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March 29, 2014 9:14:31 AM

I decided to upgrade my current gpu's to a single card. I was wondering which card is better and why? The cards I want to upgrade to are the gtx 780 and the r9 290(non x). Which card should I buy? Will my psu be able to power these cards?


My specs

CPU: fx 4350 @4.4 ghz
Gpu 1 : hd 6670
Gpu 2: hd 6670
Psu: ultra ls 600
Motherboard: gigabyte 970A-UD3
8 gigs of ram @2200mhz

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March 29, 2014 9:17:03 AM

Your CPU will hugely bottleneck both cards, first buy new CPU at least FX-6300 and after new graphics card.
And for graphics card 290 is better a bit but make sure that it's cheaper than 780 and also comes with an aftermarket cooler on it!

Edit: also think about getting better PSU to run both cards!
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March 29, 2014 9:20:53 AM

Oops here, i thought about 290X :D 
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March 29, 2014 9:22:26 AM

Well you did type 290 so you were wrong.
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March 29, 2014 9:29:36 AM

Ahmadjon said:
Your CPU will hugely bottleneck both cards, first buy new CPU at least FX-6300 and after new graphics card.
And for graphics card 290 is better a bit but make sure that it's cheaper than 780 and also comes with an aftermarket cooler on it!

Edit: also think about getting better PSU to run both cards!


12989553,0,1562669 said:
An fx 4350 will bottleneck both cards. Btw the 780 is overall much faster than the r9 290.


Why would I buy a fx 6300? It has slightly worse performance than the fx 4350.

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/300/AMD_FX-Series_FX-4...

Still I would be playing gpu bound games like bf4 so the cpu would not be a huge problem like some people say.

Are you sure the gtx 780 is faster? I know it can be oc to more than the r9 290 but is it faster stock?

What psu would you recommend?
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March 29, 2014 9:35:27 AM

djcm9819 said:
12989541,0,1448643 said:
Your CPU will hugely bottleneck both cards, first buy new CPU at least FX-6300 and after new graphics card.
And for graphics card 290 is better a bit but make sure that it's cheaper than 780 and also comes with an aftermarket cooler on it!

Edit: also think about getting better PSU to run both cards!
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ModernWarfare said:
An fx 4350 will bottleneck both cards. Btw the 780 is overall much faster than the r9 290.


Why would I buy a fx 6300? It has slightly worse performance than the fx 4350.

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/300/AMD_FX-Series_FX-4...

Still I would be playing gpu bound games like bf4 so the cpu would not be a huge problem like some people say.

Are you sure the gtx 780 is faster? I know it can be oc to more than the r9 290 but is it faster stock?

What psu would you recommend?


He is right GTX-780 is much faster than 290 non X and your GPU load will be like 40~50% while your CPU will be 100% in gaming!
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March 29, 2014 9:38:32 AM

fx 6300 is 3x much better than the 4350. the fx 6300 is better with more cores and will not bottleneck the two cards you suggested the 780 is better than the r9 290 at slightly more fps. as for the psu an XFX 650 Bronze or XFX 550 bronze or CX600 bronze or CX750 Bronze should do the trick.
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March 29, 2014 9:45:23 AM

I wouldn't recommend "CX" line PSU, XFX 650W is much better

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $64.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 12:44 EDT-0400)

Or Antec HCG

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $59.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 12:45 EDT-0400)
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March 29, 2014 9:46:20 AM

fx 6300 is 3x much better than the 4350. the fx 6300 is better with more cores and will not bottleneck the two cards you suggested the 780 is better than the r9 290 at slightly more fps. as for the psu an XFX 650 Bronze or XFX 550 bronze or CX600 bronze or CX750 Bronze should do the trick.

The fx 6300 is not 3x better than the fx 4350 especially if it is overclocked. The fx 6300 is better in multi threaded applications but the fx 4350 has better single core performance. I would not buy the fx 6300 b/c the performance would not improve very much. However you said that the fx 6300 would not bottleneck an gtx 780, could you give me a link that shows this?
Thanks for the psu advice.

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March 29, 2014 9:48:53 AM

I wouldn't recommend "CX" line PSU, XFX 650W is much better

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $64.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 12:44 EDT-0400)

Or Antec HCG

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $59.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 12:45 EDT-0400)[/quotemsg]


Thanks !!!
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March 29, 2014 9:55:36 AM

you know you're right they are too close to call they both almost have the same performance. To be honest they both bottleneck a gtx 780 or an r9 290 the only thing you can think of getting is the 8320 or 8350.
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March 29, 2014 9:56:34 AM

ModernWarfare said:
you know you're right they are too close to call they both almost have the same performance. To be honest they both bottleneck a gtx 780 or an r9 290 the only thing you can think of getting is the 8320 or 8350.


:D :D 
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March 29, 2014 10:01:25 AM

you know you're right they are too close to call they both almost have the same performance. To be honest they both bottleneck a gtx 780 or an r9 290 the only thing you can think of getting is the 8320 or 8350.[

See it's better just to say that instead of saying that one is 3x better than the other when they trade blows in performance
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March 29, 2014 10:06:02 AM

Sorry call me a donkey. but hope that helps :) 
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March 29, 2014 10:15:29 AM

ModernWarfare said:
Sorry call me a donkey. but hope that helps :) 



Don't worry, the advice you gave me was still good. Still not many people know that the fx 4350 is a good choice compared to the fx 6xxx since it has better single core performance and it supposedly can oc more. The fx 4350 is very, very underrated since is programs that don't use more than four cores it performs identically to the fx 8350/6350 and it is much cheaper.
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March 29, 2014 10:23:17 AM

Well good luck with what you're getting! :) . amd is stupid making processors really.
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