I am planning my 1st build. The Elite is my build of choice, however the Nvidia Titan XPascal is $1800(Cdn) delivered (currency, duty, taxes,, delivery), out of my price range. I have 2 questions at this time.
1. The video card in the $2500 build is only $400(Cdn) delivered on Amazon. What if I used this in the $3000 build? Or would you recommend some other card under $1000(Cdn). I could drop back to the $2500(US) build, but the rest of the config of the $3000(US) build seems worth the price difference.
2. I like the tempered glass of the Phanteks case, but if/when I upgrade the Video card I don't think this case will accomodate it (please confirm). Is there another case, with tempered glass, that I could use in lieu of the Cooler Master Pro5? I want this build to be as quiet as possible. Any other suggestions in that regard appreciated. Thank You.
Welcome to The TBG Forum, Cdnmember!
The $2,500 Build
uses dual GTX 1070 cards in SLI. This solution is actually just as fast as the Titan X Pascal on average, but in some games it will be faster, in some games it will be much slower. A single card is always a bit more predictable in that sense. If you don't want to take on the challenge of running dual cards, then you have two options: buy the GeForce GTX 1080
now, or wait for the GTX 1080 Ti, which may be released as soon as January. It will come in half way between the price of the GTX 1080 and the Titan X Pascal, with performance a bit closer to the Titan X Pascal than the 1080.
As for cases, TBG reviewed
the standard Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX
, and it's a beautiful case. The Evolv Tempered Glass Edition
, which I believe is what you're referring to, simply trades the two swing-out aluminum side panels for bolt-on glass panels. It's definitely a well-made case. It is also relatively quiet, but do keep in mind that it does not offer the same level of airflow as the high-performance cases recommended in TBG's Gaming PC Buyer's Guides. That would be an issue for running dual video cards (i.e., I don't recommend it). Corsair just released (as in today!) a tempered glass case called the Crystal 570X
that will likely be hitting store shelves within the next 30 days. It has four glass panels and RGB lighting, which makes it unique. The only other option that might be worth waiting for is the new Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass
, which has just a single tempered glass panel, but with the advantage of superior airflow and a much lower price versus the other two options. It, like the Corsair, is actually not yet available.