A Fast Alternative to the GTX 1080
The Pascal series of cards from graphics supremo Nvidia are here.
The performance they’re delivering is mind blowing and really is a step up from the top video cards available two months ago.
The move to the more compact 14 nanometer manufacturing process has delivered a generational leap forward in terms of processing power.
Price is a Factor
While the GTX 1080 is currently dominating performance charts and benchmark tests, the card is not cheap, clocking in at a hefty $800-$900. That’s beyond the budgets of most of us.
Enter the GTX 1070. This card offers stunning performance and is around $300-$400 cheaper.
What this means is the possibility of high-frames-per-second 4K gaming is a little more affordable, something unheard of only a few months ago.
But before you can enjoy your 4K gaming PC, you need to build it.
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Building a Gaming PC
The release of the new series of Nvidia cards means that if you’re building a gaming PC you have a tough choice when it comes to choosing a video card.
Before you start, make sure you head across to my guide, and take a look at the below playlist of videos.
They’re deliberately short and simple to follow, and outline how to install a CPU, how to install a video card, and plenty more.
If you click the menu link in the top left of the video you can choose which video to play.
Now let’s look at why you should consider EVGA’s GTX 1070 for your new system.
EVGA’s GTX 1070 features patented ACX 3.0 cooling, which the company promises delivers cooler and quieter performance than competitors, while also saying the double ball bearing design of the fans, means they’ll last up to 400% longer.
Should you feel the need to overclock what is currently the second fastest consumer video card in existence, you can.
EVGA says its custom cooling allows for higher overclocks because its fans draw less power, letting you use the extra juice to increase the speed of the GTX 1070.
While most people will be more than happy with the video card’s 8GB of GDDR5 RAM and 8,000MHz memory clock speed, there will be a chunk of enthusiasts who will look to push the limits of their cards a little further.
EVGA’s GTX 1070 features 1920 CUDA cores, a base clock speed of 1,607MHz, a boost clock speed of 1,797MHz, uses a PCI-Express 3 slot and is SLI-ready – should you feel the need to pair two of these cards together.
It features support for Microsoft’s DirectX 12, Vulkan and OpenGL 4.5, and EVGA says it will support a maximum resolution of 7680×4320.
It features a HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4 and Dual-Link DVI connectors, and there is also an adjustable onboard LED light.
$1,100 GTX 1070 Gaming PC
Firstly, this build doesn’t include a keyboard, mouse or monitor.
For recommendations on individual components please check out my blog, it’s updated regularly with reviews of hardware and gaming components.
They’re designed to make it as simple and as straightforward as possible to build a gaming PC.
Total Cost: $1,100
(Please note prices are subject to daily fluctuations)
Variety is the Spice of Life
There’s tonnes of reasons to build a gaming PC, with a massive amount of different setups to try. See some ideas below:
Here’s a few ideas for your next PC build, to get you started:
If you have any questions about the GTX 1070, or would like recommendations on other components or hardware you could use, drop me a line on Twitter, send me a picture on Instagram, or join my community on Facebook.
If you want a simple to follow overview of how to put a gaming PC together, including short video tutorials, have a look at my guide.
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