out the Techpowerup review of the Asus DCU II

In BF3 @ 1080p on ULTRA for example, it runs at 73.5fps
and when OC'd performs nearly as good as the stock 770.

Which is perfect! He doesn't need any more than that right now. If he ever decides he does want better, then he can upgrade the GPU and/or monitor on his own dime and my purchase was effective.

Also, another family member now wants to chip in $200 on top of what i was spending. Now I've got some wiggle room in the budget. I might go with the H80i now and get some good 92mm intakes for the front of the Node 304. I thought about the Noctua 92mm's but those are PWM and I'd prefer 3-pin fans so the intake is steady.
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Which is perfect! He doesn't need any more than that right now. If he ever decides he does want better, then he can upgrade the GPU and/or monitor on his own dime and my purchase was effective.

Also, another family member now wants to chip in $200 on top of what i was spending. Now I've got some wiggle room in the budget. I might go with the H80i now and get some good 92mm intakes for the front of the Node 304. I thought about the Noctua 92mm's but those are PWM and I'd prefer 3-pin fans so the intake is steady.

Ya it's a great little card alright. I'll be getting one myself once I scrape the money together.

Go for the cooler I says! You'll easily be able to OC the 4670k even beyond 4.2GHz
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The GTX760 is ~75% of a GTX680 (6 x SMX vs 8 x SMX), though strapped to the same number of ROPs and memory bandwidth, it achieves excellent workload saturation on the SMXs in gaming workloads. The result of which is performance that is often within 80-90% of the GTX680.
     
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Go for the cooler I says! You'll easily be able to OC the 4670k even beyond 4.2GHz

Now that the budget for this project has grown, I will go ahead and get the H80i. Plus I already have a pair of SP120 Quiet's to replace the stock fans with smile.gif That + delidding should make for a solid overclock with great temps.
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The GTX760 is ~75% of a GTX680 (6 x SMX vs 8 x SMX), though strapped to the same number of ROPs and memory bandwidth, it achieves excellent workload saturation on the SMXs in gaming workloads. The result of which is performance that is often within 80-90% of the GTX680.

That sounds perfect. Thank you for the insight.
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