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Need best possible video card for my Phenom 2 X4 955 BE. Please suggest!!

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July 16, 2014 9:06:25 AM

I can shell out max $250. I am currently running my Phenom (oc'd to 3.8 GHz) with Radeon 3000 graphics (integrated) on
550W 80+ Certified PSU. And I have no intention of changing my cpu.

I am thinking about buying MSI R9 280 Gaming 3GB. Is this a good choice?
I am aware that there will be some bottleneck by my current CPU with R9 280, but if the fps stay above 60 in all recent games with this
pairing then I have no qualms about it.

Please help me choose suitable gpu for my processor. If anyone is running this cpu with R9 280 or similar gpu, please come forward and
share your gaming experience. Otherwise, any kind of help will be greatly appreciated.

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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2014 9:12:51 AM

If gaming at 1080P go for the R9 280 for sure!
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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2014 9:14:24 AM

especially since it is 3gb
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July 16, 2014 9:22:10 AM

delellod123 said:
If gaming at 1080P go for the R9 280 for sure!


Yes I will be gaming at 1080p most of the time. May lower to 900p to max out games like crysis 3, metro, modded skyrim with enb etc.
But above all, I am worried about one thing - will I be able to get constant 60 fps at high/ultra settings in 2013/2014 game titles with my phenom and r9 280?
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July 16, 2014 9:24:44 AM

GIGABYTE R9 280X OC VERSION :) 
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July 16, 2014 9:35:33 AM

rcfaro said:
GIGABYTE R9 280X OC VERSION :) 


Yes I am definitely in favor of r9 280/280X cards, but my main concern is - will there be any noticeable bottleneck/fps dips if I run phenom 2 x4 955 with r9 280/280X? The sort of which can ruin my gaming experience, like frequent fps dips to 10 or 20 fps, constant stuttering etc.
I hope I made my point clear enough this time. Sorry for my bad english.
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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2014 9:37:13 AM

you should be fine at 1080P. Guess it depends on game and your settings
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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2014 9:39:49 AM

you should get good frame rates, but will defiantly experience dips and below 60 in some games. That is inherent of a single GPU. Even an r9 290x will have dips and miss the 60fps mark in some games. Your gpu will likely bottleneck before your cpu does.
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July 16, 2014 9:43:33 AM

delellod123 said:
you should get good frame rates, but will defiantly experience dips and below 60 in some games. That is inherent of a single GPU. Even an r9 290x will have dips and miss the 60fps mark in some games. Your gpu will likely bottleneck before your cpu does.


Which build do you use for gaming, I mean pc components, cpu and gpu?
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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2014 10:14:27 AM

intel 3820, 2 660ti, 32 gb ram (2000 oc), ssd, 1000 watt ocz lightning psu.
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