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 Post subject: NVIDIA Graphics Card Driver Support
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 4:35 pm 
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Scott,
Do you have a preference when it comes to driver support from manufacturers using the NVIDIA chipset? I was looking at some GTX 770 cards from GIGABYTE, PNY, and EVGA. I know drivers can always be obtained from NVIDIA directly, but I wanted to know of if you have a preference for any of these brands (or another)?

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 Post subject: Re: NVIDIA Graphics Card Driver Support
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:57 pm 
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Even with cards using the same chipset there can be variations in clocking, memory, cooling, and the type of display interface connections available. I don't have any specfic brand preferences, instead I just look for the best combination of features and of course pricing and any available deals or offers. I don't consider the different mfr. driver support as I recommend getting the latest drivers direct from NVIDIA. Scott.


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Given all the other specs being the same do you think it is worth spending an extra $50 to get a 4GB GDDR3 version over a 2GB GDDR3 version? Also, do you think the roughly $90 difference between the GTX 760 and GTX 770 is worth it?

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If I was into the absolute latest games I'd spend the money for the 770 vs. more RAM on a 760. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:38 pm 
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What about spending an extra $50 on more RAM in the 770?


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Evan, this may help http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gam ... ,3107.html

At the end is a list of cards. (Well on the site at least!!)


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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:13 pm 
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Evan wrote:
What about spending an extra $50 on more RAM in the 770?

In general I don't think the extra RAM on a video card is worthwhile. Scott.


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David, thanks for the link. Hopefully it will help others as well.

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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:16 pm 
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Would running a current high end game on multiple monitors at a max resolution be the arguing point for more RAM?

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It's possible, but I'd want to see tests showing any appreciable difference before I spent the money. Scott.


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What wattage power supply would you recommend for a system with GTX770, single HDD, DVD drive, with a single case fan?

What about if two more HDDs and an SSD were added?

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:39 am 
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I would go 650W at a minimum, or 750W if you were running multiple 3.5" HDDs in a RAID configuration. SSDs or 2.5" laptop HDDs don't draw any appreciable power. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:47 am 
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How are these two?
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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:49 am 
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Or do you have a specific manufacturer you are recommending currently?

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 1:55 am 
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You can see my power supply recommendation criteria here. I currently recommend both PC Power & Cooling and Corsair power supplies. Both of those companies feature high quality single-rail designs which are primarly manufactured by Seasonic. Others that meet my recommendation criteria should also be excellent choices. Scott.


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Here is the spec page for the Rosewill PSU. Looks good to me.

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It looks good to me as well. I've had good results with Rosewill branded products in the past. Scott.


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Alright. I picked up a MSI GTX 770. Now I just need to figure out if I want a PSU with a modular design or not.

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I was looking at these 5 PSU models. The one I linked to before is the 80 PLUS GOLD certified one, all the rest are BRONZE certified. Do you still recommend the GOLD over the others?

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Evan wrote:
...The one I linked to before is the 80 PLUS GOLD certified one, all the rest are BRONZE certified. Do you still recommend the GOLD over the others?

Actually I just recommend *any* 80 PLUS certification. That being said it takes a higher level of design and engineering to achieve the 80 PLUS Gold or Platinum certifications, and I believe that may pay off with greater performance and reliability in the long run. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:06 pm 
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I ended up going with a Seasonic SS-760XP2. Should work well for my needs.

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