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Is it worth it to upgrade from an EVGA GTX 770 2GB SC ACX to a Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X OC 4GB?

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June 24, 2014 5:33:27 AM

I have an EVGA GTX 770 SC ACX and am thinking of selling it to buy a Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X OC.

Tigerdirect has a killer deal right now for $380 - it actually comes with a 750W PSU which I will not be using so I can sell that as well to recoup some money.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Anyway, I have checked several benchmarks and it seems to be that the Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X outperforms my current card. However, I have also read that the increase in performance will not be noticeable with single monitor 1080p gaming.

My question comes down to this - I will likely make around $270-$300 on eBay for the GTX 770 (which would be around a $100 or less loss for what I paid for the GTX 770) so I will be paying around $80-$100 for the new R9 290 tri-x. After selling the PSU for around $50-$60 I will end up coming out relatively even. I can also sell the 3 games that come with the GPU so it may end up costing me nothing. So, after all of this is said and done, is the upgrade worth it for single monitor 1080p gaming? I plan on buying a 4k monitor within the next year and eventually doing crossfire with two R9 290's in two years time.

I have one more miscellaneous question - will my current PSU power the R9-290 sufficiently?

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-caps...

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June 24, 2014 7:11:45 AM

Well, in the process you'll lose your PhysX, Adaptive VSync, FXAA, TXAA, HBAO+, Geforce Experience, Shadowplay, etc. and most-importantly, Nvidia driver support.
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June 24, 2014 7:19:26 AM

The performance upgrade will be small and that PSU is not exactly top of the line, I'd wait until later this year before making any decisions: Nvidia should finally release their next gen Maxwell high end GPUs by Q4 and if they're anything like the revelation the GTX750 has been they'll be worth the wait.
And yes, the Capstone is good enough, no need to change it whatever you decide to do.
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June 24, 2014 7:58:03 AM

17seconds said:
Well, in the process you'll lose your PhysX, Adaptive VSync, FXAA, TXAA, HBAO+, Geforce Experience, Shadowplay, etc. and most-importantly, Nvidia driver support.


Wow! I did not know that. This pretty much decides things for me. Thanks!
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June 24, 2014 8:00:02 AM

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The performance upgrade will be small and that PSU is not exactly top of the line, I'd wait until later this year before making any decisions: Nvidia should finally release their next gen Maxwell high end GPUs by Q4 and if they're anything like the revelation the GTX750 has been they'll be worth the wait.
And yes, the Capstone is good enough, no need to change it whatever you decide to do.


Thank you! I suppose I could hold out for an upgrade around Spring 2015 - by then the next gen Maxwell GPU's should reach at a reasonable price and there should be some great 3rd part superclocked options.
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June 24, 2014 1:46:50 PM

That would be my plan if I were you. Rumor is that the new Maxwells will be cheaper than their Kepler counterparts.
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August 27, 2014 10:12:17 AM

Gtx 770

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Oops accidentally published in the comment section, meant to do a search on gtx 770. Please ignore. Sorry!
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