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Graphics Card Upgrade (Suggestions?)
Videocard: ASUS GTX 970
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Question Graphics Card Upgrade (Suggestions?) - 06-18-2014, 11:56 | posts: 13

I am looking for a few suggestions please...

I have been doing a little bit of homework on my next video card and I have come up with the GTX770, R9 280x/290. Historically I have always gone towards NVIDIA but I am open to buying the AMD equivalent. So my question is are the models above a good buy?

My other concern is I have a Corsair CX500M power supply and I am unsure if I will have sufficient power for the upgrade?

Your suggestions are really appreciated!

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Videocard: AMD R9 290
Processor: Intel Core i5 4570
Mainboard: Asrock B85 Killer
Memory: G Skill Rip Jaw 8GB
PSU: Cooler Master 700W
Default 06-18-2014, 20:06 | posts: 15 | Location: Bangladesh

A 2 GB GTX 770 isn't even recommended for present time; let alone near future. Watch Dogs Ultra texture requires 3 gb vram minimum. My recommendation; go for the r9 290 for now. And add a 2nd one later. I don't think your current psu can manage a single r9 290; even it manages; there will be little headroom. Buy a new one. And if you wish to cf later, be sure to buy a minimum 800 watt.
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Videocard: R9 280X Vapor-X
Processor: Intel i5 @ 4.8Ghz-1.38v
Mainboard: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P
Memory: HyperX 16GB @ 2133Mhz
Soundcard: Realtek onboard
PSU: Tt ToughpowerXT 775W
Default 06-19-2014, 00:53 | posts: 9,667 | Location: Serbia, NS

What about R9 280 (non X) it costs only 250$ and you easy overlock it to 280X levels. Decent GPU with 3GB vram, very capable at 1080p.
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Videocard: EVGA 780 Classified
Processor: Core i7 4770K 4.4GHz
Mainboard: ASUS M6H z87
Memory: Corsair Pt. 8GB 1866MHz
Soundcard: SupremeFX
PSU: Corsair AX850
Default 06-19-2014, 10:28 | posts: 2,579 | Location: canada

Honestly, I'd replace the PSU with a quality 600w - 650w first (if staying single card), 1000w for multi GPU.

From the listed options I'd go with the 290 or see if you can swing for a 780, but that also depends on monitor resolution, preferred settings, and more specifically the games you're interested in.

You'd also get a nice performance boost clocking your CPU up to 4.5ghz.
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Videocard: Club 3D HD 7950
Processor: Intel Core i5 3570k
Mainboard: Asrock extreme4 z77
Memory: Gskill 8gb 1866
Soundcard: onboard with logitech 2.1
PSU: Corsair tx750w v2
Default 06-19-2014, 19:45 | posts: 31 | Location: Germany

I would say keep your current psu if you go for r9 280or 280x, it will be enough for that gpu. Idk if the 290 is more powerhungry than the 280x, if in case needs more power than 280x than you are gone be forced to upgrade the psu too. Chears
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Processor: Core i7 4770k@ 4.0Ghz
Mainboard: ASUS Z87-A
Memory: Kingston Hyperx 4x4GB
Soundcard: Creative Sound Blaster Z
Default 06-19-2014, 20:37 | posts: 24 | Location: Finland

go with the 750 ti if it's enough for you
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PSU: Thermaltake 650 Watt
Default 06-20-2014, 20:09 | posts: 225 | Location: Canada

Have you considered the 6GB 780, I think it probably delivers the most bang for the buck and with so many devs favoring Nvidia and the fact that not many games are supporting Mantle API I would go with an Nvidia card, the 6GB 780 is my next buy.
As for your PSU, you might want to bump it up to at least 600, 700 suggested, although a 780 is very efficient and can run on 480 it would still be good to have some extra power for OCing and other devices you may have.
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