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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Ok, so I've been running an Asus HD 7970GHz Matrix Platinum monster for a year now and it runs fine on my Eyefinity 6048x1080 setup in 80% of the games I play.

I want to upgrade so that I can run all my games at highest possible settings on that resolution but also money is a concern.

Here are my options :

1-Sell my Asus 7970GHz for $317 and get either Sapphire 290 Tri-X for $504 or Sapphire 290X Tri-X for $644

2-Keep my Asus 7970GHz and get another used overclocked 7970GHz for ~$300 or a new heavily overclocked Toxic 280X (to match my Asus clocks) for ~$420 or a slightly overclocked 280X for $370

What do you think is my best option ?
post #2 of 20
Option 1
  
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post #3 of 20
I think option 1 is the way to go too..The Sapphire 290X is a great card..
   
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TP-LINK TL-WDN3800 Sharkoon 5.25" Bay Extension 
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post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
Ok thanks guys.

Now is the hard quesion. 290 or 290X ?

Price difference is huge and I am not sure if the 290X is worth it even with taking price premium we pay for the highest end into account
post #5 of 20
Which ever you find cheaper with an aftermarket cooling.
  
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post #6 of 20
The biggest difference is in the clocks,but it doesn't excuse the big price difference IMHO..
   
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Samsung Syncmaster P2470HD TV monitor Dell U2713HM Magicforce 68 Gateron Reds Coolermaster V850 
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Corsair Obsidian 350D window Logitech G502 Proteus Core Corsair Vengeance MM200 Extended Edition Gaming... Creative Gigaworks T40 SeriesII 
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FiiO Olympus 2 E10K Beyerdynamic DT 990 NZXT Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller BitFenix Alchemy extension cables blue 
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TP-LINK TL-WDN3800 Sharkoon 5.25" Bay Extension 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Atom Quad Core Z3740 (1.33-1.86GHz) Intel HD Graphics(Ivy Bridge) 2 GB DDR3  32 GB eMMC  
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OCZ Vertex 4 128gb Kingston 16Gb Micro SD Windows 10 Home 32-bit 10.1" IPS (1368 x 768) 
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Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 1600MHz @ 1866MHz Western Digital 2TB Red  Samsung 840 PRO SSD 256GB Samsung 840 PRO SSD 128GB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H75 Hydro series Push/Pull Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition High Sta... Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition High Air... Windows 10 Pro 64bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung Syncmaster P2470HD TV monitor Dell U2713HM Magicforce 68 Gateron Reds Coolermaster V850 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Obsidian 350D window Logitech G502 Proteus Core Corsair Vengeance MM200 Extended Edition Gaming... Creative Gigaworks T40 SeriesII 
AudioAudioOtherOther
FiiO Olympus 2 E10K Beyerdynamic DT 990 NZXT Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller BitFenix Alchemy extension cables blue 
OtherOther
TP-LINK TL-WDN3800 Sharkoon 5.25" Bay Extension 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Atom Quad Core Z3740 (1.33-1.86GHz) Intel HD Graphics(Ivy Bridge) 2 GB DDR3  32 GB eMMC  
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 4 128gb Kingston 16Gb Micro SD Windows 10 Home 32-bit 10.1" IPS (1368 x 768) 
CaseMouse
iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case - Blue Logitech M560 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4670 ASRock z97m Pro4 msi Gaming 280X  Kingston HyperX Savage 2x4gb @1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Kingston ValueRam 2x4gb @1600 Mushkin Triactor 120gb SSD HGST Travelstar 7k1000 1Tb Cryorig C7 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair SP120 Purple LED X4 Windows 10 Pro  Samsung UE46D6500 46" 3D LED smart TV Anne Pro-Gateron Blues 
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post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
Actually these are the cards for the prices mentioned and I also think price difference is way too much :

post #8 of 20
Id say go with the 290 and OC it, the 290x is not worth the extra money for the whole 300 stream processors more and 70mhz faster it runs. Once you get up to 2k+ steam processors i dont think 300 more is going to make a major impact on performance, unless your benching or something. IMO
post #9 of 20
get the 290. always a chance you can unlock it to a 290x and even if you can't you can oc it to get 290x performance
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I will order it next Saturday when I sell my 7970GHz and will be here by Sunday I hope thumb.gif
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