Looking for good quality but not super expensive 1440p gaming monitor

I was planning to go for 4k gaming, but after already buying a Gigabyte G1 super overclock GTX970 and planning on going 2 way sli with them, i found out that even the 980 in SLI has trouble hitting more than 35-40fps at 4k in some games like crysis 3, metro 2033 etc.. So if even with sli 970's i'll only be getting 30-35fps i'm beginning to doubt whether it's worth it. I was considering maybe selling my 970 and getting like an R9 295x2 or something but i'm not much of an AMD fan.

So my backup plan was to go for a higher quality 1440p IPS monitor rather than settling for a cheaper TN 4k monitor which some people are saying might actually look better than 4k overall.

But i'm having trouble finding the kind of monitor i would want, i'm looking for preferably 27" or bigger, IPS monitor with decent response time. I was thinking of getting something with solid picture quality like an OLED 1440p monitor or a 1440p IPS with G-sync, but i can't seem to find either with the exception of the ASUS ROG PG278Q, which is a 1440p G-Sync monitor, but i can't seem to find much info on the refresh rate, if it's IPS or TN etc.. all i know is it claims 1ms gtg response, g-sync, 1440p and 16.7mil color which makes me think it's IPS but it's running anwhere from $800 to $1,000 for it! And there's no way i'd be able to afford that after spending nearly $1,500 to upgarde my rig. I'm buying a 2nd GTX970 to go with my 1st, an I7-4790K, a z97 mobo (thinking either gigabyte G1 sniper or Asus Maximus Hero VII) a Corsair 760t full tower case, a Corsair RM850w PSU, a 1tb HDD and 256GB SSD, 8gb Corsair vengeance pro or dominator platinum ram (hate the look of rip jaw ram) so you can see that i'm already pushing a tall budget.
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  1. What about this one? BenQ 1440p IPS panel with 4 ms response time with speakers. Comes with all 4 kinds of connectors for only $350! Also with 1.07 billion colors!!!

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-gw2765ht
  2. -Lone- said:
    What about this one? BenQ 1440p IPS panel with 4 ms response time with speakers. Comes with all 4 kinds of connectors for only $350! Also with 1.07 billion colors!!!

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/benq-monitor-gw2765ht


    Yeah that's pretty interesting, it definitely isn't as good as the ASUS one, since it doesn't have G-sync and 144hz, but it's not bad for the price i'd say.
  3. What about this one? what do you think of it. I saw a real nice review of it on linustechtips, and it appears pretty decent.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236294&cm_re=pb278q-_-24-236-294-_-Product


    (here's the review of it)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5iCuzYLN3w
  4. Yeah, that one is pretty nice too, except for it isn't IPS like you wanted and it is $100 more :)
  5. -Lone- said:
    Yeah, that one is pretty nice too, except for it isn't IPS like you wanted and it is $100 more :)


    Yeah it's apparently PLS, but i've heard some people say that PLS is actually better than most mid range IPS in regards to color; and has the same viewing angles too.
  6. Hmm, hard decision :) lol
  7. xDarkxIdealsx said:
    -Lone- said:
    Yeah, that one is pretty nice too, except for it isn't IPS like you wanted and it is $100 more :)


    Yeah it's apparently PLS, but i've heard some people say that PLS is actually better than most mid range IPS in regards to color; and has the same viewing angles too.


    IPS/PLS look almost identical, with no 'big' difference between them. I have used a PLS before, and compared to TN, much better when the same refresh rate.

    I used to own an Asus PB278Q, similar choice to what you have and ended up getting this. Currently I have gone Samsung 4k UHD.
  8. So...you have 2 different monitors now?
  9. Have you considered any of the Korean off-brand monitors such as Qnix or Xstar? A 27" PLS 1440P monitor can be had for around 300$~. One of the major advantages for these monitors is their ability to OC to at least 96hz, I was able to get mine to 110 without issue.
  10. I don't think everyone can read Korean, lol, that's what mine came in as when I bought one of them :)
  11. -Lone- said:
    So...you have 2 different monitors now?


    if your looking at my old part list, yes.
  12. napkun said:
    Have you considered any of the Korean off-brand monitors such as Qnix or Xstar? A 27" PLS 1440P monitor can be had for around 300$~. One of the major advantages for these monitors is their ability to OC to at least 96hz, I was able to get mine to 110 without issue.


    nope, and never will. If you read the small print, dead pixels often aren't covered by warranty, and it is stated that dead pixels are 'normal' in cases for some.
  13. unknownofprob said:
    xDarkxIdealsx said:
    -Lone- said:
    Yeah, that one is pretty nice too, except for it isn't IPS like you wanted and it is $100 more :)


    Yeah it's apparently PLS, but i've heard some people say that PLS is actually better than most mid range IPS in regards to color; and has the same viewing angles too.


    IPS/PLS look almost identical, with no 'big' difference between them. I have used a PLS before, and compared to TN, much better when the same refresh rate.

    I used to own an Asus PB278Q, similar choice to what you have and ended up getting this. Currently I have gone Samsung 4k UHD.


    unknownofprob said:
    napkun said:
    Have you considered any of the Korean off-brand monitors such as Qnix or Xstar? A 27" PLS 1440P monitor can be had for around 300$~. One of the major advantages for these monitors is their ability to OC to at least 96hz, I was able to get mine to 110 without issue.


    nope, and never will. If you read the small print, dead pixels often aren't covered by warranty, and it is stated that dead pixels are 'normal' in cases for some.


    Yeah that's why i'm not really too keen on getting a korean one. Stuck pixels drive me nuts unless they're like waaayy up in a corner where i don't see it or something. But honestly i might have to get a korean one, the cost of my build just went quite a bit higher since i decided to go for X99. Although it's probably the most shallow reason to spend several hundred dollars lol, the ASUS X99 Pro and Deluxe mobo's have real nice looking white armory-plate covering them that looks great with the arctic white and black corsair 760t case i'm gonna get and the silver/white corsair dominator platinum ram; as well as matching the silver and white on the Intel 730 series 480gb SSD's i'm going to get and put in RAID 0. It also looks great with the Swiftech H220X liquid cpu cooler i'm gonna get since the block has replaceable LED cover panels to change the lighting color to white/blue/red/green and the blue/white looks great with the setup as well as the white from the visible reservoir. Gonna be damn expensive...but worth it if i can scrape together the money.

    Asus X99 Pro mobo = $320
    Corsair 760t Case = $175
    16gb quad channel ddr4 RAM = $400
    I7-5820K 6 core CPU = $389
    Swiftech H220X liquid cpu cooler = $140

    (once i get these parts i can swap my gtx970 and xfx ts 550watt psu along with my 500gb HDD and disk drive into the new case which will let me actually "use" the pc even though i'm not done yet ($1,440 spent so far)

    Then i'll be getting

    Intel 730 series 480bb SSD x 2 = $440
    CoolerMaster V850w PSU = $150
    2nd Gigabyte GTX970 G1 gpu for SLI = $369
    Windows 7 OEM = $80

    So i'm looking at like $2,500 or so....on an $8.15/hour job lol

    Then i would still have to get a monitor, so i'm coming close to $3,000 total at that point, although i could always sell my 550w psu, i5-3570k, my hdd/disk drive, and the case on ebay or something for a couple hundred.
  14. Getting an ASRock X99 Extreme4 would help with the budget.....and is an excellent motherboard for the price.

    Speaking of expensive I just bought a Cooler Master Cosmos 2 Ultra case.
  15. I would say you could save some money by changing some parts, but since you're like as picky as I am about looks, I don't blame you, lol.
  16. unknownofprob said:
    Getting an ASRock X99 Extreme4 would help with the budget.....and is an excellent motherboard for the price.

    Speaking of expensive I just bought a Cooler Master Cosmos 2 Ultra case.


    Yeah, if it looked anywhere near as good as this ASUS one then i'd jump on it. Unfortunately i can't find a single mobo that looks this good in either z97 or x99. THe only ones that i "may" even consider getting instead are the ASUS Formula z97 with the nice black armor stuff on it and the fact that it actually lets you liquid cool the motherboard with two hose connections with copper channels leading through the mosfet and whatnot on the board. And as a 3rd place contendor, the ASUS Maximus Hero VII. Honestly if these boards had some of the aesthetics that the x99 did i might jump on them, like if they had the 8 RAM slots, with 4 on each side etc..
  17. -Lone- said:
    I would say you could save some money by changing some parts, but since you're like as picky as I am about looks, I don't blame you, lol.


    Yeah i really loooove the white and silver look of the setup. That white ASUS x99 mobo is just perfect looking, the swiftech cpu liquid cooler is not only the best on the market, beating out the Corsair h110 and stuff for cpu temps, but it also has a great looking "tron" like led effect that you can make white or blue to match either the white/silver of the RAM/mobo/ssd's/case or the blue led that my gpu has. Then i can also expand this cpu cooler, even though it's an all in one pre-built one. You just buy the hose length and fittings and gpu block etc.. and replace the hose that came with it and you can make a full water loop. The damn RAM is the thing that really gets me, they don't sell DDR4 in less than 2,400 or so, so i can't get any of that sexy looking corsair dominator for less than $399 whereas i can get 16gb (4x4) of DDR3 platinum for $250ish.

    but once i calculate everything i'm really not spending "too" much more. About $150 more on RAM and about $80 more on the CPU (i would only save money on the mobo if i went with asus hero instead of formula) so i'm only saving between $230 and $330 or so depending on which z97 board i would get if i did that instead of x99. So i figured, "meh, $200-300 more isn't too bad considering the looks and benefits of x99" but i also considered that if i sold my current 970, and saved that extra $300ish i could actually get myself an EVGA GTX980 Classified super overclocked gpu with 1,397mhz base boost clock and it has a special ln2 overclocking custom bios, OR, they also have the EVGA GTX980 hydro copper, which is a 980 classified already put in a waterblock ready for a loop (although i'm not sure if it has the custom ln2 bios, if it did i'd prolly jump all over it) Reason i went with 970 was cuz i originally planned to do 4k with 2 gigabyte g1 970's in SLI, but now that i'm likely sticking with 1440p i wonder if i would've been better of getting either a Classified GTX980, hydro copper 980 for a waterloop with my swiftech, or even an R9 295x2 instead since the classified is $699, hydro copper is $799 and R9 295x2 is $750-800ish which is about the cost of the 970 i have + the one i was going to get. I wonder how sli 970's stack up to the classified/hydro copper 980.
  18. Lol, you might be even more picky than me :P But I like red and black scheme for my mobo and have the RAM either black or red to match the RAM slots. Then of course the GPU has to be red, which is AMD, then my case fans are blue, and my built in case LEDs are green. For physical parts I guess I like black and red the most, but overall my computer is multi colored :)
  19. -Lone- said:
    Lol, you might be even more picky than me :P But I like red and black scheme for my mobo and have the RAM either black or red to match the RAM slots. Then of course the GPU has to be red, which is AMD, then my case fans are blue, and my built in case LEDs are green. For physical parts I guess I like black and red the most, but overall my computer is multi colored :)


    Well, i wouldn't say i'm "that" picky. I have my gtx970 with blue led under the windforce logo, a microsoft sidewinder x4 keyboard with red led's, a razer abyssus mouse with blue led, a Razer Kraken 7.1 headset with green led's etc.. so i'm pretty unmatched at least on peripherals and gpu. I figured i might as well try to make things look close together if possible. Which is where the whole white/silver with some black theme comes in. White and black case with white led fans, white and silver motherboard, silver RAM with white led's, white or blue led on waterblock and white reservoir, blue led on gpu etc.. it all fits that "cool color" theme with whites and blues rather than "hot" colors like yellow/black/red etc..

    As for the gpu, i'm more concerned with performance, i got my 970 before i even decided to make a new build, i had to replace my 660 that i accidentally magnetized while measuring with a metal tape measure -__- then after deciding on a new build i was gonna make a 4k rig with sli 970's. Then i found out the lower 256 bit memory bus and less cuda cores makes 2 way SLI with 970s and even 980s to some degree worse for 4k than an R9 295x2 or even 780 ti's since the 295x2 has 512 bit memory bus and over 5,000 cuda/shader cores and the 780 ti has 384 bit bus and 2,880 cores which makes up for the lower vram even at 4k. So i settled on 1440p, but i kind of regret the 970 purchase now since a single real good card might be better for 1440p considering the possibility of driver issues with SLI. Although i gotta admit that having two gpu's usually "looks" cooler especially in a full tower case like mine that'll have tons of room since i'm buying 2tb of ssd storage so i can remove all hard drive bays. But the nice looks of that sleek 980 classified or maybe doing a small EK water loop with the 980 hydro copper would be pretty damn cool as well, and i already would have the gear to setup a loop with the swiftech cpu cooler. And i'm still considering the 295x2 but one benefit of the 980's is i wouldn't even have to change my 550 watt xfx 80+ bronze psu right away even moving from a 90-100 wat 3570K with 150 watt 970 to a 140 watt 5820K and 180 watt 980 i think.
  20. Take power to the max! Now I have 3100w hahahaha. But I have a blue/black mouse the Logitech G502, multi color Razer blackwidow chroma, and no headset for me :)
  21. -Lone- said:
    Take power to the max! Now I have 3100w hahahaha. But I have a blue/black mouse the Logitech G502, multi color Razer blackwidow chroma, and no headset for me :)


    lol, nice. let me guess, dual AX1500's? Corsair 900D case? that would be pretty epic setup :D


    I'm now considering changing my plans, rather than X99 with the white theme, i'm thinking maybe go with the Z97 ASUS Maximus Formula VII which is still a $300 board and looks pretty cool, especially if i plan to do a waterloop since it has copper under the mobo and threads so you can watercool the motherboard itself. Then get an I7-4790K instead of the I7-5820K which saves me $80, and get Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 rather than DDR4 which for 16gb (4x4gb) i save $150.

    With the extra money along with selling my Gigabyte G1 GTX970 i would be able to either buy a $699 EVGA GTX980 Classified and use the not as nice looking EK waterblock (they don't have one for classified yet i guess, but EK said that the 780 classified water block "might" fit) or just get the $799 EVGA GTX980 Hydro Copper, it's clocked the same as the classified (1,397mhz boost) but doesn't have the dual bios so i'm not sure if it'd be better to wait for EK to release a classified water block for it or to go with the hydro copper that has the beautiful EVGA LED lit up water block on it. tough decision, i could also use the EK gtx970 gigabyte block, but it only covers like 75% of the card so i worry that it could get damaged and also doesn't look nearly as good, especially if i do SLI.

    I wonder if the watercooling of the 980 Hydro Copper would allow it to overclock better and thus perform better than the air cooled 980 classified even though it doesn't have the Ln2 and overclock custom bios's.
  22. Actually I required a single 4 pin power connector and my AX1500i didn't have it. So I ordered the Evga Supernova 1600w P2 just for that little connector...what a waste of time. Now that the extra power connector has been disabled, I don't need the new PSU, so I bought it just for 10min of use, time to return it. So now my new computer actually works and my problem has been resolved, time to enjoy the x99 ultimate build :D
  23. -Lone- said:
    Actually I required a single 4 pin power connector and my AX1500i didn't have it. So I ordered the Evga Supernova 1600w P2 just for that little connector...what a waste of time. Now that the extra power connector has been disabled, I don't need the new PSU, so I bought it just for 10min of use, time to return it. So now my new computer actually works and my problem has been resolved, time to enjoy the x99 ultimate build :D


    Very nice lol. So you're gonna get the AX1500i now that you don't need the 4 pin? the supernova P2 is still great but the 1500i is literally the best psu money can buy for non server pc's.

    What is your X99 ultimate setup? 5960X with rampage v extreme or something? Like i mentioned i was considering going I7 5820K with ASUS X99 PRO mobo and DDR4 corsair plat. etc.. but with the money i would save going down to Z97 ASUS Formula VII, I7 4790K and DDR3 corsair plat (~$250) i would either be able to buy a 2nd Gigabyte GTX970 for SLI or if i sold my old pc (i5 3570K, gtx970, 8gb a-data 1600mhz RAM, XFX TS 550w PSU) for like $500 and combined it with the $250 i saved i could get a GTX980 Classified or possibly a hydro copper. If i do go with the Z97 Formula there's really no reason to not do a waterloop since i can watercool the MoBo too.

    I'm just soooo stuck on what to do with the GPU, either stick with my 970 and get a 2nd 970 and buy two EK waterblocks for them, sell my old pc and 970, buy a 980 classified and run it stock or wait for an EK classified block to come out, or 3rd, get the GTX980 Hydro Copper that comes with the classified 1,397mhz OC and is already inside of the EVGA waterblock. What would you reccomend? I imagine dual 970's would possibly beat even a watercooled 980 classified, but at 1440p would i even need 970 sli? I might be able to hit 60fps at 1440p even in demanding/modded games with a hydro copper or 980 classified. Although SLI might look better if i could find a way to fully cover the card.

    Also, do you think there'd be much difference with gaming and mild/moderate editing with I7 4790K, DDR3, Z97 vs I7 5820K, DDR4 on X99?
  24. "Also, do you think there'd be much difference with gaming and mild/moderate editing with I7 4790K, DDR3, Z97 vs I7 5820K, DDR4 on X99?"

    Difference won't be much now, but later it will (for the CPU when you will need 6 cores and higher threads). Due to the high timings on DDR4 currently, DDR3 G-Skill Tridents can match it's performance making the ram currently not a 'big' hit.
  25. My specs are at the bottom right corner of my comments, but you do need 970 SLI if you wanna get like 60 fps with 1440p with no problems. I'm not sure if you should get that now or wait, right now I'm with AMD cards, the only Nvidia card I've ever had was the gtx 780, so I'm not really experienced with their cards. But the 295x2 is also my first AMD card ever just like the gtx 780 was my first Nvidia csrd, lol. As for if you'd notice any difference with a z97 or x99 build for editing, you might if you do really heavy editing, but small to medium, you probably won't notice much. I got x99 because it sounds cool :) but also because since I have the best GPU, might as well get the best of everything else, but it is pretty unnecessary :D
  26. ^ Absolute beast build. Surprised you went with a 5930k and not 5960X!
  27. Well, from the benchmarks I saw, the i7 5930k seems better, and I don't need 8 cores since I don't do any editing at all, lol. Plus I wanted to invest more into my RAM and SSDs than a $1,000 CPU :D
  28. Real question is, do you need two R9 295X2's?! I wish I had the money to do that.

    Good choice CPU wise though, same story for getting the 4930k myself. Anyway, don't want to disturb this thread.
  29. Not really, at the beginning I have only planned to order 1 of them, but ended up with 2 just because it seems cool and it looks cool, hahaha. I was planning to get 64GB of the RAM I have, but G.skill told me it wouldn't be recommended to mix 2 model of RAM together, as in 2 kits, even if it is the same exact model. So I Got 32GB instead and got a 2nd 1TB SSD instead, not that I need either of them, I'll probably only use a max of 8GB of RAM and 300 GB of storage memory :D

    Edit: We were just talking about looks, mostly anyways :)
  30. Doh! stupid lol, didn't see those specs right in my face. And yeah i like X99 too, i liked that ASUS X99 with it's white color and everything. but i saw some build pics of the asus formula VII with the corsair dominator filling all 4 slots and that looks very cool as well. That sucks about the SLI, i really want to do watercooling on my GPU but like an idiot i just got the highest clocked 970 i could find that had the best air cooler since at the time i wasn't planning on getting a new rig. If i had known that the only full card waterblocks are for EVGA reference ones i would've definitely gotten that instead...

    I was looking at the R9 295x2 as well, but i really do like some of the nvidia features like MFAA and whatnot so i'm torn. I just love the nvidia classified cards, always have, and i'm practically drooling over that GTX980 Hydro Copper with the beautiful waterblock it has, it just sucks that it's only dual 6 pin rather than dual 8 pin and doesn't have the LN2 bios like the classified 980 does. I can't really seem to find anywhere that benchmarked the 980 classified and hydro copper against the other 980 and 970 gpu models.
  31. unknownofprob said:
    Real question is, do you need two R9 295X2's?! I wish I had the money to do that.

    Good choice CPU wise though, same story for getting the 4930k myself. Anyway, don't want to disturb this thread.


    oh don't worry about it, you aren't disturbing anything, more discussion is a good thing even if it's not on topic. hell none of us are on topic anymore lol. this was a question about monitors not chipset and gpu, but who cares right?

    I've seen a couple people with dual 295x2's, it's pretty insane. I'd love to get my hands on one of the ASUS ARES III R9 295X2's, has a full custom ARES III EK waterblock instead of the asetek radiator/fan setup, and even higher clock speeds, lower temps etc.. they only made 500 in the world.
  32. I just like liquid cooling cards and I like the red from AMD, it's like the kind of red that means like hardcore and deep gaming, although I don't do either of those, just super heavy graphics hahahaha. When I get my pc in my room tomorrow perhaps I'll take a picture, but my camera on my Samsung Galaxy S5 is cracked, so I'll probably use my tablet camera which kinda sucks, but it's better than a blurry picture. I'll show you my own Christmas tree :D
  33. My 2x 295x2s are like the heart of my computer, they're the only ones that's red in the center of my pc :)
  34. xDarkxIdealsx said:
    unknownofprob said:
    Real question is, do you need two R9 295X2's?! I wish I had the money to do that.

    Good choice CPU wise though, same story for getting the 4930k myself. Anyway, don't want to disturb this thread.


    oh don't worry about it, you aren't disturbing anything, more discussion is a good thing even if it's not on topic. hell none of us are on topic anymore lol. this was a question about monitors not chipset and gpu, but who cares right?

    I've seen a couple people with dual 295x2's, it's pretty insane. I'd love to get my hands on one of the ASUS ARES III R9 295X2's, has a full custom ARES III EK waterblock instead of the asetek radiator/fan setup, and even higher clock speeds, lower temps etc.. they only made 500 in the world.


    I have that card in a megathread I've created, if you've seen it.
  35. unknownofprob said:
    xDarkxIdealsx said:
    unknownofprob said:
    Real question is, do you need two R9 295X2's?! I wish I had the money to do that.

    Good choice CPU wise though, same story for getting the 4930k myself. Anyway, don't want to disturb this thread.


    oh don't worry about it, you aren't disturbing anything, more discussion is a good thing even if it's not on topic. hell none of us are on topic anymore lol. this was a question about monitors not chipset and gpu, but who cares right?

    I've seen a couple people with dual 295x2's, it's pretty insane. I'd love to get my hands on one of the ASUS ARES III R9 295X2's, has a full custom ARES III EK waterblock instead of the asetek radiator/fan setup, and even higher clock speeds, lower temps etc.. they only made 500 in the world.


    I have that card in a megathread I've created, if you've seen it.


    The ARES III? GOD DAMN you are lucky to have that lol. I'm really considering what i can do with my build. If i go with that formula motherboard, and the swiftech liquid cooler/reservoir etc.. combo and either buy the EVGA 980 classified and hope that EK releases a waterblock for it soon or get the 980 hydro copper and hope it's as good as the classified even though it doesn't have the dual 8 pin pci and no custom bios, then i can sell my old rig with i5 3570k and gigabyte 970 for around $500 since they'd only have to add a hard drive, disc drive, and PSU, then my total cost for an I7-4790K, ASUS Formula viI mobo, 16gb corsair dominator plat., swiftech h240x cooler, and the classified or hydro copper would only cost me $1,900 or $2,000 depending on which GPU i got, and after subtracting the $500 for the old stuff i sell i'd only pay $1,500. Then adding two 500gb SSD's for RAID 0 and a coolermaster V850 PSU i'd still only be at $2,000. ANd i can take the $250 less that i would've had to spend on DDR4 RAM and the I7 5820K 6 core and buy watercooling tubing, fittings etc.. with it.

    what kind of FPS increase do you think i would get going from a cheapo $70 Asrock H61 mobo that wouldn't let me OC my cpu, I5 3570K at stock 3.5ghz, Gigabyte gtx970 (1,329mhz boost) with air cooling, and 1333mhz adata ram to the $300 ASUS Maximus Formula VII z97 mobo with the copperchill motherboard watercooling, I7 4790K at 4.6ghz watercooled, and either a classified 980 or hydro copper 980 (1,397mhz boost) waterblocked and cooled and overclocked?
  36. This is just absolutely...WOW. compare to my previous 4k PC, this new computer loads everything in a flash :D lightning fast, lol.
  37. -Lone- said:
    This is just absolutely...WOW. compare to my previous 4k PC, this new computer loads everything in a flash :D lightning fast, lol.


    New one? You mean the one listed in your sig with the 5930k and quad fire 295x2's? or just got some ssd's or something? What was your old setup then?
  38. Yup, the one that's in my signature right now :D
  39. -Lone- said:
    Yup, the one that's in my signature right now :D


    That is a nice setup. I'm kind of considering getting an R9 295x2 as well, but i'm a little worried about the power consumption and whatnot. And i'm planning on customizing the swiftech H240X liquid cpu cooler into a full water loop, so i would have to take apart that asetek radiator setup and get a 295x2 EK waterblock for it. I saw some pictures of the GTX980 Hydro Copper, and i gotta say that thing looks badass to no end. It has two different spots where the EVGA logo lights up due to LED's and also has led's going around the entire middle of the block so between the backplate and bottom there's one long stream of bluish white light coming out. Very nice stuff for sure, i wonder what kind of fps differences i would get going from gigabyate 970 to the 980 hydro or 980 classified or 295x2. i don't see any benchmarks that compare the 295x2 to the 980 classy or hydro copper since there's barely any info on those two 980's at all. I'm also wondering how 2 SLI 970's stack up to that.
  40. -Lone- said:
    Yup, the one that's in my signature right now :D


    You should take some pics of your rig, i''d love to see it. Your sig says you have an ASUS 295x2, is that the ARES III? and you have two of them? *droolz....*


    I'm re-organizing my build setup as well. Gonna get a Corsair 900D in a few days if i can get a loan before my check comes in that is. i'm either gonna stick to the z97 formula, 4790k etc.. or go for X99/DDR4 with either a rampage extreme or X99 pro mobo and 5820K cpu, but i dropped the swiftech all in one, and i'm going for full custom water loop. gonna put a 480mm radiator in the "basement" compartment below the actual pc area where the PSU goes, and then another 480 rad in the top, then i'm gonna get either a GTX980 hydro copper to run through my waterloop or a sapphire 295x2 and put it in an EK block. Thinking of doing Mayhems white for my colored coolant, especially if i go with the white colored X99 mobo.

    I still wonder if it'd be better to go all out with Rampage V extreme X99, DDR4, 6 core 5820k etc.. or to stick to Formula VII z97, DDR3, 4790K and use the money i save to get a 500gb SSD or save up towards a 2nd GTX980 hydro copper for SLI.
  41. I don't think mine is the ARES version, whatever that is. But if you're going for x99, I'd go with 5930k so you can get up to 4 GPUs later and play 4k@ultra :)
  42. -Lone- said:
    I don't think mine is the ARES version, whatever that is. But if you're going for x99, I'd go with 5930k so you can get up to 4 GPUs later and play 4k@ultra :)


    The ARES III is the asus limited edition R9 295x2, it comes with a custom waterblock already on it that has a red LED cut out that lights up saying ARES on it. it's like $1,500. i didn't think ASUS made a regular R9 295x2 though, which is why i thought you had the ARES one. They only made 500 of them in the world, wish i could get my hands on one lol. But the EVGA GTX980 Hydro Copper has the exact same thing, an LED lit special waterblock, so it's cool :D


    Yeah i'm actually thinking of going X79 now, it has some of the same benefits of X99 like much better mobo's, 6 core cpu's etc.. and the RAM is much cheaper with 16gb corsair platinum being $250 instead of $400 which will let me get either a corsair AX860 or EVGA G2 1000w psu with the extra cash, seems like i can't find white custom cables for the evga one though so i'll have to go with the 860 for now i guess since i'm doing a black and white theme build; which is why i'm going X79, gonna get the ASUS Rampage IV black edition instead of the Rampage V extreme X99 since they seem to be "fairly" similar in performance, and the black edition looks cooler and comes with a free game, not to mentione the cheaper RAM of course.

    And i can also get the I7 4820K 4 core cpu for $320 instead of the 6 core 5820k for $399. I know it's a downgrade, but it'll help me afford the PSU, and it keeps cooler temps than 4770/4790 even though it's a tad worse than those, so when i water cool and OC to 4.8ghz or something i'll prolly outdo the 4790k (never heard of a 4790k hitting 4.7ghz+ have you?). Not to mention the 4820K has 40 pci lanes unlike the 4770/4790 or even the 5820k!!

    So once overclocked and watercooled i'll have a cpu that's as good as an OC'd 4790K @ 4.7ghz ish, but with much lower temps, and that beautiful Rampage IV black mobo, and i can always snag a 4930k or 4960x on sale used later when i get more money since i'm already coughing up $3k on this pc -___-


    My full build is

    ASUS Rampage IV black edition mobo $459
    I7 4820K cpu $320
    Corsair 900D Super tower case $350
    16gb (4x4) Corsair dominator platinum DDR3 2400mhz RAM $250
    EVGA GTX980 Hydro Copper 1,393mhz gpu $800
    Corsair AX860w or EVGA G2 1000w PSU $149 or $169
    Custom cabling ~$80
    EK coolstream XT 480mm Radiators x2 (no cost)
    XSPC 250mm Cylinder reservoir/pump combo $160
    8 x Corsair SP120 White LED fans - $80
    ~10 3/8" x 1/2" Compression fittings $70
    Swiftech Apogee XL cpu waterblock with custom ROG logo (fits my mobo) $85
    3/8" x 1/2" PrimoChill LRT Advanced Tubing $25
    Mayhem's Pastel Ice White Dyed Coolant x 2 bottles = $40

    TOTAL - $2,910 + TAX (so about $3,000) it'll be worth it, this job i'm working is hell though lol
  43. Lol, I suppose you could do that, but I've never went down before, only up, so I wouldn't know how they're work. I've get the Evga PSU since they're cheaper for more power. I switched my Corsair AX1500i for a Evga Supernova 1600w P2 and it works perfectly for less money. My AX1500i was actually defective. But I don't know how this build will work with 4k, never tried something like this :)
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