EVGA or MSI

rafa579

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H5 Universal 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($109.99)
Storage: Intel 535 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($55.00)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($416.00)
Case: Fractal Design Define S ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($0.00)
Total: $1085.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-03 11:39 EST-0500

I have the EVGA there because its about to ship by TigerDirect. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=9591547
But I found this one for around the same price http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127834
Can anybody help me? I don't know which one.
 

railven

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MSI won me over with these pretty designs. Also they seem to get good reviews/reception.

However, EVGA has been a dream to deal with (bought a few things directly through their store, quick snappy response and delivery).

I've had to RMA one thing to each and had no issues, EVGA had faster turn around though.

But based on design, MSI wins it. Stock cooler (or at least shroud) is a no go to me.
 

rafa579

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MSI won me over with these pretty designs. Also they seem to get good reviews/reception.

However, EVGA has been a dream to deal with (bought a few things directly through their store, quick snappy response and delivery).

I've had to RMA one thing to each and had no issues, EVGA had faster turn around though.

But based on design, MSI wins it. Stock cooler (or at least shroud) is a no go to me.

I dont know what to do, the msi is like 15 dollars more expensive. MSI looks awesome and the EVGA has one fan? :'(
 

Phynaz

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You're buying a $400+ video card, don't worry about $15. That's less than a 1.5% price difference for your entire system.
 

railven

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I dont know what to do, the msi is like 15 dollars more expensive. MSI looks awesome and the EVGA has one fan? :'(

If the price for the PCPick list is right, it has the EVGA at $416, the MSI is $410 after rebate.

Based on the designs, you're going to kick yourself if you get a stock shroud (fan) card. You want something custom, for improved everything (noise, cooling, and overclocking). Even if it cost a little more up front, you'll win in the long run.
 

rafa579

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If the price for the PCPick list is right, it has the EVGA at $416, the MSI is $410 after rebate.

Based on the designs, you're going to kick yourself if you get a stock shroud (fan) card. You want something custom, for improved everything (noise, cooling, and overclocking). Even if it cost a little more up front, you'll win in the long run.

whats the stock shroud, evga? which one do you suggest
 

railven

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whats the stock shroud, evga? which one do you suggest

The shroud is essentially the cover/housing for the fan/heatsink. Hopefully this helps:

GTX 980 with stock shroud (note it looks similar to the EVGA on):
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Noise level:
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Temperature:
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Here is the MSI 980:
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Noise Level:
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Temperature:
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Between those two cards, the MSI one is overall better.
 

Seba

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Correct terminology would be graphics cards with centrifugal fan (the "shroud" type of graphics card, also known as "blower" cards) and graphics cards with axial fan or fans.

A centrifugal fan pushes the air in the radial direction (to the "sides" of the fan), so the air enters parallel with the fan rotation axis and then changes direction by 90 degrees.

An axial fan pushes the air in axial direction (the air keeps its direction, parallel with the rotation axis of the fan).

Graphics cards with centrifugal fan are noisier (because the fan is smaller and has to operate at higher rpm) but are better for multi-GPU configurations and they also exhaust a big part of heated air outside of the PC case.

Graphics cards with axial fans on heatsinks are usually more quiet and can be better at cooling (when used in single-GPU configurations), mostly because of larger heatsinks, more and/or bigger fans, but almost all hot air generated by the GPU is recirculated inside the PC case (so the case fan must be better at exhausting hot air from the computer case).
 

Teizo

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I have the MSI 980. Overclocks to 1.5ghz core and over 8ghz Vram. Extremely quiet, and doesn't get above 75c.

I'm a bit of an MSI fanboy, but they make good stuff.
 

Headfoot

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I wouldn't get a 980 at all. It's hardly faster than a 970 or 390 and its a lot more money. I'd just get a 970 or a 390. I picked up a 390 on black friday for $235AR.

Spend the $100 you save from going 980 to 970/390 and get a bigger SSD. 250 fills really fast these days if you put even a few games on it, given how big game installs are. I'd get the 500 gb and a 970/390.

Otherwise that looks like an awesome rig. I love the Fractal Define S, great case.
 
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96Firebird

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I agree the 980 is priced too high to compete with the 970/390 in price/performance, but in recent games it is ~20% faster than the 970 (according to GameGPU tests). If someone needs/wants that 20% boost, the only choices are 980 or 390X. I'm not sure how they all compare at max overclock though, the 970 might catch up to the 980 here.