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March 13, 2014 12:14:55 PM

I'm new when it comes to graphics cards, in the past I normally just bought the newer cards or a higher number on the card list to upgrade.

Current setup.

AMD FX-8 Core Black Edition - 9590
Nvidia Gtx 550 Ti
24 Gigs ram
Windows 7

I'm not really sure what I should get as an upgrade so I'm hoping you guys/gals can help me with that. My price tag is sitting at around $1200 for the card alone. I'm looking for something that's going to last, something that will allow me to max out any game I throw at it. Skyrim with ENG mods, Crisis 3, Metro Last Light etc etc.

Thanks in advance.

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March 13, 2014 12:23:30 PM

Nice, I'll have a look at this once I get home. Also, not really all that rich.. Just been saving for awhile.. Also tax return :) 
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March 13, 2014 12:25:53 PM

if you really want something ANYTHING you throw at or even future games the gtx titan black is the way to go.
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March 13, 2014 12:26:59 PM

the780 ti or 290 are ample unless your on super high resolution with say three 1080p 1440p monitors in portrait 7680x4320 then you will certainly need 6gbs vram the titan/black has.
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March 13, 2014 12:27:35 PM

ModernWarfare said:
if you really want something ANYTHING you throw at or even future games the gtx titan black is the way to go.


Complete waste of money! A 780ti will out do a TITAN BLACK by far...
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March 13, 2014 12:28:20 PM

yea. r9 290x is my main recommendation.
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March 13, 2014 12:31:21 PM

ModernWarfare said:
yea. r9 290x is my main recommendation.


I personally would go with a 780ti 3gb but both are very good cards.
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March 13, 2014 12:32:42 PM

I'm running 1920 x 1080 duel 27', it's not eyefinity setup or anything just stand alone monitors. I'm leaning towards to 780 ti since I've always done I nvidia cards. The only reason I went with amd processor over Intel was price on that one.
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March 13, 2014 12:33:13 PM

yea you're right the gtx 780 ti is abit faster than the r9 290x. also you're right titan black is the most useless product :p 
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March 13, 2014 12:34:03 PM

eXidus said:
I'm running 1920 x 1080 duel 27', it's not eyefinity setup or anything just stand alone monitors.


Then you will be fine with 780/ti or 290/x
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March 13, 2014 12:35:38 PM

Awesome, 780 ti it is.. Thanks for the help everyone!
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March 13, 2014 12:35:52 PM

If you plan on dedicating a lot of time to Skyrim, I would suggest looking into replacing your AMD CPU with an Intel i5/i7. Your $1200 budget allows for a complete replacement of your CPU/MOBO/GPU. Reason being is that Skyrim performs a whole lot better with an Intel CPU, and if you're throwing mods on it, you're going to need the Intel CPU.

Switch over and pair it with a GTX 780 Ti or a Titan Black, and you're good to go.
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March 13, 2014 12:37:27 PM

holy sh** hes definetly right please allow me.
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March 13, 2014 12:39:01 PM

Yeah I don't understand the Titan Black, waste of money, I think people buy it for the name. "oh I run a TITAN!" But I'm an Nvidia person so I would go with the 780ti 3gb, it runs slightly faster than the R9290x but they both run very fast and are very close in comparison, so it's more about personal preference.
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March 13, 2014 12:40:22 PM

Nah I don't plan on dedicating to much time to skyrim, I just used it with the ENG mods as an example as to what I was looking for graphicly.
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March 13, 2014 12:40:29 PM

eXidus said:
I'm new when it comes to graphics cards, in the past I normally just bought the newer cards or a higher number on the card list to upgrade.

Current setup.

AMD FX-8 Core Black Edition - 9590
Nvidia Gtx 550 Ti
24 Gigs ram
Windows 7

I'm not really sure what I should get as an upgrade so I'm hoping you guys/gals can help me with that. My price tag is sitting at around $1200 for the card alone. I'm looking for something that's going to last, something that will allow me to max out any game I throw at it. Skyrim with ENG mods, Crisis 3, Metro Last Light etc etc.

Thanks in advance.


I reccomend the 780 ti as it beats the r9 290x by just a bit, but has more features to it. I also recommend using SLI with two 4GB GTX 770's. Normally I would reccomend AMD, but their prices have shot up drastically because of crypto coin currency. As of now, Nvidia will give you the better bang for you buck. Another combination would be the 780 in SLI. What you need to understand is that you can never buy a card that is guarenteed to last, because you can never know how technology changes and how games are going to change in the future. Future proof is a very bad term. Just understand that you will never be able to prepare for future games because you don't know how they will use hardware, or what they will demand.
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March 13, 2014 12:41:31 PM

dinner is served.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.79 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($719.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1139.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 15:41 EDT-0400)
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March 13, 2014 12:42:44 PM

ModernWarfare said:
dinner is served.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.79 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($719.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1139.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-13 15:41 EDT-0400)


^ +1 agreed.
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March 13, 2014 12:43:22 PM

Yeah thats understandable, I'm just tired of playing newer modern games like titanfall on low.. If you know what I mean.
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March 13, 2014 12:45:48 PM

trust me if you get those i will kiss you. you dont get them and i will slap the amd out of you. :p 
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March 13, 2014 12:46:30 PM

Okay, with that build you posted you have an Intel processor. Aside from my 9590 having issues with skyrim, I assume it's still a good processor. From the amd site it says it's one of the best.. Maybe I'm wrong. Just bought it a few weeks ago.. Now starting to regret the purchase.. Can't really return it at this point.
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March 13, 2014 12:46:38 PM

TheMagicalWallaby said:
eXidus said:
I'm new when it comes to graphics cards, in the past I normally just bought the newer cards or a higher number on the card list to upgrade.

Current setup.

AMD FX-8 Core Black Edition - 9590
Nvidia Gtx 550 Ti
24 Gigs ram
Windows 7

I'm not really sure what I should get as an upgrade so I'm hoping you guys/gals can help me with that. My price tag is sitting at around $1200 for the card alone. I'm looking for something that's going to last, something that will allow me to max out any game I throw at it. Skyrim with ENG mods, Crisis 3, Metro Last Light etc etc.

Thanks in advance.




I reccomend the 780 ti as it beats the r9 290x by just a bit, but has more features to it. I also recommend using SLI with two 4GB GTX 770's. Normally I would reccomend AMD, but their prices have shot up drastically because of crypto coin currency. As of now, Nvidia will give you the better bang for you buck. Another combination would be the 780 in SLI. What you need to understand is that you can never buy a card that is guarenteed to last, because you can never know how technology changes and how games are going to change in the future. Future proof is a very bad term. Just understand that you will never be able to prepare for future games because you don't know how they will use hardware, or what they will demand.


Yes and mostly no.
New tech wouldn't not just appear that would render current or even older GPU'S useless. Put simply the game and GPU developers know where the money is (it's in consoles come to think it) and so when there porting their games over to PC they want to sell as many as they can. Which means they need to usable on at least medium-high end GPU\s and CPU/s. The transition would actually be quite slow.
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March 13, 2014 12:49:28 PM

eXidus said:
Okay, with that build you posted you have an Intel processor. Aside from my 9590 having issues with skyrim, I assume it's still a good processor. From the amd site it says it's one of the best.. Maybe I'm wrong. Just bought it a few weeks ago.. Now starting to regret the purchase..


It's a good processor although I'm an Nvidia + Intel person so I can't comment on AMD processors too much.
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March 13, 2014 12:53:51 PM

That's good because I paid $450 for the 9590 and at this point I have to keep it.
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March 13, 2014 12:55:12 PM

but intel tends to handle games much better than amd also in single core performance heck an i3 HT has the performance of a fx 6300.
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March 13, 2014 12:57:00 PM

you have a point its up to you. but like what we all said the gtx 780ti it is go get em tiger. :p 
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March 13, 2014 1:01:33 PM

AMD's 9xxx series of CPUs are power hungry (220W TDP? Really?) and only a few motherboards actually support them. AMD CPUs are -decent- for gaming, but do not excel past an i5 in any game. There might be a few where the AMD is -slightly- better, but it's never a vast margin.

And then there's the Thief benchmarks; where an OC'd 8350 @ 4.5 GHz gets about 53 FPS, which would be similar to a 9590, as it is just an overclocked 8350.

Whereas Intel's i3-3220 @ 3.3 GHz getting 54 FPS. An i3.

And to in response to the people that will say "AMD will be better when games utilize more cores." By the time games actually utilize 8 cores, there'll be a whole new generation of CPUs, and likely your FX-series CPU, as well as the i5s, will be obsolete. Not to mention the fact that AMD has stepped out of the high end CPU scene to focus on their APUs.

I'm not trying to totally bash AMD, but I do prefer Intel and Nvidia due to their great efficiency and performance. If AMD comes out with a processor (or GPU) that can match Intel's power consumption and their ability to run a whole lot cooler, I would switch, as I'm more of a performance fanboy.

TLDR, AMD CPUs are good, Intel is better.
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March 13, 2014 1:03:41 PM

I wonder if I could con them into letting me return the CPU.. Hmm
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March 13, 2014 1:09:06 PM

lol, though it's used does the warrenty allow like a 2 week refund scheme or something?
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March 13, 2014 1:12:43 PM

I just checked their website, it's a 30 day return so that's fine but they have a restocking fee of 30 percent.. :/ 
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March 13, 2014 1:14:31 PM

eXidus said:
I just checked their website, it's a 30 day return so that's fine but they have a restocking fee of 30 percent.. :/ 


Well it's up to you, it's a good processor but I personally would go with a Intel What is your Mobo?
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March 13, 2014 1:16:01 PM

I can't remember, I just bought that recently as well to run the 9590. I'm not at home so I can't check at the moment.
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March 13, 2014 1:20:12 PM

Because you're mobo may not support a 4th gen CPU so make sure your Mobo can support a 4th gen CPU.
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March 13, 2014 1:28:18 PM

yea what a story from a new graphics card to an amd and intel war bravo.
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March 13, 2014 1:29:20 PM

ModernWarfare said:
yea what a story from a new graphics card to an amd and intel war bravo.


lol
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March 13, 2014 2:17:36 PM

IRyannHD said:
Because you're mobo may not support a 4th gen CPU so make sure your Mobo can support a 4th gen CPU.


Yeah good point, I'll have to look into that. Though, I've thought about it and I'm just going to stick with the AMD for the time being rather then go through the whole process of getting something new. Not to mention that the processor itself is good, just not "as" good.
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March 13, 2014 2:23:43 PM

eXidus said:
IRyannHD said:
Because you're mobo may not support a 4th gen CPU so make sure your Mobo can support a 4th gen CPU.


Yeah good point, I'll have to look into that. Though, I've thought about it and I'm just going to stick with the AMD for the time being rather then go through the whole process of getting something new. Not to mention that the processor itself is good, just not "as" good.


Exactly, it is still a fantastic processor anyway have fun with the 780ti, but what is your PSU?/
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March 13, 2014 2:35:20 PM

yea i was wondering to better not be UnicornPower Unlimitedwatts 80+ rainbow certified.
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March 13, 2014 2:38:55 PM

IRyannHD said:
eXidus said:
IRyannHD said:
Because you're mobo may not support a 4th gen CPU so make sure your Mobo can support a 4th gen CPU.


Yeah good point, I'll have to look into that. Though, I've thought about it and I'm just going to stick with the AMD for the time being rather then go through the whole process of getting something new. Not to mention that the processor itself is good, just not "as" good.


Exactly, it is still a fantastic processor anyway have fun with the 780ti, but what is your PSU?/


I have a 750w PSU so I'm pretty sure I'll need to upgrade that as well. Also, my motherboard is a Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. 970A-DS3P. Not sure if that's good or not, I really just got a board that would support AMD+3
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March 13, 2014 2:40:25 PM

eXidus said:
IRyannHD said:
eXidus said:
IRyannHD said:
Because you're mobo may not support a 4th gen CPU so make sure your Mobo can support a 4th gen CPU.


Yeah good point, I'll have to look into that. Though, I've thought about it and I'm just going to stick with the AMD for the time being rather then go through the whole process of getting something new. Not to mention that the processor itself is good, just not "as" good.


Exactly, it is still a fantastic processor anyway have fun with the 780ti, but what is your PSU?/


I have a 750w PSU so I'm pretty sure I'll need to upgrade that as well. Also, my motherboard is a Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. 970A-DS3P. Not sure if that's good or not, I really just got a board that would support AMD+3


Thats fine, just needed to make sure you could power a 780ti 3gb

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March 13, 2014 2:43:05 PM

and it must not be a no-name cheap psu thats most importantly.
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March 13, 2014 2:43:14 PM

You guys have been crazy helpful.. most forums you ask questions like this on you just get ignored and or told off for now knowing enough. Thanks a lot everyone, you've all been a great help.
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March 13, 2014 2:44:40 PM

ModernWarfare said:
and it must not be a no-name cheap psu thats most importantly.


Id have to open up my Pc to find the make of it, not 100% sure it was awhile ago I bought it.

On the topic of this mobo though, it kinda pisses me off because the FX-9590 is a 4.7ghz processor and the motherboard only supports 4.0.. pending a bios update..
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March 13, 2014 2:45:30 PM

its actually fun helping people giving them the right decisions ;) .
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