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I recently built my first rig, but I don't have a GPU yet. I have looked at both the R9 290 and GTX 780, and I can not decide which to get. I am a competetive gamer, and I play all sorts of games, but right now I mainly play Battlefield 4, Planetside 2, and Team Fortress 2. Neither Planetside 2 or TF2 are optimized for a certain GPU vendor, but BF4 is optimized for use with AMD Radeon cards with the new mantle stuff.

After comparing the reference models of the two cards, I find the R9 290 to be slightly better in terms of core speed, memory capacity, memory bus, memory bandwidth, shader processing units, render output units, pixel rate, the R9 290 is ~7 months newer and supports DX 11.2, and it is cheaper than a 780.

On the other hand, the GTX 780 only wins in terms of memory speed, texture mapping units, texture rate, and power consumption.

Which do you guys think would be better for the money?
    
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http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=93995&vpn=R9290-DC2OC-4GD5&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1296
e) I prefer the 780 over the 290/x, but the 290 does perform better and has more going for it atm.
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http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=93995&vpn=R9290-DC2OC-4GD5&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1296
e) I prefer the 780 over the 290/x, but the 290 does perform better and has more going for it atm.
Why is it that you prefer 780?
    
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Why is it that you prefer 780?
Mainly because I was able to get it for 400$ (including tax) new.

The 780's do run cooler, take less power, and honestly I've had fewer problems out of it (compared to the 5770, 6870, 7870, 7950's, 7970 or the 270x we've had).
e) regarding that 290 though
http://www.overclock.net/t/1478724/is-there-anything-bad-about-the-directcu-ii-r9-290
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127774&clickid=wSgSef1Zv1-SSdWz6IwOT0vdUkTQSl05zVj4TE0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na
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For planetside 2 Nvidia cards generally work better due to the use of physx, but you can just disable it unless you care about sparks flying everywhere. Overall, your best bet would probably be the 290. They are generally ~$50 cheaper than the 780s, and if you get lucky you might get one that can be unlocked to a 290x. Another option could be grabbing a 780 classified when they go on sale, Newegg drops them down to $510-520 every few weeks. The price is a little higher but they can easily OC to around 780ti stock levels.
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I think I am going to keep researching this topic. I do like how 780 runs cooler and uses less power. I also heard that nvidia cards are more stable, especially in terms of FPS.
    
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Mainly because I was able to get it for 400$ (including tax) new.

The 780's do run cooler, take less power, and honestly I've had fewer problems out of it (compared to the 5770, 6870, 7870, 7950's, 7970 or the 270x we've had).
e) regarding that 290 though
http://www.overclock.net/t/1478724/is-there-anything-bad-about-the-directcu-ii-r9-290
e) there is also:
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=93750&vpn=R9-290A-EDFD&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1296
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127774&clickid=wSgSef1Zv1-SSdWz6IwOT0vdUkTQSl05zVj4TE0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na
How did you get it so cheap?
    
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How did you get it so cheap?
Amazon + selling of the free games
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post #9 of 215
the 290/x is an amazing card if you can get it for a good price. Be warned the reference cooler is a turd
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I like that 290 comes with 4GB. Makes me feel safe lol.

Performance wise they are about the same.
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OCZ Agility 3 60GB WD Caviar Green 1.5TB 2 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
EK-FC7970 XSPC RS360 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Corsair TX750 
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NZXT Switch 810  
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Intel Core i7 3770K @ 4.6GHz ASRock Z77E-ITX eVGA GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid AMD Radeon R9 16GB DDR3-2400MHz  
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SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Toshiba X300 5TB Corsair H100i GTX eVGA Hybrid Water Cooler  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
4x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC 4K Razer BlackWidow Chroma  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 Define Nano S Logitech G502 Proteus Core PECHAM Gaming Mouse Pad XX-Large 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Audioengine D1 DAC Mackie CR Series CR3 Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Sennheiser HD 598 
Audio
Sony XB950BT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 4.2GHz ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB @ 1200/1500 2x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 60GB WD Caviar Green 1.5TB 2 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
EK-FC7970 XSPC RS360 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Corsair TX750 
Case
NZXT Switch 810  
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