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ok so ive been slowly building a newer pc and saving all my old parts for a cheap rig for my g/f, so now i decided id just give her my r9 280x and jump up a notch, i only game at 1080p might make the jump to 2k but i doubt id ever get a 4k with in this gaming era.......... im a bargain shopper mostly go with second hand parts so im looking at either a r9 290x or a gtx 780, gtx 970 area found some decent deals between 250 and 300 what do u guys suggest, like what is the biggest jump up from my r9 280x? it wasnt bad but i noticed in some games on completely maxed out it dip lower then i want.

im mainly looking for performance i dont care about heat as long as the card can handle it. things id like to compare is i can get a refrence design r9 290x for about 200-230$ usd. would that work i hear they get hot but i can crank the fans on max as long as they can handle it, im away from my pc so that **** dont bug me at all, noise isnt a problem as long as its not like coil wine bs....

please no amd/nvidia fanboy bs i could careless.. im a gamer im just looking for best bang for the buck or a honest opinion on which is better, and games id be playing are any i game lol im not biased to a good game smile.gif
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best bang for buck is the 290/290X. 970 would be good as well, but virtually all 970's have a nasty, ridiculous coil whine problem in addition to some other unfortunate revelations about the vram and ROPS that was initially misrepresented.
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awesome and u think that will perform just as good as the 780?
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best bang for buck is the 290/290X. 970 would be good as well, but virtually all 970's have a nasty, ridiculous coil whine problem in addition to some other unfortunate revelations about the vram and ROPS that was initially misrepresented.
I own a 970 currently no coil whine here, but im turning mine in because of a wram problem that all 970 have, they work fine until you hit 3.5 gb usage on the wram and then you get a decent drop in performance, there is a thread on the subject, so I would rather go with a 780 or 290x opposed to a 970. I'm getting a 980 next week when my 970 is returned, which doesnt have the problem that the 970 does. hope this helps your decision.
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also you arent extremely likely to hit 3.5gb atleast at 1080p
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post #6 of 14
/derail

it just occurred to me that i've never actually gamed at 1080p biggrin.gif

i went from 1600x1200 to 1920x1200 to 2560x1600 biggrin.gif
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ya im looking into a 2k monitor for the other pc so i may swap between 1080 and that but im lazy and 1080 still looks good, i was already leaning twards the 290x but i seen a gtx 780 ftw for about the same price so i figured id ask. thanks for the quick replys smile.gif great info
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also would the refrence 290x still be good if i crank the fan up pretty hi?
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ya im looking into a 2k monitor for the other pc so i may swap between 1080 and that but im lazy and 1080 still looks good, i was already leaning twards the 290x but i seen a gtx 780 ftw for about the same price so i figured id ask. thanks for the quick replys smile.gif great info

not sure how quickly you want to swap out of that card, but if you can wait, rumor is 16nm die shrink at the end of the year for GPU's? biggrin.gif
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my problem is i need to get the other pc running and just wanna get something thats gonna last a few years still, so waiting 9 months on new cards wouldnt help
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