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Alright, any suggestions as to which 280x? As in Sapphire, XFX, etc. Mainly performance wise is my concern.

I would say Sapphire or powercolour
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HIS R9 280X IceQ X2 Turbo

I found a review on this HIS 280X and it has unlocked voltages, which means that you can overclock to your hearts content. Guru3D had a review for a handful of other 280X cards as well. They are all going to be similar. That being said, you should look at reviews that talk about power draw, overclocking, noise levels, and efficiency of the coolers, then look at the aesthetics. No one wants an ugly GPU in their rig.

I have two Sapphire cards at home right now, 7850 Dual-X and a 7950 Vapor-X, and both cards have been great. They both OC'ed well and stay cool. The thing is though, they are loud when the fans are turned up for gaming. I do not see this as a downside since I don't know anyone that games with no sound on... So for me, that complaint is always null and void.

AnandTech.com also does benchmarking tests and reviews and I have always found their reviews very comprehensive and well written.
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