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I need help deciding on what graphics card I should buy.

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June 30, 2014 5:09:25 AM

These are my specs:
PSU: 750W Antec True Power Classic - 80 Plus Gold
CPU: i7 4790
Motherboard: GA-Z97-HD3
RAM: 16GB DDR3

I'm willing to spend around 400-500 AUD on a graphics card, which one should I buy?
Thanks :) 
June 30, 2014 5:19:24 AM

What are you planning on doing? as far as the applications you'll use. Gaming or Editing?
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June 30, 2014 5:23:41 AM

pcbuilder1997 said:
What are you planning on doing? as far as the applications you'll use. Gaming or Editing?

Pretty much strictly gaming :p 
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June 30, 2014 5:24:33 AM

Eduello said:
The Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE should do pretty well on your system.


Running this card pretty much in the same machine (more ram, and different PSU)
He's right. it's a nice card (Go for the 290X version if you can ;) )
~J
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June 30, 2014 5:26:04 AM

Hectic123 said:
pcbuilder1997 said:
What are you planning on doing? as far as the applications you'll use. Gaming or Editing?

Pretty much strictly gaming :p 


The AMD cards are beautiful for DX11.2 apps. so are nVidia's cards. whatever you prefer really. I would use the AMD card simply because i have it and it works beautifully. :) 
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June 30, 2014 5:27:08 AM

pcbuilder1997 said:
Eduello said:
The Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE should do pretty well on your system.


Running this card pretty much in the same machine (more ram, and different PSU)
He's right. it's a nice card (Go for the 290X version if you can ;) )
~J


Do you think I'd be able to run games like Farcry 4 on high-ish settings with that card?
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June 30, 2014 5:32:55 AM

Hectic123 said:
pcbuilder1997 said:
Eduello said:
The Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE should do pretty well on your system.


Running this card pretty much in the same machine (more ram, and different PSU)
He's right. it's a nice card (Go for the 290X version if you can ;) )
~J


Do you think I'd be able to run games like Farcry 4 on high-ish settings with that card?

you must be jesting ;) 
OF COURSE! you will be able to max the game out with that card with no issues.
best of luck,
~J
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June 30, 2014 5:38:35 AM

I haven't had any, i have the 290X version of this card and the only heat it has emitted has been when i OC'd it to see what i could do lol.
I have the 280X, 280, and 270X versions of this card and they all perform very well.
Best of luck,
~J
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June 30, 2014 5:39:10 AM

pcbuilder1997 said:
I haven't had any, i have the 290X version of this card and the only heat it has emitted has been when i OC'd it to see what i could do lol.
I have the 280X, 280, and 270X versions of this card and they all perform very well.
Best of luck,
~J


Thank you :) 
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June 30, 2014 5:40:09 AM

Hectic123 said:
Eduello said:
The Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE should do pretty well on your system.


I've heard there have been heat problems with this card?


Those are with the reference model (the blower type cooler from AMD is absolutely horrible). The Gigabyte Windforce cooler should be able to cool that card easily.
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June 30, 2014 5:41:15 AM

Hectic123 said:
Eduello said:
The Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE should do pretty well on your system.


I've heard there have been heat problems with this card?



I've read about similar issues the the r9-280x Windforce edition. The secret to keeping GPUs cool is a case with a VGA side panel fan. Without that, your high-end GPU will run hot regardless!!

I personally would go with a SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100361-2SR Radeon R9 290X 4GB. And yes, you will literally max out all settings with your CPU and a r9-290x GPU. I mean all settings, 8x MSAA and x16 AF included! Happy gaming!
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June 30, 2014 5:45:35 AM

Eduello said:
Hectic123 said:
Eduello said:
The Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE should do pretty well on your system.


I've heard there have been heat problems with this card?


Those are with the reference model (the blower type cooler from AMD is absolutely horrible). The Gigabyte Windforce cooler should be able to cool that card easily.


This guy knows his stuff
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June 30, 2014 9:20:15 AM

Hectic123 said:
Eduello said:
The Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE should do pretty well on your system.


This or Geforce GTX 780
I prefer Nvidia slightly more... :3



Well the GTX 780 may be slightly more powerful, but it's not worth the 100 AUD more in my opinion.
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