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Hello,

I'm new here to OCN and just finished my first PC build. I'm looking to finish off my build for now with a GPU so I can start gaming on my new machine. I've been reading into the GeForce GTX series of cards and honestly don't know too much about them, that why I'd just like to as a few basic questions so I can be better informed when I'm ready to purchase. I've been looking at the GeForce GTX 780 Ti and a few other cheaper options. I'll be using this computer for gaming and want something that will last a couple years without problem. However, the 780 Ti is still $$$. Any other suggestions?

Anyways,

What is the difference between EVGA. PNY, ASUS... etc branded nVidia cards? What specs should I be looking out for? Also, what is the best fan/heatsink design for the GPU? 1 exhaust fan? 2 fan? 3? All help is welcome. I'm still learning as much as I can as I build my computer.

Here is my setup currently:

Intel i7 4770k 3.5 GHz Haswell
Asus Maximus VI Gene mATX LGA1150
Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB DDR3 1600
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD
Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB HDD
Corsair CSM 750W PSU
Corsair H100i Liquid CPU Cooler
Corsair 350D Windowed Mid Tower
Asus VN247H-P TN Monitor
Das Keyboard Professional MX Red Switches
Razer DeathAdder Black Edition
Windows 8.1 Pro

Thanks for the help!
post #2 of 13
You want to look at the warranty of those manufacturers where you are...

Some cards have custom coolers for better cooling in "WELL VENTILATED" cases..

you bought a small case, so you need a gfx card that exhaust out the back... so a reference GTX is the better bet...

All in all, id say that Nvidia cards are better fr game compatibility overall...just because thay have more PR money to gain developpers acceptance...


I had both ATI/Radeon and GEFORCE GTX cards throughout the years.... and i prefer GEFORCE
Edited by delavan - 4/4/14 at 9:00pm
post #3 of 13
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Thanks for the reply.

I was thinking of ordering the Asus GeForce 780 Ti. But if you say that cooling fan setup is not optimal for my style of case I should look into the EVGA GeForce 780 Ti...?
post #4 of 13
Get a reference 780 non ti for $200 less in my opinion, much better value. Besides, you're gonna be limited by that monitor @ 1080p and 60Hz.
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As delavan said when going with a reference model what you wanna look at is whichever company (Asus, EVGA, etc...) gives you the best warranty in the country you're in and price.

Between a 780 and 780ti there's not a big gap in performance, definately not a 40% performance gain like the premium you pay for it. You're not gonna see a difference since frames per second are limited by the monitor's refresh rate which in your case is 60. You can actually go above 60 but then you get screen tearing which is very unpleasant. You'd be better off capping the frames at your monitor's refresh rate using vsync, crank the settings all the way up and enjoy a quality picture at 60fps which is already great in my opinion.

Whatever a 780ti can do on a 1080p/60Hz monitor, a 780 can as well. Had your monitor been 120Hz+ and maybe even higher resolution, then it'd have made more sense but in my opinion still not to justify the big price difference...but i'm sure some would disagree. So unless you're planning to upgrade/change monitor, in your case there's absolutely no need to pay $200 more for a little more performance you're not gonna be able to use.

Here are some links:

EVGA GTX 780 SuperClocked (MicroCenter)

EVGA GTX 780 SuperClocked (Newegg)

EVGA GTX 780 SuperClocked (Amazon)

PNY GTX 780 (Amazon)
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I would recommend EVGA cards since their warranty and customer service is unbeatable if you ever have a problem with their card. If you care about overclocking get the classified version but if you're going to run it stock get the SC version. And yes I would agree with getting a 780 over a 780Ti since the price/performance ratio is significantly higher thumb.gif
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Thanks guys. That makes a lot of sense.

My last concern is cooling design on the graphic cards.

Would the EVGA 780 Ti SC not be optimal and run hot in a mid tower? I have 4 Corsair SP120 fans set as intakes. 2 through a H100i radiation and 1 SP120 as a exhaust fan. My case is running cool for now, however, I'm sure a whatever GeForce card I install will change that.

Would the reference card be a better option because it dissipates hot air. The Evga 780 SC models just circulate heat right?
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Thanks guys. That makes a lot of sense.

My last concern is cooling design on the graphic cards.

Would the EVGA 780 Ti SC not be optimal and run hot in a mid tower? I have 4 Corsair SP120 fans set as intakes. 2 through a H100i radiation and 1 SP120 as a exhaust fan. My case is running cool for now, however, I'm sure a whatever GeForce card I install will change that.

Would the reference card be a better option because it dissipates hot air. The Evga 780 SC models just circulate heat right?

9 times out of 10 a non reference design will be the better option all around. No matter what you do (short of putting it under water) the graphics card will get hot, but you will definitely be fine in a mid tower, especially with all of those fans moving air.
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Thanks guys. That makes a lot of sense.

My last concern is cooling design on the graphic cards.

Would the EVGA 780 Ti SC not be optimal and run hot in a mid tower? I have 4 Corsair SP120 fans set as intakes. 2 through a H100i radiation and 1 SP120 as a exhaust fan. My case is running cool for now, however, I'm sure a whatever GeForce card I install will change that.

Would the reference card be a better option because it dissipates hot air. The Evga 780 SC models just circulate heat right?

The ACX Cooler will be the most superior cooler for EVGA. It is a very quiet cooler, significantly quieter than other coolers from other manufacturers. If youre all about minimal noise, the ACX is perfect for you.

The reference blower cooler is only useful if you are doing multiple-GPU configs. If you are running single card and staying stock definitely go with the ACX cooler.

What everyone has said about going with EVGA and their great warranty is right on track.

Reference vs custom is not a huge deal unless you are water-cooling or need to have a custom PCB with probably better VRM's. Reference boards tend to have better components and are suited for water-cooling configurations; while custom PCB's can either be beneficial or worse.... so it really depends too.

But if you are not trying to pursue the very maximum of performance; and keeping it stock with a minimal OC; then it is not a huge deal, you should be focusing more on the cooler

If you are overclocking definitely go with the Classified, they overclock like crazy and if you plan on overvolting only the Classified line will allow for overvolting above 1.212v with their EVGA Voltage Controller software. You will need to go water-cooling on the VRM's (meaning full cover water blocks) if you plan on doing this though for VRM safety.
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good brands out there giving 3 yrs warranty - why even bother with 2yr manufactures rolleyes.gif
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