So I just completed designing my new PC and am now impatiently waiting for it to all get here in the mail so I can throw it together and build my first PC from scratch. While hunting around online doing research I came across a ton of information and numbers that were slightly different from device to device. I was just wondering what other folks opinions are on how big a performance difference you really get from jumping from one item to another.
For example, say a Corsair 670 vs Corsair 680. I mean sure, the core clock speed is a few hundred Mhz bigger, and sure it has an extra 100-200 CUDA cores but when you actually plug the bad boy in and start playing games with it is it really that noticeable or is it just a few extra FPS? What about a stick of RAM that's exactly the same as another, but one has a 7 latency instead of a 9? Sure anyone can do some research and find out what numbers being higher/lower then another means it's "better", but how much do you feel it really needs to increase to be a noticeable performance gain even ignoring if it's worth the price jump from one version to another. Personally I would focus on devices with a quieter decibel level when confronted with similar devices around the same price as my PC is right next to where I sleep so silence is very important to me. What are some other things you tend to take into consideration when confronted with devices that are pretty much the same? I would imagine brand loyalty and warranty would be the other big ones.