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Which Graphics Card is Better, and will it fit inside my current case?

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July 15, 2014 6:04:48 PM

Ok, so i already know what i am going to upgrade my current Gaming Rig with in the near-future, but i would like to know which R9 280x GPU is better in terms of performance:

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

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

(XFX)
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-RADEON-1000MHz-Graphics-R9-28...

Which of these cards are the best, and can they fit inside my current case which is a Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid-Sized tower along with a new PSU and my current MSI 970A-G46 mobo?

The new PSU i am getting is an XFX TS Series 80+ Bronze 550w just FYI. I won't be overclocking so this will be fine (due to the responses i got from my previous question).

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July 15, 2014 6:09:36 PM

powercoler is clearly the best deal
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July 15, 2014 6:29:27 PM

no such thing as best, sorry. Sapphire cards tend to be in the top performers, and generally quieter than most, The Powercolor cards tend to be cheaper, top performers but somewhat louder than most, XFX usually slightly better than the Sapphire cards but also slightly louder, so... what is best is a non-answerable question. The best deal is Powercolor, best overall performance (for me anyways) Sapphire, just because I prefer quiet over better benchmarks and a few fps.

As far as psu goes, the 550w XFX is an outstanding deal and capable of powering a 280x easily, as its strong enough on output to be among a few <600w psu's capable of powering a 780ti with an OC cpu.
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July 15, 2014 7:04:31 PM

Karadjgne said:
no such thing as best, sorry. Sapphire cards tend to be in the top performers, and generally quieter than most, The Powercolor cards tend to be cheaper, top performers but somewhat louder than most, XFX usually slightly better than the Sapphire cards but also slightly louder, so... what is best is a non-answerable question. The best deal is Powercolor, best overall performance (for me anyways) Sapphire, just because I prefer quiet over better benchmarks and a few fps.

As far as psu goes, the 550w XFX is an outstanding deal and capable of powering a 280x easily, as its strong enough on output to be among a few <600w psu's capable of powering a 780ti with an OC cpu.


I am going to go with the XFX R9 280x since i mostly lean more towards better fps. I'm going to be playing games like BF3, BF4, Sniper Elite 3, Far Cry 3, Crysis 3 and possibly Arma 3. I will be playing those games in 1080p. My last question is if that card will fit in my mid-sized Tower?

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July 15, 2014 8:15:12 PM

amazon lists the card as 11.6 inches long, or 295mm. CoolerMaster states the 430 elite will support gpu's up to 315mm without removing the hdd bays (I would anyways, better airflow), so yes it will fit.
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July 15, 2014 9:01:25 PM

Karadjgne said:
amazon lists the card as 11.6 inches long, or 295mm. CoolerMaster states the 430 elite will support gpu's up to 315mm without removing the hdd bays (I would anyways, better airflow), so yes it will fit.


Alright then, thank you for you're help :D !

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