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June 4, 2014 3:43:55 PM

So, I got 7870 right now but a buddy wants to buy it so I may need a new card. I got a 500 PSU so i may have to upgrade that. What would yall say is the best bet. I play games like DayZ, Arma 3, Sins of Solar Empire ect.

Specs:
i5-3570k
8GB of Vengance ram.
500watt Corsair PSU
Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Case

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a b U Graphics card
June 4, 2014 3:56:19 PM

GTX 770. If you have to give up some for a better PSU, then go with a 280x and a quality PSU. Better to have a stronger PSU power your system than having a piece of crap that can take it all down.
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June 4, 2014 4:10:44 PM

In that budget range the ASUS R9 280X DCUII http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FT2S4BG gets my vote. The R9 280X is a 384-bit graphics card compared to the 770 only being a 256-bit graphics card which limits the 770 to only 2GB of utilizable VRAM.

The R9 280X also comes with 3GB VRAM which is the perfect amount to never run out at 1080p and the ASUS DCUII is the most efficient cooler as well as having the best custom PCB on the market. I've had the ASUS R9 280X DCUII and can vouch for it's performance. It's also a beast of an overclocker if you plan to OC any.
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June 4, 2014 4:15:51 PM

BerganTead1 said:
In that budget range the ASUS R9 280X DCUII http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FT2S4BG gets my vote. The R9 280X is a 384-bit graphics card compared to the 770 only being a 256-bit graphics card which limits the 770 to only 2GB of utilizable VRAM.

The R9 280X also comes with 3GB VRAM which is the perfect amount to never run out at 1080p and the ASUS DCUII is the most efficient cooler as well as having the best custom PCB on the market. I've had the ASUS R9 280X DCUII and can vouch for it's performance. It's also a beast of an overclocker if you plan to OC any.


Quick question, I have heard that the Asus r9 280x has had many artifacting issues, like polygons that are not meant to be there and random lines, but have you ran into any issues like that while gaming? Is the card great, or should someone buy the Sapphire Vapor-X 280x instead?
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June 4, 2014 6:47:58 PM

CondemnedShadow said:
BerganTead1 said:
In that budget range the ASUS R9 280X DCUII http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FT2S4BG gets my vote. The R9 280X is a 384-bit graphics card compared to the 770 only being a 256-bit graphics card which limits the 770 to only 2GB of utilizable VRAM.

The R9 280X also comes with 3GB VRAM which is the perfect amount to never run out at 1080p and the ASUS DCUII is the most efficient cooler as well as having the best custom PCB on the market. I've had the ASUS R9 280X DCUII and can vouch for it's performance. It's also a beast of an overclocker if you plan to OC any.


Quick question, I have heard that the Asus r9 280x has had many artifacting issues, like polygons that are not meant to be there and random lines, but have you ran into any issues like that while gaming? Is the card great, or should someone buy the Sapphire Vapor-X 280x instead?


I've not had any of those issues and I've heard that anyone that has can just get the new firmware and they are gone. The Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IPZW686 would also be a solid choice and also at the top of my list.
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June 4, 2014 10:08:13 PM

Well the 280x on Arma 3 seems to only get 10 frames higher on the FPS. Not sure if its worth the money to only get that much of an advantage.
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June 5, 2014 8:01:02 AM

I could OC my card now. Its made to OC. So what should I expect from a new card. Am i gonna get a massive FPS jump or just a little.
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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2014 10:11:53 AM

Well, 10 fps is quite a bit and you can always OC the new card as well. It's really up to you whether it's worth it or not.

Don't forget you can always sell your current card for some cash.
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June 5, 2014 3:33:26 PM

My buddy wants to buy my card.
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a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2014 5:42:06 PM

Go for it then!
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June 5, 2014 9:12:27 PM

Well i may wait tell $300 gets me more of a jump in FPS
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June 6, 2014 3:25:51 PM

If ten FPS boost is not a good enough for you, you will have to spend more money or just stick with the framerates you have right now. Just a tip: if your FPS is above thirty, it is playable, you don't need a solid 60 FPS.
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June 6, 2014 7:10:14 PM

CondemnedShadow said:
If ten FPS boost is not a good enough for you, you will have to spend more money or just stick with the framerates you have right now. Just a tip: if your FPS is above thirty, it is playable, you don't need a solid 60 FPS.


10 fps is a good boost but in 6 months $300 or 400 may get me a 20 or 30 FPS boost.
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June 7, 2014 10:36:08 AM

Pyrofan said:
CondemnedShadow said:
If ten FPS boost is not a good enough for you, you will have to spend more money or just stick with the framerates you have right now. Just a tip: if your FPS is above thirty, it is playable, you don't need a solid 60 FPS.


10 fps is a good boost but in 6 months $300 or 400 may get me a 20 or 30 FPS boost.


Then do what you want because it is your system not mine. Wait or don't do anything, it is your call.
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June 7, 2014 2:05:08 PM

CondemnedShadow said:
Pyrofan said:
CondemnedShadow said:
If ten FPS boost is not a good enough for you, you will have to spend more money or just stick with the framerates you have right now. Just a tip: if your FPS is above thirty, it is playable, you don't need a solid 60 FPS.


10 fps is a good boost but in 6 months $300 or 400 may get me a 20 or 30 FPS boost.


Then do what you want because it is your system not mine. Wait or don't do anything, it is your call.

Thats the thing, I dont wanna make the wrong decision. I could splurge and get like a 780 or 290x but I dont wanna buy that now then in a year have to get new card cause the card i got is to weak.
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a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2014 2:28:03 PM

Sometimes, you gotta settle. If you keep thinking like that, it might turn from 20-30 to 30-40 and then 40-50. I mean it's different for everyone. But, if you want to wait 6 months for a possible 20-30 fps gain for 300-400$ range, then it never hurts to wait for it.

If you want the card now for the immediate boost the 780/290x are still good choices regardless. They're a bit overkill for 1080p gaming as is. you might be able to keep the card around for quite a while, though as newer games have higher requirements, you might need to compensate with lowering graphics and what not.

It's still your choice to wait like everyone says.
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June 7, 2014 6:36:58 PM

Calnin said:
Sometimes, you gotta settle. If you keep thinking like that, it might turn from 20-30 to 30-40 and then 40-50. I mean it's different for everyone. But, if you want to wait 6 months for a possible 20-30 fps gain for 300-400$ range, then it never hurts to wait for it.

If you want the card now for the immediate boost the 780/290x are still good choices regardless. They're a bit overkill for 1080p gaming as is. you might be able to keep the card around for quite a while, though as newer games have higher requirements, you might need to compensate with lowering graphics and what not.

It's still your choice to wait like everyone says.


Hmmm. IF i got a 780/290X, how "future proof" would it be?
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a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2014 7:27:53 PM

It can last you probably 4 years if you're willing to compensate on the game settings as the requirements for maxing out for decent frame rates goes up. But for maxing out entirely for future games at 1080p, it's really hard to tell. I can say for the current games, you should be able to max out and have playable frame rates.
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June 8, 2014 10:26:34 AM

Calnin said:
It can last you probably 4 years if you're willing to compensate on the game settings as the requirements for maxing out for decent frame rates goes up. But for maxing out entirely for future games at 1080p, it's really hard to tell. I can say for the current games, you should be able to max out and have playable frame rates.

OK, yea I was looking at ARMA 3 benchmarks and wasnt impressed then I remembered how bad the ARMA 3 engine was. So how big of a PSU would I need for a 780/290X


EDIT: Well im torn between a 290X/780. 290X is more $$$ and is apparently louder. Why cant PC parts be cut and dry.
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a b U Graphics card
June 8, 2014 10:59:02 AM

The 290x is stronger than the 780, if you get a card with an aftermarket cooler it should be a lot quieter than the reference cooler. They're both kind of overkill for 1080p gaming, so either one would work.

Answering the PSU question, a quality 550-650w would be enough for those cards.
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June 8, 2014 12:22:20 PM

Calnin said:
The 290x is stronger than the 780, if you get a card with an aftermarket cooler it should be a lot quieter than the reference cooler. They're both kind of overkill for 1080p gaming, so either one would work.

Answering the PSU question, a quality 550-650w would be enough for those cards.


Ok so im thinking the 290X with 600W PSU

Here are the ones im thinking about these two cause their the cheapest.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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June 8, 2014 7:12:07 PM

Anyone else?
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June 8, 2014 7:39:59 PM

I would recommend a Asus Direct CUII model, or a Sapphire Toxic edition. Both are fantastic companies and they are the two best models in my opinion. Can't go wrong with MSI either. Also if money turns out to be a problem, the r9 290 is a great choice for 1080p gaming as well.
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June 8, 2014 9:18:17 PM

CondemnedShadow said:
I would recommend a Asus Direct CUII model, or a Sapphire Toxic edition. Both are fantastic companies and they are the two best models in my opinion. Can't go wrong with MSI either. Also if money turns out to be a problem, the r9 290 is a great choice for 1080p gaming as well.

Links? What would be the difference between the 290X and 290?
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a b U Graphics card
June 8, 2014 10:18:25 PM

The 290 has less stream processors than the 290x. It's still a card that you can play every game on ultra at a good frame rate though.
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June 8, 2014 10:56:39 PM

Calnin said:
The 290 has less stream processors than the 290x. It's still a card that you can play every game on ultra at a good frame rate though.


Yea, Im leaning towards the 290 now. For the price difference the FPS boost is minimal. Would the 290 run a 500 watt PSU or does it need a 550-600?
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a b U Graphics card
June 8, 2014 11:02:46 PM

A quality 550w would probably be needed at least. Most of the higher end graphics card would probably be a good idea to get a new higher quality PSU also. The best upgrade for your system with that psu would probably be a r9 280 or a gtx 760 to prevent too much stress on your psu, I'd imagine, I could be wrong on that. But I'm thinking that anything above that would be a bit stressful on the PSU.
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June 9, 2014 12:26:07 AM

Calnin said:
A quality 550w would probably be needed at least. Most of the higher end graphics card would probably be a good idea to get a new higher quality PSU also. The best upgrade for your system with that psu would probably be a r9 280 or a gtx 760 to prevent too much stress on your psu, I'd imagine, I could be wrong on that. But I'm thinking that anything above that would be a bit stressful on the PSU.


+1
agreed, your psu cant handle anything over a 280, maybe a 770 but that's still pushing it
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June 9, 2014 8:37:31 AM

Calnin said:
A quality 550w would probably be needed at least. Most of the higher end graphics card would probably be a good idea to get a new higher quality PSU also. The best upgrade for your system with that psu would probably be a r9 280 or a gtx 760 to prevent too much stress on your psu, I'd imagine, I could be wrong on that. But I'm thinking that anything above that would be a bit stressful on the PSU.

Ok Ill grab a 600-700 watt PSU
Shasha23 said:
Calnin said:
A quality 550w would probably be needed at least. Most of the higher end graphics card would probably be a good idea to get a new higher quality PSU also. The best upgrade for your system with that psu would probably be a r9 280 or a gtx 760 to prevent too much stress on your psu, I'd imagine, I could be wrong on that. But I'm thinking that anything above that would be a bit stressful on the PSU.


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agreed, your psu cant handle anything over a 280, maybe a 770 but that's still pushing it


Well 290 and 600 or 700 watt PSU it is.

EDIT: Getting the ASUS 290 and a 700 watt PSU
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June 10, 2014 3:44:46 PM

So, I was gonna get a ASUS 290 but read about the heat pipes and VRM problems and that steered me away. Im now leaning towards the XFX or the Powercolor PCS+. The Lifetime warranty appeals to me but the Powercolor runs cooler. Im hoping that in my massive HAF 932 advanced case, any card should run cool. It says it needs a 750 watt PSU. It that true?
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a b U Graphics card
June 10, 2014 6:16:41 PM

If you're using a lesser quality one, most likely, if not, an even higher rated one.

Get a high quality psu now so you don't have to worry about it later. A XFX 550w bronze would do just fine.

Lower quality psus can lead to more problems later down the line anyways.
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