***Update 10/06/13. I purchased the GTX 770 4GB the other week after some more research. I will take a few pictures when I get a chance. At 1440p there are diminishing returns for the 780. I used benchmark comparisons (both EVGA superclocked) for 770 versus 780 and it showed the 780 had an average improvement of 18.5% in FPS at 1440p over the 770. This was for a cost increase of 43% ($660/$460), so not worth it unless you have the dough and need 8x MSAA on everything, which I don't. I am very happy with the card. I do not have the 1440p monitor yet but I am loving the visuals at 1200p TN panel. I am a console gamer convert so Far Cry 3 and Crysis 3 are blowing me away!
**Disclaimer 1: My PC is currently on the floor as I need to get a new desk (I have a double tiered one and it does not fit). However I have placed it on top of two boards and there is a large gap in the middle where the PSU can pull air through.
A few months back I moved to a larger apartment with my own office which immediately shot the "build a PC" bug in my veins. Since then I have been researching with the help of those on this site as well youtube and several others. I have been buying a few parts each payday, trying to catch good sales.
I plan to use this rig for gaming on my 1920 x 1200 monitor (HP w2408h) which I've had for 4 years. I would like to upgrade to a larger 2560 x 1440 or 2560 x 1600 next year. I also do a lot of multitasking with music, photos and word processing. I used photoshop a few years back and plan to get back into photo editing and possibly explore video-editing as well. For this reason I wanted to keep my options open with a hyperthreading processor and decent RAM. As for the overkill PSU I got it on a killer sale and who knows, maybe I will want to SLI eventually.
I have my CPU on an overclock of 4.4 ghz at 1.23 volts. Temps stay in the mid 30's from day to day use (can't game yet). Stress tests such as AIDA have it averaging in the early 70's under load with maxes in the mid 80s. This is probably a bit high but I am new to overclocking and still working on it. It has been rock solid stable so far. I will probably drop it 4.3 once I start gaming.
Finally, the biggest revelation: mechanical keyboard. This Corsair K70 is my first mechanical and I will NEVER go back to a membrane. I like it so much I bought one to use for the office.
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