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Best gaming GPU for around $400 or less

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October 23, 2013 5:49:50 PM

I am putting together a build that has to last 2 to 3 years and in need of a good gpu. It needs to come from newegg.

Right now looking at:

ASUS R9280X-DC2T-3GD5 Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

ASUS MATRIX-HD7970-P-3GD5 Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

GIGABYTE GV-R797TO-3GD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Is there a lot of difference between those ?

Any other viable options?

Should I wait for the R9 290 (not 290X), will it be close in price ?

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October 23, 2013 6:02:04 PM

The 280x and 7970 have the same GPU chip. The 280x has some minor clock tweaks but they are basically the same card. You would see a very slim difference in FPS.

Another viable option would be possibly a GTX 760.

The 290x is rumored to be around $550 and honestly wouldn't be too much of an improvement to warrant the huge price jump. It is a brand new chip though, and not based on existing hardware.
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October 23, 2013 6:06:42 PM

MD1987 said:
The 280x and 7970 have the same GPU chip. The 280x has some minor clock tweaks but they are basically the same card. You would see a very slim difference in FPS.

Another viable option would be possibly a GTX 760.

The 290x is rumored to be around $550 and honestly wouldn't be too much of an improvement to warrant the huge price jump. It is a brand new chip though, and not based on existing hardware.


Yes, I did write the "R9 290 (NOT 290X)" in my post, the one that comes out at the end of the month, not tomorrow :D 

I was also wondering about the difference between the Asus Matrix 7970 Ghz Edition vs other 7970 Ghz Editions (and the R9 280X), seems asus raise the memory clock on the Matrix version but is it worth the $25 price jump compared to other 7970 Ghz Editions.
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October 23, 2013 6:28:04 PM

Sorry, I thought I nuked that little "x" there, haha.

Well, you can always do your own overclocking and save some cash if you are comfortable with it. Also you would still have a warranty with the factory overclocked version, so there's that to consider.

Asus makes high quality parts so the price is usually justified.
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