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Can this build run 2014 games on the highest settings? im new to pc gaming

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January 19, 2014 3:29:01 PM

I need help to judge my build for a pc
that will hopefully run the 2014 games on the
highest settings with a 40-60 fps range.

Specs
i5-4670k
msi r9 280x/290x (dont know yet)
8gb ram
msi z87-g45 gaming motherboard
seagate barracuda 7200 2tb
dark power pro be quiet 750w
corsair vengeance c70 case


Also, what is HDD?

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January 19, 2014 3:36:57 PM

yeah I believe both the 280x and the 290x should be able to do it, the 280x can run BF4 at full ultra at about 50-60 average so there's that.

HDD is the hard drive, your 2tb seagate barracuda.

the rest looks fine though, you could get a smaller PSU, you don't need 750W to run a single GPU system, 600W or so will do
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January 19, 2014 3:39:38 PM

just get a i5 4440 and a r9 270 is more than enough. there is really no need to spend more. and get a cheap asus mobo.
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January 19, 2014 3:41:11 PM

Tzn said:
just get a i5 4670 and a r9 270 is more than enough. there is really no need to spend more.


I disagree, I have a 270x and I can only un BF4 on Ultra at 50fps, so a 270 wouldn't do the job.

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January 19, 2014 3:41:20 PM

Thx for the reply!

Alright so i could go with the 280x and still run 2014 games high settings?
Is this build even comaptible? I mean can i make this build?
Alright if HDD is my hard drive, then what in the name of pc gaming is SDD?
And why would i want 2 GPU's?

thanks for the informative reply
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January 19, 2014 3:44:06 PM

You do not need 2 GPU's if you have a 280x. An SSD is a Solid State Drive, it's much more expensive than an HDD but is MUCH faster when it comes to loading times and reading/writing data. This will NOT however make you play games at a higher FPS.
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January 19, 2014 3:47:11 PM

Ok thanks!
So, is this build with the 280x any good?
What else would you suggest? I'm able to spend about 400$ more,
but would rather spend that on steam games ;) 
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January 19, 2014 3:58:12 PM

I would also suggest looking at a GTX 770, at the moment R9 280x's are overpriced (if you found one for 400 dollars that is) because AMD increased prices, so a GTX 770 at 330 dollars would actually beat the performance of a 400 dollar card. That's money saved to get games or spend on other stuff.

Another option is the GTX 780, which only goes for about 100-150 dollars more expensive than the R9 280x, and completely destroys it in games
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January 19, 2014 4:04:13 PM

This would be the best build for a little less than 1300$: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2E3Hd

Also, the 280x is less expensive with MSI than a 770 and it will be fine to run all games.
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January 19, 2014 4:08:47 PM

i found an gtx 780 for 440$ and one for 650$
The differences are:
the 650$ has a stream of 2880 compared to 2304,
and 876 MHz compared to 889 Mhz
The 650$ is a gtx 780 ti, i dont know what the differences are, these were the 2 i spotted.

the r9 280x costs 300$
the gtx 770 284$

Any suggestions?
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January 19, 2014 4:12:40 PM

the 780Ti is basically a fully unlocked version of the GTX 780, it performs much better but as you can see costs much more too

if you want value, go for a 770 or r9 280x, they're both strong cards, if you want performance, go for the GTX 780

and yes currently the R9 280x is more expensive in America, AMD raised prices due to prevalence of coin miners
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January 19, 2014 4:25:32 PM

Thanks you guys so much,
i have a clue now of whats what.
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January 20, 2014 7:08:06 PM

AMD didn't raise prices, retailers did. Basic supply and demand.
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January 29, 2014 7:19:44 PM

Paradoxale said:
i found an gtx 780 for 440$ and one for 650$
The differences are:
the 650$ has a stream of 2880 compared to 2304,
and 876 MHz compared to 889 Mhz
The 650$ is a gtx 780 ti, i dont know what the differences are, these were the 2 i spotted.

the r9 280x costs 300$
the gtx 770 284$

Any suggestions?
The "Ti" Edition of Nvidia GPUs means they're unlocked or just plain faster, but specs in GPUs are nearly just NOTHING to compare, for example, you can't compare two different GPUs by their architecture, because its all different, which means its VERY hard to just compare it on paper(Not recommended), you could have a GPU with just 512MB of ram and still play games on high/ultra settings, and specific specs like Stream Processors and CUDA Cores ARE NOT the same. It all goes down to what sort of games you want to play. Games like BF4 will be used on the Mantle API, which is likely to give a performance boost, and PhysX(Not widely used), there's AMD EyeInfinity, and then there's... NVIDIA's side, They have G-Sync, so if you hate breaking frames you'll need a G-Sync Card, which is NVIDIA's GTX Series GPU of 650 and above, but worry not! There's Free-Sync, its still in development, but I think AMD will perfect it. Also, OpenCL is noted to perform better on AMD Cards. OpenGL and DirectX are just graphics engines/APIs, so while OpenGL may be faster than DirectX, there's going to be no difference whether or not NVIDIA Cards run better than AMD Cards on a specific API(Excluding Mantle of course), because its all different and performance is different also.
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