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I'm in the process of piecing together my full WC build. I spontaneously sold my 7950s to a friend, so I'm looking for a replacement.

I have one day before my coupon code for frozencpu expires, so I need to make a decision.

I don't really have a budget, but don't want to buy more than I need. Looking for a substantial improvement over 2 7950s.

Monitor is 2560x1440. PSU is a 760w seasonic platinum.



I would pick up 2 used 290s, but I cannot fit two cards in my case.
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That PSU would cut it close im guessing if you went with R9 295 X2, so Im thinking either gtx 780 ti or titan.
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I wouldn't recommend a Titan, unless for a very, very specific reason.

OP, what do you do? Game?
If so, you can look for a 780Ti or a 290X. Perhaps SLI/Crossfire them, if your other hardware allows the PSU to have some room to breathe.
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I'd go with a used 290X, they are going for as low as $300 on eBay. A 290X will be a pretty nice upgrade over your old 7950.

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I'd go with a used 290X, they are going for as low as $300 on eBay. A 290X will be a pretty nice upgrade over your old 7950.

A 780 ti is about 19% better than 7950 CF at 3840x1080, cant find figures on 1440p gaming, but since everyone on here says 3GB is enough VRAM i think he'd see more performance going with a 780 ti. R9 290X is only about 7% better at that res.
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I'm in the process of piecing together my full WC build. I spontaneously sold my 7950s to a friend, so I'm looking for a replacement.

I have one day before my coupon code for frozencpu expires, so I need to make a decision.

I don't really have a budget, but don't want to buy more than I need. Looking for a substantial improvement over 2 7950s.

Monitor is 2560x1440. PSU is a 760w seasonic platinum.



I would pick up 2 used 290s, but I cannot fit two cards in my case.

get a 290 reference and watercool it 'cause it is not cool to have an air cooled gpu in your rig. you can find one for cheap in ebay.

7950/7970 stock

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7020955

290 @ 1040 (947 stock)

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8247668

a 290 @ 50MHz oc will match a 290X.
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With the prices today you can get a R9 290X for about 550 with 4gb of ram now. Although I do use a 780Ti Classy and I love the speed. For my use like Lightboost and games like Arma/DayZ I actually run out of memory while playing games. I would wait for 6GB Ti's or just get a 290X.
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post #8 of 16
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get a 290 reference and watercool it 'cause it is not cool to have an air cooled gpu in your rig. .

'Scuse me? I find a lot of air coolers quite nice (Tri-X Vapor-X, Tri-X, Lightning, PCS+). But to be honest, if you're not going to water cool your card(s) and have the space, get a card with a 2.5 slot cooler. I haven't had much experience, but my current 2.5 slot cooler on my 290 is a lot better than my old 2 slot cooler on my 7970.
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'Scuse me? I find a lot of air coolers quite nice (Tri-X Vapor-X, Tri-X, Lightning, PCS+). But to be honest, if you're not going to water cool your card(s) and have the space, get a card with a 2.5 slot cooler. I haven't had much experience, but my current 2.5 slot cooler on my 290 is a lot better than my old 2 slot cooler on my 7970.

i know. i've seen the vaporX in action but op's system is wc, so it would look odd if the gpu is not. a used 290 goes for $300 in ebay and a block is about $125.
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i know. i've seen the vaporX in action but op's system is wc, so it would look odd if the gpu is not. a used 290 goes for $300 in ebay and a block is about $125.

That's true. If it has serial based warranty I say go for it. A note - don't buy sapphire if you're planning to watercool, once you remove the cooler you void your warranty.
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