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December 6, 2013 11:39:05 AM

So the day has come, im looking for a new graphics card, and i cannot decide what so ever!

Here are some of the cards iv been looking at, and all of these card are right in my budget, the most expensive is abit on the edge tho..
But here we go:

Gainward GeForce GTX 770 4GB "Phantom"
Gainward GeForce GTX 770 2GB "Phantom"

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 770 2GB AMP!
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 770 4GB

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB "Windforce X3"
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB "Windforce X3"

Sapphire Radeon R9 290 4GB

Please help!

Will mostly be used for Games like: Battlefield 4, Arma 3, Skyrim, League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Metro last light, Bioshock infite, Dishonored.

My PC Specs:
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Black
Corsair Power supply TX V2 650W
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2300 CPU @ 2.80GHz.
MSI PS7A GD65 B3
Corsair XMS3 Vengeance 16gb Cl9
XFX Radeon HD 6950 2gb GDDR5
WD Caviar Black 1TB Sata 3.0
Windows 7 Home premium
December 6, 2013 11:50:19 AM

The r9 290 is the best out of those listed for both performance and price/performance ratio. That one gets my pick and did you know that the r9 can run to 105 Celsius safely?.
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December 6, 2013 11:50:22 AM

The r9 290 is the best out of those listed for both performance and price/performance ratio. That one gets my pick and did you know that the r9 can run to 105 Celsius safely?.
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December 6, 2013 11:56:36 AM

R290 + artic cooling accelero III will blow all of your other choices out of the water..
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December 6, 2013 11:57:11 AM

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB

but if you can afford r9 290 go for it ...
it will give you more performance
but the cooler is loud and your processor may bottleneck the card a bit in few new games...
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December 6, 2013 12:07:09 PM

First of all, there seems to be little advantage in spending more for 4gb of vram.
Read this:
http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Video-Card-Pe...

The cards you listed are more expensive because they come with fancy fan based coolers.
I might suggest that a stock blower type cooler is entirely adequate, and will keep your case cooler.
And difference in overclocking capability is relatively minor.

Since budget is an issue, I might suggest something simpler like this EVGA superclock:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 6, 2013 12:07:10 PM

Quaddro said:
R290 + artic cooling accelero III will blow all of your other choices out of the water..


Is it hard to install the "artic cooling accelero III"

Isnt there any other alternatives, like buying the gigabyte r9 290? Thought maybe it had better cooling because its gigabyte?
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December 6, 2013 12:16:42 PM

Sjedda said:

Is it hard to install the "artic cooling accelero III"

Isnt there any other alternatives, like buying the gigabyte r9 290? Thought maybe they had better cooling or something?


well, toms already review and discuss about r9 290 + artic cooling accelero III,,
you can read the article here => http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/r9-290-accelero-xtr...

but yes..just wait 3rd party vendor (msi, asus, gigabyte, etc)..all of them will release their own custom cooling model, well, maybe in this new year..
But if you really can't wait, then reference R9 290+artic cooling 3 is still a very good option..
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December 6, 2013 12:27:02 PM

Sjedda said:
Quaddro said:
R290 + artic cooling accelero III will blow all of your other choices out of the water..


Is it hard to install the "artic cooling accelero III"

Isnt there any other alternatives, like buying the gigabyte r9 290? Thought maybe it had better cooling because its gigabyte?


Changing out a stock cooler is not all that difficult.
But, my preference is to use the funds to buy a stronger card in the first place.
Better coolers may let you oc a bit higher. But, at the expense of more noise and heat.
Graphics vendors are wise to overclocking and reserve their good chips to be sold in factory overclocked models at a price premium.
As a rule, you get what you pay for in a factory overclock.

If you can afford a r9-290 or a GTX780, go for it.
In fast action gaming, the graphics card is all important.
I have rarely regretted in paying more for something better, but have more often regretted paying less for a bargain that did not satisfy.

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December 6, 2013 12:36:49 PM

geofelt said:
Sjedda said:
Quaddro said:
R290 + artic cooling accelero III will blow all of your other choices out of the water..


Is it hard to install the "artic cooling accelero III"

Isnt there any other alternatives, like buying the gigabyte r9 290? Thought maybe it had better cooling because its gigabyte?


Changing out a stock cooler is not all that difficult.
But, my preference is to use the funds to buy a stronger card in the first place.
Better coolers may let you oc a bit higher. But, at the expense of more noise and heat.
Graphics vendors are wise to overclocking and reserve their good chips to be sold in factory overclocked models at a price premium.
As a rule, you get what you pay for in a factory overclock.

If you can afford a r9-290 or a GTX780, go for it.
In fast action gaming, the graphics card is all important.
I have rarely regretted in paying more for something better, but have more often regretted paying less for a bargain that did not satisfy.



But the problem is, i can barely afford the r9-290, and the gtx780 is way to pricy for me!
And if i buy the r9-290 i cant afford aftermarket cooling...
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December 6, 2013 12:43:18 PM

Why do you need aftermarket cooling?
If you buy a stronger card in the first place, you have little need to overclock.
Actually, the R9 cards are noisy because they come with an aggressive overclock, that is why the cooling fans are noisy.

If your new graphics card is a good sized jump over your old, you should be pleased.
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December 6, 2013 12:46:18 PM

geofelt said:
Why do you need aftermarket cooling?
If you buy a stronger card in the first place, you have little need to overclock.
Actually, the R9 cards are noisy because they come with an aggressive overclock, that is why the cooling fans are noisy.

If your new graphics card is a good sized jump over your old, you should be pleased.


It is indeed ! I dont care about noise as long as my freinds wont hear it over skype.
I thought the problem was that they would almost melt if you overclocked them a little bit!
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December 6, 2013 12:55:27 PM

Graphics cards do run hot, but they are built to tolerate heat.
If they get too hot they will downclock themselves to prevent damage.

If heat is a problem, look first to case cooling. take the side covers off your case if you must.

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December 6, 2013 1:05:33 PM

What brand should i buy from then?
Sappire, Gigabyte, MSI ?
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December 6, 2013 1:17:54 PM

I have no authoritative idea.
You might visit each support forum and see which does a better job.
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