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    Quote Originally Posted by Majesticii View Post
    Isn't that usually dealt with by the webshop anyway. If that's the only reason, it's a pretty weak one.
    I'd rather buy a card from eVGA as they do have excellent customer service than a card that preforms what, 3 - 4 degrees better cooling wise? The new ACX cooling is excellent to, having owned one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mercs213 View Post
    I'd rather buy a card from eVGA as they do have excellent customer service than a card that preforms what, 3 - 4 degrees better cooling wise? The new ACX cooling is excellent to, having owned one.
    Having never even used a specific customer serivce in about 10years of custom building pc's. This is the least of my priorities. From a personal standpoint, i still think it's a weak argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majesticii View Post
    Having never even used a specific customer serivce in about 10years of custom building pc's. This is the least of my priorities. From a personal standpoint, i still think it's a weak argument.
    I'd rather buy from a company that will back up their own product than one that won't. That's a pretty strong argument. Just because you haven't dealt with customer service means someone hasn't.

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    I know EVGA has a good customer support, but i don't recall ASUS having a particularly poor one either. Then again, i've got little experience with this.

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    Have always had amazing support by asus in my RMA's. If someones support is bad, you got XFX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majesticii View Post
    Having never even used a specific customer serivce in about 10years of custom building pc's. This is the least of my priorities. From a personal standpoint, i still think it's a weak argument.
    If your Asus card dies after 3 years, you're screwed because your warranty expired 12 months ago. If your EVGA card dies after 3 years they'll send you a new one (or the closest corresponding card if it is out of stock/production).
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    Alright guys, this isn't the thread for warranty discussion! Take it elsewhere please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majesticii View Post
    Isn't that usually dealt with by the webshop anyway. If that's the only reason, it's a pretty weak one.
    webshop? maybe in certain parts of the world, not here in the US, an OEM offers support, but a reseller (webshop, or actual store) doesn't have to do squat after their return policy expires (if they even have one)

    the reseller will simply tell you to contact Asus, who will then tell you that it's the reseller's responsibility, leaving you with a faulty product and nobody willing to support it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notarget View Post
    I'm confused, GTX 780 + i5-2500k + SSD etc. is shitty? Get 1440p to utilize your GTX 780. There are some trusted sellers on Ebay.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlVbGcv0g-g
    That's my plan. And thanks for the youtube link of that 1440p monitor. May just have to get that one.

    I still think my system is shitty though, only an i5 in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryce View Post
    That's my plan. And thanks for the youtube link of that 1440p monitor. May just have to get that one.

    I still think my system is shitty though, only an i5 in it
    An i7 won't really do anything for you in like 90% of the games you play. It's really only relevant if you stream high end, render videos a lot, 3D modeling etc.
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    Setup that currently exists at home:
    CPU: i5-2320
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    RAM: 2x4GB Kingston 1600mhz
    GPU: Gigabyte GTX 760 2GB
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    But you guys already knew that from seeing my post back in early July (around July 8) in this thread. I'm currently in New York and I picked up some UPGRADES!!111!

    No pics until I'm back home and have time to set it together (I'd imagine around mid-september) but here's what I bought so far!

    1. Corsair K70 mechanical keyboard, the black one
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    Upgrades I plan to do when I'm back home:
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    Then, I will buy 2x4GB RAM, a 1TB HDD (WD Black or Seagate Barracuda) and a case. With this, I will reuse spare parts for a second build which I will leave around the house or give to my brother (or maybe even sell?)
    The specs of the second system atm seem to be (every single part below with the exception of the RAM, HDD, and case are reused parts):
    CPU: i5-2320
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master X6
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    (I have the peripherals sitting around already, unused)

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    Slight change to plans; CPU, Board, Case will be bought in the first month. I'm looking at the h100i with some SP120's as apparently the noise on such a setup is pretty good (i.e. no pump rattle like the h100, but the stock fans do rattle). That will also be bought in the first month. I'm hoping it's the right decision, because I honestly don't think I'd want to deal with an RMA.

    From here, I might also be able to afford 1 of the SSD's without needing to wait, but failing that, short term loan to make up any deficit (should be £50-100 at most so it won't hurt too much) so as to avoid needing to do 2 reactivations and reinstalls of Windows. After that, free reign on either a 780, or a HD8000 card, and either another SSD or the monitors. Third month would be the RAM, and finishing up on any other smaller additions (desk, chair, etc).

    I'm also sticking with the Sabertooth Z87 for now - the Thermal armor inside a 900D with the light from the Platinum RAM would be a fairly impressive look, and very much my sort of style. The h100i would probably compliment this as well with the white LEDs and otherwise dark theme. The sabertooth itself is moderate in specs as well but as always, I'm open to suggestions on this. I might end up with something completely ridiculous like a Z87X-OC-Force, especially if I end up seriously considering multi GPU and aftermarket coolers (e.g. Accelero xtreme 3, which takes up 2-and-a-bit PCI bays) and thus warrants me needing a more extensive PCIE layout, or think I might want to move up to quad-SLI on dual GPU cards at some point (unlikely, but again, it's all open to change until I start ordering).

    PSU decisions - Having realized that I'm set on a 900D, going dual PSU wouldn't be an issue, so another one identical to my current one along with a dual PSU adapter cable would allow me to dedicate 1 PSU to board, CPU, RAM and drives, and the other to GPU's. I figure that since I know this PSU is extremely quiet, it'd be better than risking buying a new one that turns out to be much louder (as was the case with my AX1200 with a fan that never spun down). Dual PSU will only happen if I decide to go with multiple GPU's though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghâzh View Post
    How are you planning on running those SSD's? Why is it either 4 drives or 2 drives (why not 3)?
    Single drives/non-RAID. It could turn to be 2, 3, or 4, but I figured that I'd account for the highest potential cost in my plans, and then see where it leads me. I guess I also prefer even numbers when it comes to drives. Not quite sure why, perhaps it's to make the connections on the ports look neat (2x2 block of connections looks better to me than 2+1)

    I'm likely to end up sticking to 2 SSD's - 2TB of 'game space' is still 4x more than what I've got now and I've always got the option to add more later on but again, completely open to change. The number of drives I get is one of the few things that can change once I start ordering.

    Quote Originally Posted by Majesticii View Post
    Also, EVGA's ACX cooler isn't that great. ASUS' new design works allot better.
    I've not looked into it too much. The ACX just seems to be advertised as being really quiet, and that's probably the biggest priority for a cooler for me. I suppose I could go for a reference 780 for the awesome looking cooler, and then opt to replace it with an aftermarket one if it's too loud or the heat is an issue. With a new case though, I figure that stock will probably do a decent job. It's completely open to change though.

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    Synthaxx regarding the GPU's: are you planning to OC? If so, will you be doing it under water?

    If noise is so important to you how come you're not going custom loop?
    Also, have you considered Ivy-E?

    Also, why limit yourself to H100i in a 900D? H110 should fit, no?

    P.S.: Any comments you can make on my post (right above yours) would be appreciated

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    @Synthaxx

    I still maintain that if you want some speed and storage, one is better off with the Seagate Momentus XT drives over standard mechanical drives. I get around 150 MB/s read speeds off that on SATA3 while my 1.5TB does less then half that and it was a higher end drive when I bought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennadrel View Post
    @Synthaxx

    I still maintain that if you want some speed and storage, one is better off with the Seagate Momentus XT drives over standard mechanical drives. I get around 150 MB/s read speeds off that on SATA3 while my 1.5TB does less then half that and it was a higher end drive when I bought it.
    my WD C-Blacks get about the same speeds without SSD caching, which really makes me wonder if hybrid drives are worth it at all considering how much cheaper SSDs are now

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    I decided Ivy-E wasn't interesting enough to justify upgrading - I blew the cash for that on a pair of 840 evo 1tb disks today (ordered from amazon, haven't shipped). I have a feeling that this will go about as well as the crucial 960gb drive launch (not generally available until several months after a paper launch). There's a store near my home selling the 750gb version but haven't listed the larger one yet, nor have newegg/ncix. 2 SSDs the last upgrades until the 8-core Haswell-E/DDR4 configurations become available.

    I may also have my hands on a Tesla k20x. The compute-node at work is getting replaced and I didn't get shut down when I asked if I could buy one of the GPUs for "$1000 or something" to use at home…here's hoping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evn View Post
    I decided Ivy-E wasn't interesting enough to justify upgrading - I blew the cash for that on a pair of 840 evo 1tb disks today (ordered from amazon, haven't shipped). I have a feeling that this will go about as well as the crucial 960gb drive launch (not generally available until several months after a paper launch). There's a store near my home selling the 750gb version but haven't listed the larger one yet, nor have newegg/ncix. 2 SSDs the last upgrades until the 8-core Haswell-E/DDR4 configurations become available.

    I may also have my hands on a Tesla k20x. The compute-node at work is getting replaced and I didn't get shut down when I asked if I could buy one of the GPUs for "$1000 or something" to use at home…here's hoping.
    How could one possibly make usefull use of such amount of ssd storage in a raid setting? (also why those and not looking into enterprise pci(e) ssd ?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shroudster View Post
    How could one possibly make usefull use of such amount of ssd storage in a raid setting? (also why those and not looking into enterprise pci(e) ssd ?)
    If one has the money, getting completely off of mechanical hard drives is starting to become a viable, though expensive, venture.

    No HDD spinning noise, less vibration in the case, especially for people with several drives, fast recording of unrendered video, faster possible rendering times then, too.

    Just gotta think out of the box, no one is saying it's a cheap thing that everyone should do, though. :P

    Even if I had the money, I don't think I'm ready to jump to all SSDs, but SSDs won't fail from power failures like HDDs will. Remember when my computer had power issues back in April and my hard drives died?

    All except my SSD... and DVD drive. XD SSDs can gain and lose power in rapid succession with no real damage, mechanical hard drives, obviously, cannot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shroudster View Post
    How could one possibly make usefull use of such amount of ssd storage in a raid setting? (also why those and not looking into enterprise pci(e) ssd ?)
    my games HDD has 787GB in use, and the main games i play are on my SSD, its quite easy to use up lots of space when you install your entire steam library

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    Ok, so I ran into money issues and had to downgrade the 780 to a 770, I still have a 1440p monitor coming though. I'm wondering if I'm going to have any issues with it since I have a 770 now instead of a 780. The 770 is still a solid card and even more so when I can SLI it correct?

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