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GTX 780, 780ti SLI or r9 290, r9 290x CF or wait for GTX 8xx Series for 4k gaming

Hello all,

I am currently considering upgrading my current gaming rig...

It consists of the following:

AMD FX 8350 8 Core processor @ 4.3 GHz
Cooled with Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler System
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 3GB OC
OCZ Vertex 2 115GB SSD (For the OS; I run Windows 7 Ultimate.)
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 3 (Main drive.)
Corsair TX750 (750 watt power supply)

Down to what the topic describes.

I have plans to upgrade the GPU portion of this rig. I have been looking through a couple from both Nvidia and AMD; both very good cannidates. Now I have usually sway more towards ATI/AMD over the years, but as the line between the two becomes hazy, I think it comes down to what can I expect for my dollar.

Speaking of money; my budget is rather high, but variable. Could range from $1500 to $2000. And before anyone mentions it; the r9 295x2 is out of the question for financial reasons (unless there will be a price drop and I do not foresee that... Granted at $1500, it is a HELL of a lot better than Nvidia's Titan Z, but I do not feel like going there.)

I am also aware that my PSU will need to be upgraded, as to what flavor I need, I am unsure of.

So the bottom line; I have 4 (5) choices...

GTX 780 SLI
GTX 780 ti SLI
r9 290 CF
r9 290x CF

Or wait for GTX 8xx series (whenever Nvidia gets around to releasing them...)

As the title also suggests; I plan on going into 4k gaming. The monitor I have decided on is the following:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IEZGWI2/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=18OD7WV01PKO2&coliid=I3CBCW53O8K11N

One more variable I forgot to mention; it could be a couple of months before I have the appropriate funding, so please, bare that in mind in your responses.

Benchmarks are always welcome. :)
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  1. I would say that at this point in time go with the r9 290x crossfire setup as it will perform best, but in a few months time, assuming nvidia release the 800 series cards soon, they should be a fair bit better than any of the above options assuming they aren't priced out of competition
  2. If it was me I would wait for next gen GPU's. At 4K I am not that impressed with the benchmarks I have seen for Sli or Crossfire, if I go 4k I want to max all settings and get a minimum of 60fps which doesn't seem possible. I am hoping next gen GPU's are better suited to 4k.

    This is just my opinion.
  3. I Agree with the first, the R9 290/x have a 512bit memory bus and 4GB of Vram and thus should perform best at higher resolutions. The 780's have 384bit bus and 3GB of Vram, also the GTX 780ti is so overpriced it should be shunned as a matter of pinciple.
    But I would wait for the 800 Series and see.
  4. ImperialistMillitant said:
    I Agree with the first, the R9 290/x have a 512bit memory bus and 4GB of Vram and thus should perform best at higher resolutions. The 780's have 384bit bus and 3GB of Vram, also the GTX 780ti is so overpriced it should be shunned as a matter of pinciple.
    But I would wait for the 800 Series and see.


    This, but I would seriously consider CF 290's as well. Price/performance.
  5. Well, I see two sides of a coin here. On a hand you get with AMD cards what Imperialist said, more vram and more memory bus, which is good for higher res, but on the other even though it's pricey, you get physix with Nvidia cards, which at least for me is important. I'd personally go with 780ti SLI, wouldn't wait for series 8. It's already powerfull, and if you want to experience really high and steady 60 fps while playing 4k, I think we'll still need to wait for another whole generation. By the way, have you by any chance used a 4k monitor? Windows UI scale is damn terrible. Prepare your guts for tiny words.
  6. bear in mind evga are going to release a 6gb 780 ti
  7. legend001523 said:
    bear in mind evga are going to release a 6gb 780 ti


    Is there a confirmed street date for this? As well as legitimate articles that pertain to this? If so; I would be highly interested in this.
  8. Bangoros said:
    legend001523 said:
    bear in mind evga are going to release a 6gb 780 ti


    Is there a confirmed street date for this? As well as legitimate articles that pertain to this? If so; I would be highly interested in this.



    http://forums.evga.com/Nvidia-is-Preparing-the-Much-Awaited-GTX-780-Ti-6GB-Edition-for-Launch-m2091799.aspx

    This kinda backs it up, most people would estimate that only after the 800series have been launched will a 6gb edition be available or the new titan has launched, that nvidia will let manufacturer's produce 6gb cards, I think that was also case with 780's, only after the titan was launched was the 780 allowed to have 6gb of vram,
  9. legend001523 said:
    Bangoros said:
    legend001523 said:
    bear in mind evga are going to release a 6gb 780 ti


    Is there a confirmed street date for this? As well as legitimate articles that pertain to this? If so; I would be highly interested in this.



    http://forums.evga.com/Nvidia-is-Preparing-the-Much-Awaited-GTX-780-Ti-6GB-Edition-for-Launch-m2091799.aspx

    This kinda backs it up, most people would estimate that only after the 800series have been launched will a 6gb edition be available or the new titan has launched, that nvidia will let manufacturer's produce 6gb cards, I think that was also case with 780's, only after the titan was launched was the 780 allowed to have 6gb of vram,


    Higher resolutions require higher VRAM on the GPU, correct? Enlighten me if I am wrong.
  10. yes, you are correct, so does multiple monitors
  11. Though at this point it how much of that ram can be utilized.
    There is a 8gb Sapphire Toxic also coming out.
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7860/cebit-2014-sapphire-shows-two-r9-290x-8gb-gddr5-gpus
  12. I thought it was already out? i can get it in the UK for 1000gpb
  13. Yup, in the UK. Not in the states yet.
  14. Ahhhh, finally something that people live in Britain get before the States ;) though for the price, i can get a sli 780 Ti Galaxy HOF
  15. My biggest fear with this build is that if I get a card, a few weeks or possibly months down the road, the same card is no longer available due to the fact that a new series has been released and production of the previous series will discontinue. That is one variable I failed to mention; that I will not be able to purchase two cards at once. So a single card solution (which I read is the preferred) maybe what I end up with unless I purchase the monitor later. (I have not purchased the monitor yet.)
  16. Then go for a 780 Ti, or better yet, wait for the 800 series to come out
  17. Best answer
    Future cards from both nvidia and AMD will get better at handling 4k gaming.
    The best card presently is the 295x2.
    If you are basing this build on 4k gaming, I would recommend waiting for the next gen cards from both makers.
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