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post #1 of 6
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Hey guys, I plan to upgrade my graphics card in a few months and the R9 290 is the best value it seems in my country. It's cheaper than the 780 and is priced similarly to a 770. Of course I'm going with an aftermarket cooler but I'm trying to decide which of these overall is better? I'll be putting it in a Fractal Node so it doesn't have the greatest airflow. The ASUS card is 20 dollars more expensive here, can anyone give their opinion on this? thanks
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post #2 of 6

I asked a similar question a week ago, and the answer I ended up with is that the Sapphire Tri-X is absolutely the best R9 290.

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1575&products_id=26373&zenid=db8ca807f7370de522137d0c96d33ed7

 

$539.00

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post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

I asked a similar question a week ago, and the answer I ended up with is that the Sapphire Tri-X is absolutely the best R9 290.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=193_1575&products_id=26373&zenid=db8ca807f7370de522137d0c96d33ed7

$539.00

I was considering that but I'm really not sure how im going to fit all my cables in with a card that long, it's possible but im really bad with cable management. that's why I've chosen the two above considering they're somewhat shorter than the windforce or tri x
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I was considering that but I'm really not sure how im going to fit all my cables in with a card that long, it's possible but im really bad with cable management. that's why I've chosen the two above considering they're somewhat shorter than the windforce or tri x

 

Do you just lack the time to do good cable management? I mean, all you have to do is move cables, stuff them away, insert them through things, route them around things, under things, between things, etc. Cable management doesn't require any special skills, but it does require a bit of time and the ability to concentrate on it. If you're too distracted by an extremely busy life, then yeah.

 

Anyway, between the two, I'd go with the MSI because I heard bad things about the DirectCU II for these modern cards. For cards like my GTX 580, it's awesome, but something about the design of the new cards and ASUS still using the old DirectCU II design, or something like that. I'm not sure. I just know that I heard bad things about it, and so I'm avoiding it, personally.

 

The XFX Double Dissipation was highly recommended to me too.

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post #5 of 6
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Because my power supply isn't modular, there's no where to really put the cables so i just kind of stuff them towards the front of the gpu. If it's too long it will push up against the card too much that's the main reason why (if you see my rig photos you'll know what i'm talking about)

Also I heard something like that too about the Asus cards. I was also thinking about getting the XFX, but i'm still really unsure.
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post #6 of 6

I don't think you can go wrong with either the MSI or XFX.

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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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