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Hi,

So i am onto hunting for a GPU and i am in a delima.

I have been given a chance to get the sapphire reference r9 290 brand new for 300 pounds

But i want to save up for the Asus aftercooler one. Which is 380 pounds...

What would it be wise to do? the offer for the reference one ends in a day.
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post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by fedrosishere View Post

Hi,

So i am onto hunting for a GPU and i am in a delima.

I have been given a chance to get the sapphire reference r9 290 brand new for 300 pounds

But i want to save up for the Asus aftercooler one. Which is 380 pounds...

What would it be wise to do? the offer for the reference one ends in a day.

If you don't plan to water cool, get the non-referenced cooled one.

The generic cooler just isn't up to snuff, plus you get more overclocking head room.

Easily worth 80 quid.
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Originally Posted by RagingCain View Post

If you don't plan to water cool, get the non-referenced cooled one.

The generic cooler just isn't up to snuff, plus you get more overclocking head room.

Easily worth 80 quid.

Agree, it all depends on what you are planning on doing with it. I'm not sure how much quieter/efficient the non-ref coolers are, but I can tell you first hand that the reference cooler will get loud after a bit of gaming.
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I will be playing star citizen when it comes out. Cryengine 3 game.

you are right, i ll wait for the aftermarket ones .

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f you dont want to wait. Would buy either a xfxor powercolor and add a aftermarket cooler like the gelid icy vision rev 2 or the arctic cooling for the r9 290x would be the same and cheaper.
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YEAH BUT I am actually concerned about the looks. As i have sleeved cables and a perfect cable management, i wont let an ugly GPU ruin it tongue.gif
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post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by fedrosishere View Post

YEAH BUT I am actually concerned about the looks. As i have sleeved cables and a perfect cable management, i wont let an ugly GPU ruin it tongue.gif

IMHO, just looking at it, the Accellero Xtreme looks like a beast of a cooler, and a Kraken G10 with an AIO wouldn't look half bad.

However, waiting might be a good idea. This cryptocurrency bubble has to pop eventually, and AMD cards will hit rock bottom prices when that happens biggrin.gif
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YEAH BUT I am actually concerned about the looks. As i have sleeved cables and a perfect cable management, i wont let an ugly GPU ruin it tongue.gif
http://forums.videocardz.com/topic/600-r9-290x-with-prolimatech-mk-26-black-series/
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If i go with the stock card i will have to get this parts.

NZXT KRAKEN G10 GPU Cooling Adapter 30 pounds
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-006-NX&groupid=701&catid=2330&subcat=787

And a 120/140 mm AIO wATER COOLER that fits the kraken G10. which will be about 50-60 pounds.

So...... even if this option will give me better temps, it is more than my budget.
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