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October 9, 2013 3:26:13 PM

Right now I have a GTX 460 and it's really annoying. I can't even play The Witcher 2 with it on Ultra. It only gives me around 20 FPS there.

I saw that new AMD cards are coming out. They are based on the old ones but are faster and also cheaper. The 290 is coming later but I found out that it is going to be an expensive high end card and will cost $500+ which is a bit much.

What I need help with is deciding which is most future proof. For how long would a R9 290X actually be fine for games on Ultra?
What I am trying to say is, would it be wiser to simply buy a GPU now with half the cost of a 290X and then in a few years use the other half for a new actual GPU? That way the money would further since buying a cheaper card now could probably play most things easily, right?

How fast will a 290X "get old"? Graphics right now seems to evolve pretty quick and I wouldn't be surprised if by the end of next year there'd be games that it couldn't play at max smoothly anymore.

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October 9, 2013 3:31:09 PM

Honestly no one knows the answer to the real futureproofing question. But it should last at least 3 years, after that sure you may not be playing on ultra (who knows what a next crysis game will do to a gpu) but you would be able to play most games on med-high after that mark. It depends if you want to justify paying 500+ dollars now for a gpu, or purchase a gpu NOW for lets say 250 that will max out games now and in 2-3 years purchase a new gpu for the same amount to run the games at ultra for the next few years.
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October 9, 2013 3:31:20 PM

I always stay around the $200-250 price point and rather upgrade more frequently. As an example HD7950 currently plays almost everything at highest settings on 1080P.
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October 9, 2013 4:35:04 PM

I'm thinking about buying a Radeon X9 280X which is going to cost me around £300 ($478). I'm not so good with GPU benchmarks. Is this a good deal or is there another GPU better for around the same price? I know that there won't be a Radeon card better for the same price because I read these new cards are based on old ones but better and cheaper. This one is based on the HD 7970 I think.

So should I be buying another or is this one the best for the price?
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October 9, 2013 5:03:58 PM

nyxanna said:
I'm thinking about buying a Radeon X9 280X which is going to cost me around £300 ($478). I'm not so good with GPU benchmarks. Is this a good deal or is there another GPU better for around the same price? I know that there won't be a Radeon card better for the same price because I read these new cards are based on old ones but better and cheaper. This one is based on the HD 7970 I think.

So should I be buying another or is this one the best for the price?


If you;re willing to pay that price then yes, that's a great way to go, Its similar to the 7970 but clocked higher and requires a little less power. But You could think of it that way, purchase a high end gpu that you wont have to for a few years, and build around that. And if you are getting it for that price, i'd go for it.
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October 9, 2013 7:22:39 PM

I just saw benchmarks and the 7970 seems to perform better in all benchmarks I saw. Don't really know why I would buy a 280X over it at all and the 7970 comes with 3 game codes while the 280X comes with nothing.
I think I'm going to go for the 7970 instead.
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October 9, 2013 7:26:01 PM

I have seen nothing that compels me to purchase the 280X when you can get overclocked HD7970 for $270-300 with the gaming bundle.
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October 9, 2013 7:58:11 PM

I still have a few more questions. I just saw that the GTX 680 is doing better in benchmarks and the store I am using sells at a price similar to the 7970. Then I saw that the GTX 770 is better than both but later on I found benchmarks where the 7970 somehow beat the other two cards. I can't tell which is the best card.

Out of these 3 which is the best GPU?
So is this card worse than the second?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-asus-radeon-hd-7970-...
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-pov-tgt-gtx-680-char...
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-evga-gtx-770-sc-acx-...
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October 9, 2013 7:58:13 PM

I still have a few more questions. I just saw that the GTX 680 is doing better in benchmarks and the store I am using sells at a price similar to the 7970. Then I saw that the GTX 770 is better than both but later on I found benchmarks where the 7970 somehow beat the other two cards. I can't tell which is the best card.

Out of these 3 which is the best GPU?
So is this card worse than the second?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-asus-radeon-hd-7970-...
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-pov-tgt-gtx-680-char...
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-evga-gtx-770-sc-acx-...
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October 9, 2013 8:12:56 PM

I guess I'll go with the 7970 afterall. The 770 might be better but the 3 free games that come with the AMD cards just make it a better deal.
Can someone tell me though how easily the 7970 can be overclocked? I read that the 7970 is better for overclocking than the GTX 770.
The difference is small so is there any way to buy a new cooler and overclock it to 770 level or is that a bad idea?
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October 9, 2013 8:14:42 PM

Most of them have sufficient cooling to overclock past the next card up.
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October 9, 2013 8:23:58 PM

Sorry but I have one more question.
Which is the best 7970 card out of this selection? I just want to make sure I get the best one since I'm not good with graphics cards.
http://www.scan.co.uk/search.aspx?q=7970
I see that the Sapphire one is more expensive but Asus numbers are higher so I don't really know.
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October 9, 2013 8:31:33 PM

The Asus top is at a great price but the matrix is slightly faster but not as much faster as the price difference says. I would go with this one http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-asus-radeon-hd-7970-...
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