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August 19, 2014 1:25:29 PM

Alright, so my first is to try and figure out which kind of set up may be the best. I have a bit of knowledge in the GPU section, but with so many choices, it can be a burden to come up with a decision by yourself. New member to Toms by the way and is my first post. ;) 


So, for quite a while now I've been gaming with this set up:

AMD Radeon HD 2GB POWERCOLOR

AMD FX 8-core 8320 @ 3.5Ghz

ADATA 1333Mhz 16GB RAM

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Motherboard

500w PSU

V7 24 inch 1080p Monitor



I've been pondering several choices. Though I plan on keeping the 8320 AMD CPU for now, since it has been flawless all this time and has given me zero issues. Though may go for the 8350 in time. 1440p isn't something I'm looking at this year yet as well.

The main issue is my choices of GPU. Basically, I want something that will keep the majority of games above 55-60FPS+, though I realize not every game out there is going to and some are just not optimized that well in some cases to expect such results. So here is some choices I'm looking at:

1. AMD R9 290x Sapphire Vapor-X

2. AMD R9 290 Sapphire Vapor-X

3. EVGA GTX 780 Classified with ACX Cooler

4. EVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified with ACX Cooler


Also bare in mind, I'll be playing Sniper Elite games and such as well, using supersampling and the like (I like to make screenshot showcases, so I like a real nice quality image), but I like a lot of FPS as well. I'm spoiled with it.

And here's some other things I want to add as an upgrade, more or less this is more of asking for a lighter or general opinion about:


1. G. Skill Sniper series 16GB RAM 1866Mhz

2. G. Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB RAM 1866Mhz

3. Corsair HX Series 850w gold certified single 70A +12V rail


So this is my starting point. I'm not a fanboy of a company, so keep suggestions and opinions on other products if you have other ideas that could be useful to me. Bare in mind I'm not going to be doing any heavy encoding, heavy video stuff or anything as well.

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August 19, 2014 1:39:21 PM

The FX-8320 will not bottleneck neither of those cards.So you can choose whichever you want.
As for which one is better,there is no clear winner.The 780 Ti and the 780 have their pros and cons,while the R9 290X and the 290 have their pros and cons.
However,nVidia cards are slightly better when it comes to next-gen gaming.
As for the RAM,both are great quality.I would get the Sniper RAM,but it's all about personal preference.
Great choice of the PSU.Tier Two Class A from a trusted manufacturer,80+ Gold..Perfect. ;) 
All the best. :) 
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August 19, 2014 2:02:20 PM

LukaBoki said:
The FX-8320 will not bottleneck neither of those cards.So you can choose whichever you want.
As for which one is better,there is no clear winner.



Indeed. The 8320 is a fantastic CPU. And no clear winner is what makes it all the more difficult for me, sadly. ;) 


By slightly better, we talking maybe 5-10% better performance or a bit more?

And regarding more high AA such as Supersampling, in your opinion or by experience or knowledge will the R9 290 series or the GTX 780 be better at rendering such methods? I ask, because upon studying benchmarks sites and the like, one place will show a result, and another place will show something totally different. Because since I'm going to be using 1080p for some time longer, I'm not sure if a 5000+ Mhz effective memory clock against a 7000+ effective memory clock is even that noticeable on 1080p or not.

And if anybody is wondering why I'm looking at those types of cards. I do intend on going 1440p next year, so I just want to prepare myself for it. ;) 


and thank you Luka for your opinions. :) 
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August 19, 2014 2:14:51 PM

Smok3y-Bull3t said:
LukaBoki said:
The FX-8320 will not bottleneck neither of those cards.So you can choose whichever you want.
As for which one is better,there is no clear winner.



Indeed. The 8320 is a fantastic CPU. And no clear winner is what makes it all the more difficult for me, sadly. ;) 


By slightly better, we talking maybe 5-10% better performance or a bit more?

And regarding more high AA such as Supersampling, in your opinion or by experience or knowledge will the R9 290 series or the GTX 780 be better at rendering such methods? I ask, because upon studying benchmarks sites and the like, one place will show a result, and another place will show something totally different. Because since I'm going to be using 1080p for some time longer, I'm not sure if a 5000+ Mhz effective memory clock against a 7000+ effective memory clock is even that noticeable on 1080p or not.

And if anybody is wondering why I'm looking at those types of cards. I do intend on going 1440p next year, so I just want to prepare myself for it. ;) 


and thank you Luka for your opinions. :) 


By slightly better,I mean around 10% difference.But nVidia cards are better for rendering and AA and stuff like that. :p 
I would go with the 780 ot the 780 Ti.If you're more of an AMD cards guy,then definitely go for R9 290 or 290X.You won't regret buying them,they are also great cards. ;) 
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