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ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix ($399) -vs-EVGA GeForce GTX980 Superclocked($779)
05-05-2015, 12:45 AM,
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ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix ($399) -vs-EVGA GeForce GTX980 Superclocked($779)
First of all my build w/o Video Cards :

MONITOR : ASUS PG278Q Rog Swift 27IN G-SYNC 2560X1440 1440P 144HZ 1MS DisplayPort USB3 LCD Monitor ($969)
CASE : Thermaltake Core V71 E-ATX Full Tower 8XSLOTS 2X5.25 8X3.5/2.5 Bay No PSU USB3.0 Computer Case ($169)
PROCESSOR : Intel Core i7 4790K Unlocked Quad Core HT 4GHZ/4.4GHZ Processor LGA1150 Haswell 8MB Cache Retail ($389)
MTB: GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H Black ATX LGA1150 Z97 DDR3 PCI-E16 PCI-E8 XFIRE/SLI SATA3 USB3 HDMI Motherboard ($219)
RAM: G.SKILL RipjawsZ F3-19200CL10Q-32GBZHD 32GB 4X8GB DDR3-2400 CL10 240PIN Quad Channel Memory Kit ($359)
STORAGE :Samsung 850 EVO-SERIES 1TB SSD MZ-75E1T0B/AM 2.5INCH SATA III Internal SSD With AES 256 Encryption ($514)
4 x Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Drive ($479)
POWER SUPPLY: EVGA Supernova 1300G2 1300W 80PLUS Gold Fully Modular Power Supply 10YRS Warranty ($239)
COOLING : Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance 240MM CPU Cooler w/ Customizable PWM Fan Speed ($139)
OPTICAL DRIVE : Pioneer Storage BDR-209DBK Blu-ray Drive-RW/DVDRW 16X Drive Only No Software Retail ($69)
OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64Bit English DVD OEM ($115
)

Questions:
1) Unfortunately I don't have unlimited funds Confused.... So I'm going for a "2560 x 1440/1600 (2K)" build and I wanna stay close to my 5000 CAN $ budget including the monitor... With all of this up there I am at $3700 $ w/o the Video cards so what should i do ???

I can get:
ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix OC 1253MHZ 4GB for $399 CAN
EVGA GeForce GTX980 Superclocked 4GB for $779 CAN
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Hybrid (water cooler inc.) $820 CAN
EVGA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB GDDR5 $1349 CAN !!!

2) Anything else you can see that's not right about my build up there before I press the "Checkout" button ? Any suggestions ?

Last but not least, I would like to thank Mathieu for this amazing site... After researching my new build for countless hours, this is the best info I have found on the net... Montreal rules baby !
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05-05-2015, 11:43 AM,
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RE: ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix ($399) -vs-EVGA GeForce GTX980 Superclocked($779)
For 2560 x 1440, the EVGA GeForce GTX980 Superclocked 4GB would be fine for most games at high settings, as long as you don't push AA/AF too much, as that will use too much memory. You could always add a second gtx 980 later one if you want more performance.

That said, ideally you get a GTX Titan X and max out the vast majority of games now with higher and more consistent FPS, thanks to the higher performance GPU and the 12GB of VRAM. You'd get better performance now and can replace the GTX Titan X in several years by another more powerful video card when you feel the need.

In other words: The GTX 980 will be fine as long as you don't mind turning down the graphic details down a notch in the more demanding games. With the GTX Titan X, you won't have to worry about this.

I'm curious: Why four hard drives? Just wondering what you're thinking here and if it's the best option for you.

Thanks for the kind words, glad to hear that the website is useful to you Smile

Are you from Montreal too? I live/work in St-Henri and hang out in the Quartier Latin (UQAM area) all the time.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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05-05-2015, 12:07 PM,
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RE: ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix ($399) -vs-EVGA GeForce GTX980 Superclocked($779)
Hey Mathieu,

The four hard drives are purely for storage, not even gonna raid them. I watch a lot of tv shows/movies and I'm tired of putting them on portable drives (will stream to the tv). At 119 $ each 3TB/7200 I figure its a decent price...

For the graphics cards, NCIX got a sale on the 980s this week:

1) ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Strix 1279MHZ 4GB 7.0GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 3x DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card (STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5) ($684)
2)GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980 G1 4GB 7.0GHZ GDDR5 2xHDMI DVI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card (GV-N980G1 GAMING-4GD) ($699)

I wanna get 2 of em, which one would you go for ?


Last question, ASUS PG278Q Rog Swift 27IN worth it for $969 ?

Yeah, I'm from Montreal (now live in BC), pretty sure we shared some common friends during High School (went to Brebeuf/UdM). Your name is definitely familiar...Big Grin

Thanks again !
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05-05-2015, 01:26 PM,
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RE: ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix ($399) -vs-EVGA GeForce GTX980 Superclocked($779)
If the drives are purely for storage, might want to consider 'green' drives, they spin more slowly, so they are less noisy and cost less. I just published the latest version of the best hard drives article, take a look:
http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-...-may-2015/

I'd go with the ASUS, more reliable and the GTX 980 doesn't need a three fan cooling system, it doesn't output that much heat.

That monitor is expensive, but that's because there isn't many alternatives that offer a 2560 x 1440 resolution with G-Sync and a 144HZ refresh rate. You might be able to find a better deal on it if you shop around.

Check bestdirect.ca, I often shop there, they sometimes have better prices than NCIX.
The monitor is $20 less there: http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/263163/PG278Q/ASUS/

'pretty sure we shared some common friends during High School (went to Brebeuf/UdM)'
Hmmm, I doubt it. I went to Ecole Internationale de Montreal for my first year of high school and then Honore-Mercier for the rest of my high school.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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05-05-2015, 01:52 PM,
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RE: ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix ($399) -vs-EVGA GeForce GTX980 Superclocked($779)
Thanks again Mathieu, your the best !
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05-07-2015, 02:47 PM,
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RE: ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix ($399) -vs-EVGA GeForce GTX980 Superclocked($779)
Have you looked into M2 SSDs or PCI-E x4 SSDs?

The specs show both are faster than the SATA 3 interface, but I haven't read up on this much since my system doesn't have either M2 slot or an available 4x PCI slot
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.7Ghz Mobo: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G HSF: Cryorig R1 Ultimate
Mem: 2 x 8GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB + a few spinners
PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP Platinum Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Monitors: 2 x Dell 2007FP 1600x1200
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