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I would go 290x, I got one on ebay by looking for posts that had or best offer, then just start low like 225 and see what you can get. I got a HIS Iceq x2 290x for 275$ and i am very happy with it. I too play at 1440. A get nice frames in everything except for fallout4 downtown, but it sounds like everyone does.
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Make sure you have a good look at the reviews on the 290X, try to find a model with good cooling!
They get very toasty and are pretty power thirsty too!
I made a bad choice with the ASUS DCUII model, the block that fits on the GPU is pretty crappy and IMHO ASUS did themselves no favours using it other than money if you check out this linky I take off the cooler!

http://www.overclock.net/t/1565635/build-log-external-ek-watercooling-with-we540-rad

The ridiculous temperatures prompted a very expensive watercooling setup, but in the long run, its an investment.
I got very playable framerates out of everything I threw at the X5470/290X combo @1920x1200 pretty much everything I played could be maxed out, Fallout 4 was butter smooth. GTA V was the only thing I couldnt max out, it was very close and I still wonder if it was worth bothering with a 5820K

Good Luck in your quest for more FPS!! thumb.gif

I know this! Which is why I may lean towards the 380 anyway, its a bit cooler and quieter.
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Either an used 290 or 290x both are very close in performance

The "X" just means its overclocked a bit right? Meaning I can pretty much do they same thing with overdrive right?
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I know this! Which is why I may lean towards the 380 anyway, its a bit cooler and quieter.
The "X" just means its overclocked a bit right? Meaning I can pretty much do they same thing with overdrive right?

The X version has more core (shaders). Is about 3-4% faster just because of that (if both have same frequency). The 290X is clocked a bit higher by default. Every 100MHz or so you gain a 3-4% speed. So a 290 at 1100MHz should match a 290X 1000MHz.

I bought a used R9 290 for ~114 USD. It had a broken fan (hence the low price). I have an accelero xtreme GPU cooler that I use for all my GPU. It is the best investment ever... It fixes every card (even nvidia) high temperature. The model I have is a R9 290 windforce. The stock cooler is ok if you are not overclocking. If you overclock, it might get a bit noisy but it is far from being as worst as the reference one (with the single fan).

For now, the R9 290 will be a considerable leap for you. It is nicely priced now and I wouldn't get anything else than that. I play GTA 5, Witcher 3, etc. at very high on 1200p. FPS are not at 60 all the time but I don't feel any lag (I start to feel lag when fps hit about 35).
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For the money, a used R9 290/x is a decent buy with some being under $200. But I personally can't put up with the amount of heat they put out. I literally started laughing out loud the first time we popped in a Windforce R9 290 and started up furmark to test some overclocking. Temps shot straight to 95°C. Replacing the thermal paste brought it to 92°C. It essentially turned the computer into a space heater and was downright hilarious. I had another friend that sent his back the first day he bought it because it was so bad (Asus DCUII).

If heat output would bother you, spending a few extra on a GTX 970 would be a good buy. Both perform essentially the same but isn't as good price / performance when considering the really low price of used 290/x available.
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For the money, a used R9 290/x is a decent buy with some being under $200. But I personally can't put up with the amount of heat they put out. I literally started laughing out loud the first time we popped in a Windforce R9 290 and started up furmark to test some overclocking. Temps shot straight to 95°C. Replacing the thermal paste brought it to 92°C. It essentially turned the computer into a space heater and was downright hilarious. I had another friend that sent his back the first day he bought it because it was so bad (Asus DCUII).

If heat output would bother you, spending a few extra on a GTX 970 would be a good buy. Both perform essentially the same but isn't as good price / performance when considering the really low price of used 290/x available.

op is using 1440. it is safer to go with a 290X or 390(X).
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op is using 1440. it is safer to go with a 290X or 390(X).

It's on a game by game basis on which would be better GPU for 1440p based on game optimizations and drivers so I'd call it a tie. I game at higher res than 1440p on a 970 just fine, Ultra preset minus MSAA in allot of games. Allot of games I play are also biased toward Nvidia so I get higher FPS based on that, but there's plenty of games where 290/x has a slight lead.

Like I said, either will work within the same performance range. AMD is cheaper and more bang for buck but puts out tons of heat. If putting out lots of heat is an issue, maybe the 970 is better suited for him even at higher price. It was worth it to me personally, but maybe not to the OP. It's great to have options.
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It's on a game by game basis on which would be better GPU for 1440p based on game optimizations and drivers so I'd call it a tie. I game at higher res than 1440p on a 970 just fine, Ultra preset minus MSAA in allot of games. Allot of games I play are also biased toward Nvidia so I get higher FPS based on that, but there's plenty of games where 290/x has a slight lead.

Like I said, either will work within the same performance range. AMD is cheaper and more bang for buck but puts out tons of heat. If putting out lots of heat is an issue, maybe the 970 is better suited for him even at higher price. It was worth it to me personally, but maybe not to the OP. It's great to have options. Like I said, either will work within the same performance range. AMD is cheaper and more bang for buck but puts out tons of heat. If putting out lots of heat is an issue, maybe the 970 is better suited for him even at higher price. It was worth it to me personally, but maybe not to the OP. It's great to have options.



as someone who keeps the gpu for a long time, i'd highly recommend the 390 at least. that would prevent op from upgrading sooner.
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The "X" just means its overclocked a bit right? Meaning I can pretty much do they same thing with overdrive right?
less SP/TMUs, difference between a 290 at 1040MHz and a R9 290x 1000MHz is almost 1% or so
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For the money, a used R9 290/x is a decent buy with some being under $200. But I personally can't put up with the amount of heat they put out. I literally started laughing out loud the first time we popped in a Windforce R9 290 and started up furmark to test some overclocking. Temps shot straight to 95°C. Replacing the thermal paste brought it to 92°C. It essentially turned the computer into a space heater and was downright hilarious. I had another friend that sent his back the first day he bought it because it was so bad (Asus DCUII).
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those are the 2 worst cooling for R9 290/xes
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those are the 2 worst cooling for R9 290/xes

No matter the heatsink or even watercooled, it still puts out allot of heat into your house compared to a more efficient GPU like a 970. You have to dissipate over 100 more watts of heat with any of AMDs offerings that are in same performance range. That is what turned me away from their recent GPUs and made me buy my first Nvidia product. If they don't get their Polaris GPUs TDP in check, it better be screaming fast to compensate or I'll be skipping that as well.
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you waited this long may as well wait for 400 series :)

 

or grab a 390 

 

I would wait if it was me because 400 series is going to be amazing

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