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    GPU/SSD Questions

    Okay, with the 760 announced basically replacing the 660TI, I have decided on picking up the 760 to replace my hot ass GTX470 seeing as I assume there will not be any TI versions this time around. I have decided on these two items to replace/add to my set up now but I am wondering if there is cheaper/better things out there that I could possibly pick up.

    I am looking at the following items:

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130933

    I chose this GPU mainly because of looks, and also seeing as there are no reviews on Newegg for any of the new 760 cards. I would also appreciate the fans for additional cooling seeing as my 470 runs like REALLY hot during gaming.

    SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147193

    I chose this one based on reviews from 2 of my guild mates. I wanted the additional space for future additions to my gaming collection.

    I currently play WoW most of the time, but I also play games like BF3 and Bioshock Infinite.

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    These are the components I currently use in my set up to give you an idea.

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    Hi. I wouldn't assume that there won't be any Ti versions this time around, I'd expect them to come as a way of combating competition from AMD at the end of this year.

    That being said, the 760 still seems to be a great choice and I'm sure it'll serve you well. Seeing how you picked out those two components, that comes at a grand total of $500. I will take $500 as a budget and provide you with a better alternative!

    First, the SSD. You picked out the Pro version of this SSD. This will not help in game performance, its just a more balanced read and write speed. The main use of the SSD is the fast boot times and quicker load screens which is the same with or without the pro version. Opting for the non-pro 256GB Samsung SSD here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147189 will drop the $250 cost to a nicer $170. This is a great pick, have fun with it. You just saved $80.

    That leaves us with $330 for the graphics card.

    I personally seem to like the look of MSI's Twin Frozr cards and they have been getting excellent reviews on the GTX770 as well. As a result, I suggest this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127745

    This is a $260 card. This sets the grand total to $430, $70 less than the original components you suggested while maintaining the same utility gained from the SSD and a better GPU.

    You now have $70 to:
    a) buy a new aftermarket CPU cooler
    b) put it away for savings
    c) treat yourself and possibly one other to a nice lunch/dinner

    Have fun


    Edit: If you do not like the MSI card, the Gigabyte Windforce cards have also gained critical acclaim and positive reviews. This one has three fans and is the same price as the MSI one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125465

    Another common cooling system is ASUS' DC2. It is also for the same $260 here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...irtualParent=1

    They're all great cards with slightly different looks. I wouldn't fret too much. Any difference in the performance of the cooling or noise shouldn't be a deal breaker with these 3 cards. Which one appeals to you more? For reference, I've heard the MSI cards to be quieter this time around.
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    I'd personally take the Gigabyte 760

    As far as the SSD goes, get the non-pro version. A lot of people get tunnel vision on the "Pro Speeds" but it's one of the few times that marketing/advertising is right. The Pro version features higher Write speeds, which is largely not remotely useful for anyone not in a professional setting that demands high writes. Save some bucks, get the non-pro version =D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripox View Post
    c) treat yourself and possibly one other to a nice lunch/dinner
    I have found saving money and treating the Mr or Mrs to a nice dinner gets more mileage than any upgrade part >.>
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    I find myself wanting to thumbs up Ripox^ *thumbs up*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripox View Post
    You now have $70 to:
    a) buy a new aftermarket CPU cooler
    b) put it away for savings
    c) treat yourself and possibly one other to a nice lunch/dinner
    d) buy this HD 7970: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814202008

    Would be my choice. It's in the budget (and on a big sale), so why not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by glo View Post
    d) buy this HD 7970: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814202008

    Would be my choice. It's in the budget (and on a big sale), so why not?
    Wow. I didn't know there was such a sale on that card. @OP I think you should take this into consideration. The 7970 comes with free games with the Never Settle bundle and even if these games have zero value to you, I believe the 7970 will outperform the 760. That being said, I don't think it'll be as quiet or as power efficient but the 7970 is a very powerful card and is the second best GPU model available from AMD at the moment. A nice thing about getting such a strong 7970 is that should the time come where it isn't cutting it (a time not in the near future), you could always add another. Not to mention high end cards seem to have better resale value.

    Although this doesn't change the fact that the 7970 outperforms the 760, it should be noted that the 7970 will be replaced by a newer generation of cards expected at the end of the year whilst the 760 has just been released. If you want to put that extra $70 to the computer, then yes I would personally get the 7970, as well.

    Edit: psh, just saw that the 7970 is $309 after rebate. I would throw my wallet at that 7970 ASAP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripox View Post
    Edit: psh, just saw that the 7970 is $309 after rebate. I would throw my wallet at that 7970 ASAP.
    I believe that's ATI going "crap crap crap we need to get out 8970 out NOW"
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    Yeah I can definitely see them, if they do the smart thing, at least hyping up or talking about next-gen GPUs. I mean even acknowledging the incoming existence of newer tech should stifle nvidia sales as well as decrease prices. Hype of the unknown, as seen from Apple, is potentially stronger than the real results. I'd really like to see 8970/8950 before late August tbh. I think any plans ATI had for selling in Nov/December need to happen sooner, nvidia is getting quite the spotlight by going on a price war with its previous generation and not against ATI.

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    Well shit, Ill go for the non pro version on the SSD then and save some cash. Thanks for that!

    ---------- Post added 2013-06-27 at 01:29 PM ----------

    Any one have an opinion on warranty service between EVGA and Gigabyte? Word of mouth is EVGA has one of the best Warranty services when it comes to GPUs, I do not know anything about Gigabyte.

    I am set on the non pro Samsung 840, but I am looking at either:

    Gigabyte: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125466

    EVGA: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130933

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    TBH since you're still within the budget your best bet is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814202008

    The 7970 is about the same performance as the GTX770. You're getting a very very strong card at $309, seeing how the nvidia alternative to the 7970, is at the moment, a $400-$450 card with negligible performance differences.

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