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ok so ive been planning on buying a GPU for a while and as such always had something else needing done first.. so god willing... i will have money for a GPU on the 23rd this month.. so next couple of weeks will be spent trying to find the best GPU for my budget....
which at the moment in the UK would be about £150 which would net me a brand new r9 280 with 3 games..

what i was wanting too know is..

would it be worth me buying second hand so that i could get the x model all be it without the free games,
if so which company has the best RMA policy as i wouldnt feel right buying a card i could not RMA.

also... my last GPU was a 7870 gygabyte windforce which was 280mm long and although fitted my case it covered 2 of my sata connections which means any HDD upgrades in future would be non existent.. and looking at the r9 280s the smallest i can find is the msi g1 gaming which is 269mm which as far as i can tell still covers my sata connections... is there a smaller r9 280 that i can get?
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What are some sites / Stores you are looking at graphics cards.
Personal opinion is to buy new so you know it has not been abused, also making RMA that much easier and getting free games smile.gif

What motherboard do you have that the graphics card is covering the Sata ports?
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ive been using pc part picker to look and seems to have best prices... they use sites like ebuyer, scan, ccl amongst others... and yes id would preferably buy new aswell but was wondering if the x version would be worth it 2nd hand as brand new they are priced same as a r9 290 give or take 20-30 bucks so obv if i could id get the r9 290.

and its an gygabyte h61 board, this one here im sure

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4090#ov

with my 7870 i moved the 2 sata connections i have to the bottom 2 spaces so that the card would fit, and 90 degree cables wouldnt fit in space either
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the sata port problem could be solved if you can find yourself some silverstone CP11 cables. http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=445
And If i were still buying AMD I would buy new anyway as buying used I would be uneasy to know weather it was used as a mining card or not. People can say it was never bios modded, or always kept in an air conditioned room and what not but it's your choice to believe it or not.
If you feel so compelled to buy an R9 290 over a R9 280 I would say that would be much better performer.
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yes i know but at the moment im not sure if ill have the £200+ to drop on one... and im kind of coming to the conclusion that this GPU will be the last for this comp as with the i3 not being great for gaming sooner rather than later im guessing ill need to upgrade that too.. so i think the r9 290 would be waisted in this system.. although could be transfered to a new build in the future if i wanted to go down that rout.. but easier option for that is buy the r9 280 then use the resale of that to offset the price of r9 290 in near future maybe
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is there a release date for the new AMD GPUs yet as obv this should bring prices down a bit more
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Originally Posted by gibby1690 View Post

yes i know but at the moment im not sure if ill have the £200+ to drop on one... and im kind of coming to the conclusion that this GPU will be the last for this comp as with the i3 not being great for gaming sooner rather than later im guessing ill need to upgrade that too.. so i think the r9 290 would be waisted in this system.. although could be transfered to a new build in the future if i wanted to go down that rout.. but easier option for that is buy the r9 280 then use the resale of that to offset the price of r9 290 in near future maybe

Buy the brand new 280, then when the time comes to upgrade there will be faster, cheaper graphics cards out to buy. The R9 280 is just a rebranded 7950 anyway. The next line up should be all new GPUs but have not been following AMD cards that closely. As an Nvidia user I hope AMD releases a power house next go round to keep up the competition to keep prices competitive.
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Originally Posted by gibby1690 View Post

is there a release date for the new AMD GPUs yet as obv this should bring prices down a bit more

someone else maybe able to chime in on this. P.S. please use the edit function thumb.gif
Edited by XanderTheGoober - 1/12/15 at 1:25pm
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just found a brand new 280x gygabyte for £160 if its still around ill be jumping on that lol, and yeh nvidia look good but are usually out of my price range
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is the r9 285 a good option due to new architecture? or is the 280 the way to go?
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post #10 of 53
Xander is pretty spot on. I bought a used 280X and after using it about a month I had to RMA it. (it was an MSI and I've had no answer for about a month now)
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