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I’m thinking of upgrading my video card for playing at 1080p Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, modded Skyrim, Mass Effect Andromeda. My current build is using an AMD fx6300 and GTX 660, I plan to upgrade CPUs down the line but that will come later. My concern right now is which $200ish video card would be the best choice for me? I’ll probably buy around Black Friday and then sell it and upgrade to next gen within a year or two.

Performance-wise it seems the best choice would be the 290 but i’m concerned about the noise and cooling, plus I’m biased towards Nvidia gpus lol. Also wondering how these would play with my fx6300. I plan to try overclocking but haven’t had much luck in the past.

Fallout 4 specs http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=5013&game=Fallout%204
The Witcher 3 http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=3443&game=The%20Witcher%20III
Dragon Age Inquisition (which I’m guessing should be similar to ME:A) http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=1883&game=Dragon%20Age%203:%20Inquisition

My current build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dFptGX


Here are some cards I’m looking at:
GTX 960 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487155
280x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150678
290 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202043
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I’m thinking of upgrading my video card for playing at 1080p Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, modded Skyrim, Mass Effect Andromeda. My current build is using an AMD fx6300 and GTX 660, I plan to upgrade CPUs down the line but that will come later. My concern right now is which $200ish video card would be the best choice for me? I’ll probably buy around Black Friday and then sell it and upgrade to next gen within a year or two.

Performance-wise it seems the best choice would be the 290 but i’m concerned about the noise and cooling, plus I’m biased towards Nvidia gpus lol. Also wondering how these would play with my fx6300. I plan to try overclocking but haven’t had much luck in the past.

Fallout 4 specs http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=5013&game=Fallout%204
The Witcher 3 http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=3443&game=The%20Witcher%20III
Dragon Age Inquisition (which I’m guessing should be similar to ME:A) http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=1883&game=Dragon%20Age%203:%20Inquisition

My current build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dFptGX


Here are some cards I’m looking at:
GTX 960 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487155
280x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150678
290 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202043

for a stock 6300, your only choice would be the first two. i recommend the 280X. it's about 30% slower than the 290.
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I’m thinking of upgrading my video card for playing at 1080p Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, modded Skyrim, Mass Effect Andromeda. My current build is using an AMD fx6300 and GTX 660, I plan to upgrade CPUs down the line but that will come later. My concern right now is which $200ish video card would be the best choice for me? I’ll probably buy around Black Friday and then sell it and upgrade to next gen within a year or two.

Performance-wise it seems the best choice would be the 290 but i’m concerned about the noise and cooling, plus I’m biased towards Nvidia gpus lol. Also wondering how these would play with my fx6300. I plan to try overclocking but haven’t had much luck in the past.

Fallout 4 specs http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=5013&game=Fallout%204
The Witcher 3 http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=3443&game=The%20Witcher%20III
Dragon Age Inquisition (which I’m guessing should be similar to ME:A) http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=1883&game=Dragon%20Age%203:%20Inquisition

My current build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dFptGX


Here are some cards I’m looking at:
GTX 960 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487155
280x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150678
290 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202043

that 290 you linked is fine. and your best bet. extra vram, etc. just set a custom fan curve profile in afterburner so fan never goes above 70% but hits 70% when the card hits 60 celsius. your card should never break 70 celsius and it wont be terribly loud that way.


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for a stock 6300, your only choice would be the first two. i recommend the 280X. it's about 30% slower than the 290.

Forgot to mention I'm going to try overclocking the fx6300, how much of a difference would you say that'd make?
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If you don't mind the loud cooler the 290 for only $50 is a no brainer over 280X. Don't listen to the bottleneck nonsense. Yes there will be bottleneck in CPU intensive games but in other gpu intensive games the gap in performance is tangible between 280X and 290.
Just because you will have a CPU bottleneck here and there that doesn't mean the 290 path is completely irrelevant.
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I used to have the 280x now have the 290 after the 280x died and rma wouldn't cover it. In my experience 290 is headnshoulders above the options here. I've played witcher 3 and I've also taken a look at the recommend specs for fallout 4. 290 is your best bet out of the three, though it's not the best card.
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Forgot to mention I'm going to try overclocking the fx6300, how much of a difference would you say that'd make?

just get the 290 and and set a fan curve. thats all you have to do, i had reference for a long time and its not even that loud
    
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just get the 290 and and set a fan curve. thats all you have to do, i had reference for a long time and its not even that loud

Yup, I use the same model but the 290x version of it. I've had it since day one and keep a 1075mhz core on it w/ stock volts no problem.. I keep the fan set to ramp up to 70% if needed which is clearly loud enough to be quite noticeable, however at stock it ramps up to 55% max as is.. Can easily set a better fan curve through afterburner if needed.
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Forgot to mention I'm going to try overclocking the fx6300, how much of a difference would you say that'd make?

don't try. oc it even with any of the choices. we have a game server moderator here with that cpu and 290 . . . if it works for him, then it should work for you as well. with regard to your concern about noise and heat . . . there are available mods that you can do to the 290 to make it less annoying and run better.

i tested my second reference before putting the waterblock to it. it was closed to the psu and even when the side door open . . . with the fan in auto . . . it throttled.




see GPU2 temp and GPU2 core clock? i was not able to push both gpus to 100% in a game. GPU1 is/was watered. Loudness is subjective and to me 55% is when i started hearing it. i guess i am just used to a watercooled system.

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http://www.overclock.net/t/1203636/official-amd-ati-gpu-mod-club-aka-the-red-mod/2840
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see GPU2 temp and GPU2 core clock? i was not able to push both gpus to 100% in a game. GPU1 is/was watered. Loudness is subjective and to me 55% is when i started hearing it. i guess i am just used to a watercooled system.

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http://www.overclock.net/t/1203636/official-amd-ati-gpu-mod-club-aka-the-red-mod/2840

Odd to me it throttles so hard... even at stock and 50-55% my 290x doesn't seem throttle. I keep it at a max of 70% fan speed and can maintain 1100 core fine, even with a minor volt bump. I keep it at 1075 core on stock volts and it doesn't throttle, either. My case has a fairly weak 230mm side fan on it, but that's all.
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