So, I bought a third 19" monitor ($65 Staples
) so the 2 ports on the 780G are no longer enough. Right now the computer is ghetto rigged with an old geforce 6600 (pci) and 8500gt that I had sitting around and I turned the IGP off. I had been planning on buying a discrete graphics card anyway, so I can hook up my TV to my computer. I have been a good little boy and waited for the 4770 to come out because it would use less power and be awesome and what not.
Unfortunately, it seems like it has only half lived up to the expectations, the high idle power consumption is the most annoying to me. I might end up waiting until non-reference boards come out that will hopefully have the idle power consumption cleaned up and, if they really love me, take off the power connector and move the GPU back so the S1 rev. 2 will fit. Sadly, I have a feeling that is just a pipe-dream, so I am looking at alternatives.
I have considered taking a step back and going with like a 3850 or 4670 but it is just hard to commit myself to them when a $30-$40 price increase will get so much more power from the 4830-4770-4850 group of cards.
A 4770 is far more than I need at the moment, for the most part WoW is about the most graphics intensive thing that I do. But I figured that a good mid-range card had come down to $100, why not? I would prefer to not need an additional power connector for the card, mostly because I want to keep the number of cables running through the case to a minimum. Also, fewer cables would make the job easier if I ever decided to go with a PicoPSU, though that would be a ways off.
Anyway, any suggestions or comments would be appreciated. If you want to recommend a specific card, 2 usable digital outputs is preferable. I've got DVI and HDMI->DVI cables, so it doesn't really matter which kind of digital.