Need help/input on a new graphics card, thank you in advance.

Hi, i'm new to the forum and have been trying to look for information that would help me decide but I still cannot, so I figured i would ask here. My current PC specs are as follows:

Motherboard- MSI MS-7758
CPU- Intel I5-3570k @3.4 GHZ.
Ram- 8GB (Cannot remember brand I have and am too lazy at the moment to open my computer)
GPU- Geforce GTX 650TI (1GB, non boost)
PSU- 500-600W (Again cannot remember, but I have a feeling it is 500)

The graphics cards I have been looking at are:

MSI r9 280x -

Sapphire toxic r9 280x -

and finally the EVGA gtx 770 superclocked -

I'm leaning towards the MSI r9 280x because it is a good card apparently, it is on sale and is a 3GB card. Only thing I have heard about those is fan problems. GTX 770 would be more reliable i'm sure but it is also more expensive. The toxic I've heard is of better build quality, but I am not familiar with them. There are also a few others on sale that I haven't looked to extensively into, if anyone has heard good or bad about them that would be helpful.

Asus r9 280x -

XFX r9 280x -

To my knowledge the GTX 770 and R9 280x are in the same league trading blows depending on which game is being played. The game that I play the most is Battlefield 3/4, and other games on and off such as Metro franchise, Hitman, Tomb Raider. Elder scrolls online. I'd like to be able to play Battlefield on ultra 1080p and have heard those cards can do it. My concern is that my CPU/Mobo may bottleneck it, I'm sure my PSU will, but i'm willing to upgrade that. I'm no good at determining that kind of stuff so I figured if some kind folk would do it for me, haha. Hopefully someone can help and thanks in advance to everyone that replies.
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  1. For AMD Graphics cards, the two big brands are Sapphire and XFX. They specialize in AMD graphics cards. The GTX 770 is a little overpriced right now for the performance. I would recommend the Sapphire R9-280.

    There should not be any bottlenecking with that CPU at all.
  2. It is recommended to have at least a 750w PSU for a 280x. Of course that's overkill, but I don't think 500w is going to cut it. 770's recommend a 650w psu, but I wouldn't go under 600w for that. Pretending that you have an adequate PSU, the 770 and the 280x have sumilar performance for a similar price. About the cards that you haven't looked much at, I have the Asus 280x, and I love it. I don't know about the XFX one, though. Last, your CPU/Mobo shouldn't bottleneck the GPU
  3. Yes, you would have to upgrade the power supply.
  4. I have the EVGA SC GTX770 4GB version of the card and love it! Either way though you can't go wrong with either card, but your PSU will not cut it.

    Though get the card from amazon and it will be $100 cheeper then tiger direct. Not sure if Amazon ships to your location though.
  5. The R9-280X has a system requirement of "750W (or greater) power supply with one 150W 8-pin and one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector recommended". I would recommend a Seasonic, XFX,or Antec power supply in the 750 -850 watt range.

    SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM2 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Full-modular Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready $99.99

    XFX P1-750B-BEFX 750W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply $109.99
  6. Thank you for all the replies, I appreciate it. To jtledoux. Sadly they do not ship to Canada and the 770's are a heck of a lot more expensive up here. (Most graphics cards are really) so that will probably be out of the question, that's the only thing holding me back on it. To terry and freeracercolin. Have either of you heard anything or have first hand experience with any fan problems on the Asus or sapphire cards?
  7. Best answer
    No, Asus has one of the best coolers for both AMD and Nvidia cards. Sapphire has probably the best coolers for AMD only manufacturers. The Sapphire Tiri - X and Vapor X are probably the best at tackling the R9-290 immense heat problems. The Asus cooler is great for most cards, but it is not the best cooler for the R9-290. I would recommend Sapphire for best cooling.
  8. Alright, sounds good to me. Thank you everyone for your help.
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