Nice pics.Anyway 500 would get you a decent psu and GPU combo, leaving CPU/mobo/ram 2 years from now as all you'd need to buy for a sweet upgrade.
Thanks for the detailed report. I have gone through the cards and psu and Im going to go the 2nd hand route for a week or some. Just to see if it can be had a little cheaper. If I dont land one Ill buy one of these retailed. I dont mind making a long term investment.This is a great card but you note with tax takes you right to $500 (but you can get that sweet mail in rebate for $30).
Souped up ASUS cards are pretty rad these days: http://www.ncix.com/detail/asus-geforce-gtx-970-strix-0b-102345.htm
GIgabyte is another reputable company with OC versions - this one is a good price without any rebate @ 384.99: http://www.ncix.com/detail/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-970-oc-6d-102012.htm
THis is a pretty sweet deal on an EVGA card that is the fastest of the bunch, big up front discount and 389.99 after rebate: http://www.ncix.com/detail/evga-geforce-gtx-970-4gb-3e-104474.htm
Here's the deal though - people selling these cards 2nd hand should be selling for sub 300 soon. I'd almost monitor craigslist and kijijii on these - if buying in retail may want to wait a few weeks longer as the next gen is JUST coming out so might see a dip as that impacts the market hit over next little while (unsure if these retail prices are the bottom yet - they will want to move inventory on the old cards)
Both are great units, Corsair gets you 5 more years warranty, a slight edge on packaging and build quality. But EVGA power supplies are recognized as a value alternative where you sacrifice nothing meaningful - performance is really so close between leading PSU brands these days!
Yeah i was thinking the 1070 when it comes out to get the beastly performance boost , and then upgrade to the 1080 TI when they are out and down a bit in price, and at that point, i may just stick my current rig in the living room somwhere, hidden and allow some gaming out there too$200 USD for the 480, so $300 CDN. Definitely worth looking at.
Myself, I'm seriously thinking of a 1070 (~ $500 CDN once released), and I'll upgrade to something more powerful next year.