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280x, 7970, or 770? Just ordered all parts for gaming PC but can't decide on GPU!

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October 3, 2013 7:45:25 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1KBht

Hello, I have just ordered all the components for my computer (Well all but one) and I had a few questions. Firstly, are all these parts good? I just ordered all of them so it may still not be too late to cancel orders and get better parts. But the main purpose of my post, was to ask about the 280x vs the 7970 vs the 770. I would rather the 280x of course given that the 7970 is two years old and the 770 is slightly overpriced. Also, the 7970 will have more mature drivers I assume since they've worked out all the kinks and bugs by now I'd expect, on the other hand, in the future of the 280x they could squeeze out even more performance. But I don't want to leave these components I've just ordered to collect dust in my basement until AMD releases these. I've heard a lot of dates being thrown around, I've hear the 5th, the 8th, the 15th, and even next month. My other question, was when the 280x does come out, should I get the reference model or wait for the custom coolers? I bought the 850w powersupply so that I could crossfire the 280x's later on, will micro stutter be an issue? So basically, I want to ask if you think that I should hold off until the 280x is released, buy the 7970 (Which model as well?), or switch over to team green and get a 770, thanks in advance for responses!
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October 3, 2013 7:53:57 PM

1. I think ya tall RAM is gonna hit ya CPU Cooler.

2. Great Board, fast HD, superb monitor

3. Id have gone with the Corsair 500R over the R4 tho case is much a matter of personal preference.

4. As far as the GPU .... you bought a 1444 Hz monitor and that being said, I can't see ya thinking about any card that doesn't have Lightboost....and that's nVidia only at this point

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/motion_blur.htm



120 Hz w/o Lightboost




120 Hz w/ Lightboost



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October 3, 2013 7:55:00 PM

Nothing wrong with your parts. The 280X is supposedly a re-branded HD7970GHz edition and last news is that they will release it on the 8th. It is totally your call all I can say either available card will have no problem with single monitor gaming.
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October 3, 2013 7:55:31 PM

It's too early to tell if the 280x will be a solid buy. We don't know the performance, and we don't know the price. We do know that a good 770 will cost you around 400 dollars, and a non-ghz edition 7970 can be had for 268 - 284 on sale. I'd get the 7970 honestly because of the price, and 3 free game bundle, unless you are content with sitting on your new parts until we know the specifics of the 280x.
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October 3, 2013 8:10:59 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
1. I think ya tall RAM is gonna hit ya CPU Cooler.

2. Great Board, fast HD, superb monitor

3. Id have gone with the Corsair 500R over the R4 tho case is much a matter of personal preference.

4. As far as the GPU .... you bought a 1444 Hz monitor and that being said, I can't see ya thinking about any card that doesn't have Lightboost....and that's nVidia only at this point

http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/motion_blur.htm



120 Hz w/o Lightboost




120 Hz w/ Lightboost





I heard that there was some sort of Lightboost hack for AMD cards on the Newegg TV channel? Is that correct? So you would recommend I get the 770, if someone has an objection to this please post why!

EDIT: I found this article http://www.blurbusters.com/zero-motion-blur/lightboost/ would this fix the problem if I went with an AMD card and a 120Hz?

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October 3, 2013 8:12:02 PM

Swordkd said:
It's too early to tell if the 280x will be a solid buy. We don't know the performance, and we don't know the price. We do know that a good 770 will cost you around 400 dollars, and a non-ghz edition 7970 can be had for 268 - 284 on sale. I'd get the 7970 honestly because of the price, and 3 free game bundle, unless you are content with sitting on your new parts until we know the specifics of the 280x.


So is what the last guy said about lightboost with AMD cards true? Will my games be very stuttery/blurry with an AMD card? Is there anyway to fix it or do I have to go Nvidia?

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October 3, 2013 8:15:14 PM

My only restraints on going Nvidia is that: 1. It's $100 more for the 770 over the 7970 for identical performance, and 2. I feel like 2GB of VRAM will not be enough for modern games in the near future, I don't want to have to switch out this GPU soon. Any suggestions are much appreciated, thanks.
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October 3, 2013 8:18:41 PM

roguecatfish said:
Swordkd said:
It's too early to tell if the 280x will be a solid buy. We don't know the performance, and we don't know the price. We do know that a good 770 will cost you around 400 dollars, and a non-ghz edition 7970 can be had for 268 - 284 on sale. I'd get the 7970 honestly because of the price, and 3 free game bundle, unless you are content with sitting on your new parts until we know the specifics of the 280x.


So is what the last guy said about lightboost with AMD cards true? Will my games be very stuttery/blurry with an AMD card? Is there anyway to fix it or do I have to go Nvidia?


No it will not since the monitor supports 1080P on 60,80,100,120 and 144Hz through DVI and Display port.
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October 3, 2013 8:29:53 PM

roguecatfish said:


I heard that there was some sort of Lightboost hack for AMD cards on the Newegg TV channel? Is that correct? So you would recommend I get the 770, if someone has an objection to this please post why!

EDIT: I found this article http://www.blurbusters.com/zero-motion-blur/lightboost/ would this fix the problem if I went with an AMD card and a 120Hz


The blurbusters folks and tft folks have been working jointly on these articles and linking back and forth. What LB does is turn off the screen when transitioning images are shown on the screen,.... it doesn't make them go away, you just don't see them cause the light is off.

Don't take my word for it .... see for yaself .... read the articles, watch the videos.

Ya have LB, you will not see images with pixels in transition
Ya don't have LB, you will see images with pixels in transition

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October 4, 2013 3:36:33 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
roguecatfish said:


I heard that there was some sort of Lightboost hack for AMD cards on the Newegg TV channel? Is that correct? So you would recommend I get the 770, if someone has an objection to this please post why!

EDIT: I found this article http://www.blurbusters.com/zero-motion-blur/lightboost/ would this fix the problem if I went with an AMD card and a 120Hz


The blurbusters folks and tft folks have been working jointly on these articles and linking back and forth. What LB does is turn off the screen when transitioning images are shown on the screen,.... it doesn't make them go away, you just don't see them cause the light is off.

Don't take my word for it .... see for yaself .... read the articles, watch the videos.

Ya have LB, you will not see images with pixels in transition
Ya don't have LB, you will see images with pixels in transition



So is lightboost an nVidia only technology? Or is there a way to get it for AMD cards, I don't care about graphics at all, I'm all about performance but it may be hard to play FPS's with a ton of motion blur. Thanks.

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October 4, 2013 12:09:31 PM

HomeBuild2 said:
If you've already ordered all of your parts then you will want a GPU now so the 280X wouldn't be an option. If you have the money then get the MSI N770 TF 2GD5/OC. Otherwise, the Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC with Boost is a great card for the money and will still be a competitive card even with the release of the new AMD series.


I thought the 280x came out on the 8th? Is this not true? Also, what's the point of getting a 770 if the 7970 has same performance for $100 less? Thanks.

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