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GTX 770 vs R9 280X (Crossfire and SLI in near future)

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March 12, 2014 2:15:11 PM

I'll be gaming at ultra (at the moment) at 1024x1280p but will son upgrade to a 1440p monitor and add another GPU. Which one??? Thanks!
March 12, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Listing your specs would be helpful, are you upgrading or just new build?

It depends with these 2. They are pretty much on par against each other. It also depends the prices on these two. Due to bitcoin mining, amd cards went up on prices. The 770 here costs less then 400 in Canada, while the 280x costs a overpriced 600$!

It also depends on the games, a lot of games will favor the nvidia side, and some games will favor cards from th AMD side. One advantage that the 280x has is a extra GB of vram. = better for higher resolutions. You'll have to sli the 770 for better gaming with a 1440p monitor. So the AMD side could be a option to take in idea.

The gtx 770 is a great choice, and same time the 280x is a great choice as well. and when the g-sync monitors come out, you should get a g-sync monitor if you pick nvidia.
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March 12, 2014 2:47:24 PM

Daniel Sudakov said:
Listing your specs would be helpful, are you upgrading or just new build?

It depends with these 2. They are pretty much on par against each other. It also depends the prices on these two. Due to bitcoin mining, amd cards went up on prices. The 770 here costs less then 400 in Canada, while the 280x costs a overpriced 600$!

It also depends on the games, a lot of games will favor the nvidia side, and some games will favor cards from th AMD side. One advantage that the 280x has is a extra GB of vram. = better for higher resolutions. You'll have to sli the 770 for better gaming with a 1440p monitor. So the AMD side could be a option to take in idea.

The gtx 770 is a great choice, and same time the 280x is a great choice as well. and when the g-sync monitors come out, you should get a g-sync monitor if you pick nvidia.


In the UK they are both £230.
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March 12, 2014 2:53:54 PM

Vindaloovians said:
Daniel Sudakov said:
Listing your specs would be helpful, are you upgrading or just new build?

It depends with these 2. They are pretty much on par against each other. It also depends the prices on these two. Due to bitcoin mining, amd cards went up on prices. The 770 here costs less then 400 in Canada, while the 280x costs a overpriced 600$!

It also depends on the games, a lot of games will favor the nvidia side, and some games will favor cards from th AMD side. One advantage that the 280x has is a extra GB of vram. = better for higher resolutions. You'll have to sli the 770 for better gaming with a 1440p monitor. So the AMD side could be a option to take in idea.

The gtx 770 is a great choice, and same time the 280x is a great choice as well. and when the g-sync monitors come out, you should get a g-sync monitor if you pick nvidia.


In the UK they are both £230.


That's good lol, I would say if you want to run higher resolution, the 280x is your best choice, but you can get the 4GB gtx 770 edition, you'll have a extra 1gb from the 280x. Costs more, but will do better then the 280x.
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March 12, 2014 3:12:52 PM

+1 for listing your specs.

You will want an i7 3770k or 4770k or an FX 8320 or 8350 system (* with good supporting motherboard and RAM) in order to drive 2 high end GPUs in SLI or Crossfire. These scale better with multiple-GPUs when compared to an i5 or FX 6300.
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March 12, 2014 3:36:36 PM

Thinking of a hyperthreaded Xeon e3
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March 12, 2014 5:07:49 PM

hyperthreading for gaming is useless unless you're running a program that feeds on it (CAD, editing, etc etc) Best CPU for gaming, i5 4670k :) 

Plus, xeons are normally for heavy tasks.
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March 13, 2014 10:49:52 AM

Daniel Sudakov said:
hyperthreading for gaming is useless unless you're running a program that feeds on it (CAD, editing, etc etc) Best CPU for gaming, i5 4670k :) 

Plus, xeons are normally for heavy tasks.


BUT the xeon is the same price. It's a stock clocked i7.
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March 13, 2014 11:38:37 AM

Vindaloovians said:
Daniel Sudakov said:
hyperthreading for gaming is useless unless you're running a program that feeds on it (CAD, editing, etc etc) Best CPU for gaming, i5 4670k :) 

Plus, xeons are normally for heavy tasks.


BUT the xeon is the same price. It's a stock clocked i7.


But do you know what they're used for? Workstations, servers, and professional applications. A i7 4770K will do better or the i5 4670k
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March 13, 2014 12:23:16 PM

A xeon isnt just workstation and server.
Works fine in normal build, but be sure to pick a compatible motherboard, as not all supports the xeon.
It has the same specs as an i7, clocked a little lower (xeon e3 1230 v3)
Price of it is pretty close to i5 4670k.
Only an overclocked i5 or i7 will beat it. Just because its a "professional" cpu, doesnt mean it sucks for gaming.
An alternative to i7.
Has same pci lanes as i7
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March 13, 2014 12:33:46 PM

Daniel Sudakov said:
Vindaloovians said:
Daniel Sudakov said:
hyperthreading for gaming is useless unless you're running a program that feeds on it (CAD, editing, etc etc) Best CPU for gaming, i5 4670k :) 

Plus, xeons are normally for heavy tasks.


BUT the xeon is the same price. It's a stock clocked i7.


But do you know what they're used for? Workstations, servers, and professional applications. A i7 4770K will do better or the i5 4670k


If you look at benchmarks, it's the same as an i7 3770. It's also the price of an i5 4670k.
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March 13, 2014 12:50:47 PM

The only problem, at least for me, is not many cheap supporting motherboards, but if you can, get the xeon and save a little money
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March 13, 2014 1:23:34 PM

FunkyFeatures said:
The only problem, at least for me, is not many cheap supporting motherboards, but if you can, get the xeon and save a little money


It uses the LGA 155* motherboards, you might be thinking of the LGA 2011 Xeon-E5 series?
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March 13, 2014 10:19:33 PM

No, i still mean the e3 series.
Some motherboards do not support xeon. Make sure to check it.
An example, was gonna go with msi g45 mobo, but didnt support xeon. Had to pick gd65
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