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post #1 of 9
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Hey everyone,
Starting another build and wondering about graphic card(s). What would you want paired with a Haswell i5 and a Z87 mother board:

7870's crossfired
7970 / R9 280x
GTX 770

Looks like the price on all 3 setups will be with in $50 or so. I have never messed with multiple GPU's and would like to see how that works. Also I have read that there are some issues with drivers and multiple cards, has that been fixed or is it still an ongoing issue?

Cooling will not be an issue, as I am currently running a full loop that has room to spare for the new or 2 new cards.
I'm looking for any opinions, or other setups that are in the $400usd range.
    
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If you are running multiple monitors then CFx 'might' be an issue (depends on which games you play but it's not fixed for certain DX9 titles). As of today, 280X > 770 but by an unnoticeably small margin. You can't go wrong with either one. I'd go with CFx 270X, as a single monitor solution though.
post #3 of 9
OP you are right in time for R9 290. launches on 31st. price USD 400 - 450. best card for high end gaming on a budget. since you are watercooling just slap the block , run the custom BIOS and get that bugger to 1.2+ Ghz. thumb.gif

http://videocardz.com/47294/amd-radeon-r9-290-non-x-gaming-performance-leaks

http://www.overclock.net/t/1437170/290x-voltage-control-vdroop-mods-custom-bios-thread
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post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

OP you are right in time for R9 290. launches on 31st. price USD 400 - 450. best card for high end gaming on a budget. since you are watercooling just slap the block , run the custom BIOS and get that bugger to 1.2+ Ghz. thumb.gif

I still find it great that $400-$450 is considered "on a budget".

From what I have been reading this morning, the 290 will fall somewhere between the 770 and 780. Which for $400usd it outstanding! But will that beat out a multi-card setup? Running games on a single monitor 1920x1080 (will be updating to 1440 end of the year), secondary has HW monitors and voice chat screens on it.
Edited by Bucshman - 10/29/13 at 2:48am
    
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post #5 of 9
7870 crossfire > 280x (it's a 7970ghz) > 770 (overclocked 680 lol) > 7970
but that's probably just performance wise

I'd rather just keep it simple and try to keep the amount of cards to a minimum, however, if there's a Sapphire R280x toxic around, you should take a look at those because they come close to 780's
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post #6 of 9
A 290x performs a bit slower than a 7990 & a 280x in xfire is a bit faster than that. Sooo I mean regarding bf4 you should be fine with any of the above in 1440 for 60+ fps. If you're looking for 120 fps, well you're going to need some more juice.

Edit: Ultra Settings

Get a 280x now and buy another down the road when you go to 1440 or do the same with the 290.
Edited by Dare92 - 10/29/13 at 3:04am
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I also support the opinion of waiting for the R290.
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Hmmmm, I was really hoping that everyone would say x-fire 7870's because I have a block for one already. But the 290x is appealing. I might wait it out see the results after the release
    
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Ok I decided to extend the budget a bit. New options would be:

2 hydro copper classy 680's in sli
7990
R9 290x
GTX 780ti

Again they will be paired up with a 4670k, I'm kind of leaning to the 680's because the cards already have blocks and warranties. Let the opinions roll!
    
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