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what is the best value graphics card for $400 in australia?

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May 4, 2014 9:59:52 PM

been leaning towards the SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 280X 3GB but would like to hear other peoples suggestions and opinions
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May 4, 2014 10:04:22 PM

that exact model of GPU is prone to the black screen issue, which is not by any meaning ignorable.

I live in Australia and this would be my choice;

http://www.msy.com.au/pc-components/12444-gigabyte-r929...

Though it runs hot, though it's the stock cooled model, what a card for $429. Best if you can later on, get a custom cooler.
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May 4, 2014 10:19:52 PM

I'd get a GTX 770
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May 4, 2014 10:42:18 PM

r9 290x, just picked one off ebay for $350
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May 4, 2014 10:53:32 PM

this is in Australia, not sure if those prices are that cheap after inflation.
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May 4, 2014 11:02:31 PM

buy from usa, shipping should be that much, you are right. that card is expensive down under. I just bought a new on off craigslist for 400 and a used on from ebay for 350. The same day i bought card I went to my local pc parts store and they have same card open box for $750.
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May 4, 2014 11:07:20 PM

im also in aus, worked out that it was ~$300 AU cheaper to buy in the usa and ship. You can go to http://calculator.shipito.com/en/#/result and put in all the details, i also go to tigerdirect.com because they show the box size for the product. Good luck mate ;) 
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May 4, 2014 11:12:15 PM

newegg has powercolor r9 280x for $233 after $20 mail-in rebate. for that price i would do some research to see if 280x crossfire is more powerful than the 290x. What kind of monitors are you running. I run three 23"ips monitors so I needed the extra hp from a 2nd card. 1 290x will run batman arkam orgins at 35fps at 5760*1200
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May 4, 2014 11:15:26 PM

dual 280X s is much more powerful then a 290X, there is a huge difference.
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May 4, 2014 11:23:45 PM

well just giving you some options, drop the x and get the plain version with some water cooler:) 
I been reserching video cards for last 4 months, I wanted the new nvidia maxwell card but the got delayed til 2015. The titan black is way overpriced as is the r9 295x2. My 2nd choice was the gtx 780 ti but those prices are still not in my budget since i needed two cards. I didnt even consider the amd card due to power requirements but poking around craigslist I found what I thought was a good deal, so Im happy now.

What monitor are you running?
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May 4, 2014 11:27:03 PM

for the price i would shoot for 280 crossfire setup or gtx 760 sli, they go over your budget but you will be impressed from the power. Add water coolers later when you want to oc. I ordered the kraken g10 bracket with corsair H75(paid $75 for both)
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May 4, 2014 11:28:08 PM

assuming if the resolution is 1080p, what overkill, a waste of money.
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May 4, 2014 11:32:10 PM

a GTX 770 from US and shipped to Aus is the best bet ;) 
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May 4, 2014 11:34:18 PM

All this SLI and crossfire can be canceled out, it is pointless and not needed. Stock to one, more powerful GPU, as listed above or a R9 280X/290/X.
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May 5, 2014 1:34:53 AM

unknownofprob said:
this is in Australia, not sure if those prices are that cheap after inflation.


GTX 770 $409 surely you won't mind spending ~2% extra?
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May 5, 2014 2:13:12 AM

Where can you get a GTX 770 for $409?
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May 5, 2014 4:28:34 AM

check evga website, click on b-stock
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May 5, 2014 7:25:11 PM

Alpha3031 said:
unknownofprob said:
this is in Australia, not sure if those prices are that cheap after inflation.


GTX 770 $409 surely you won't mind spending ~2% extra?


You can get it for $402 on MSY for the windforce 3X model, though it depends on what you do, both the R9 280X and 770 are quite similar when it comes to performance.


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May 29, 2014 8:11:40 AM

unknownofprob said:
dual 280X s is much more powerful then a 290X, there is a huge difference.


ive been hearing this and the complete opposite to this!
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May 29, 2014 8:14:01 AM

pdasterly said:
well just giving you some options, drop the x and get the plain version with some water cooler:) 
I been reserching video cards for last 4 months, I wanted the new nvidia maxwell card but the got delayed til 2015. The titan black is way overpriced as is the r9 295x2. My 2nd choice was the gtx 780 ti but those prices are still not in my budget since i needed two cards. I didnt even consider the amd card due to power requirements but poking around craigslist I found what I thought was a good deal, so Im happy now.

What monitor are you running?


ASUS MX299Q 29in Ultrawide AH-IPS Cinematic Monitor.
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May 29, 2014 8:14:55 AM

pdasterly said:
newegg has powercolor r9 280x for $233 after $20 mail-in rebate. for that price i would do some research to see if 280x crossfire is more powerful than the 290x. What kind of monitors are you running. I run three 23"ips monitors so I needed the extra hp from a 2nd card. 1 290x will run batman arkam orgins at 35fps at 5760*1200


for now running a singular ASUS MX299Q 29in Ultrawide AH-IPS Cinematic Monitor
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May 29, 2014 8:15:35 AM

Alpha3031 said:
I'd get a GTX 770


280x out preforms 770 and its cheaper? hahah
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May 29, 2014 9:38:00 PM

sayfway said:
unknownofprob said:
dual 280X s is much more powerful then a 290X, there is a huge difference.


ive been hearing this and the complete opposite to this!

So you think a R9 290X is better then a R9 280X Crossfire setup, I used to have a 7990, that was better but i didn't like the fact that not all games supported crossfire.
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May 30, 2014 3:14:31 PM

sayfway said:
Alpha3031 said:
I'd get a GTX 770


280x out preforms 770 and its cheaper? hahah


actually, a GTX 770 is faster than a 280x, its not much, but probably justifies the price.
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June 2, 2014 11:05:54 PM

unknownofprob said:
that exact model of GPU is prone to the black screen issue, which is not by any meaning ignorable.

I live in Australia and this would be my choice;

http://www.msy.com.au/pc-components/12444-gigabyte-r929...

Though it runs hot, though it's the stock cooled model, what a card for $429. Best if you can later on, get a custom cooler.


Mac266 said:
sayfway said:
Alpha3031 said:
I'd get a GTX 770


280x out preforms 770 and its cheaper? hahah


actually, a GTX 770 is faster than a 280x, its not much, but probably justifies the price.


could you link me one?
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June 3, 2014 1:19:34 AM

Do you want one from Aus shops? I live in NSW, but im going to ship my GTX 770 from the US because its cheaper!
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June 3, 2014 7:47:39 AM

Mac266 said:
Do you want one from Aus shops? I live in NSW, but im going to ship my GTX 770 from the US because its cheaper!


hey if its cheaper im a fan
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