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What graphics card(s) should I buy

gonepostl 4,095 338 August 3, 2015 at 11:40 PM
I'm not going to be 4k gaming in the next few years because I'm fine with 1080p. I use 4x anti aliasing, max out antistropic filtering and stuff like that. I'm thinking about buying two r9 290's and crossfiring them. I heard the new fury line from amd is more geared towards 4k gaming. And then there's nvidia and all the difference that comes from the gtx series. I'm not a fanboy so I'm open to nvidia cards even though they cost like 50 bucks more. I'm looking at too many aspects here, too many cards, and way too many configurations. I'm hoping somebody can elaberate on what cards I should get, and whether or not I should sli/crossfire. I got roughly an $800 budget here for video cards.

Please explain why though if you chime in why it's a better solution.

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What do you have now and what's your purchasing time frame, i.e., are you willing to wait 6 months?
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Holy shit 800 bucks budget on a graphic card? Buy me one -_-
Then you can buy 2 NVIDIA 970 SLI Smilie

Well, back to normal land.

The first thing we all would need to know is What else are you using your computer for?
Photoshop, design, 3D animation, or others?
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What do you have now and what's your purchasing time frame, i.e., are you willing to wait 6 months?
Yes I'm willing to wait 6 months. I currently have an r9 290. Thinking about buying another one and putting them in crossfire.

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Holy shit 800 bucks budget on a graphic card? Buy me one -_-
Then you can buy 2 NVIDIA 970 SLI Smilie

Well, back to normal land.

The first thing we all would need to know is What else are you using your computer for?
Photoshop, design, 3D animation, or others?
Just video games.
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If you have an r9 290, I dont see any reason to switch at this moment. That card is pretty capable of running ultra on many games. On top of that, Windows 10 just came out. The DirectX12 has just been release. There are rumor that DirectX12 will support VRAM Stacking. If the information is correct and the GPU manufacturers are willing to release driver to support such technology, it will be extremely beneficial. However, these are all speculations. Only time will tell, how DirectX12 will shape the landscape and how game developers will utilize in response. One things stand true is that graphic card has seen a dramatic improvement with the DirectX12.

Personally, I would wait on the game developer first before making any quick decisions.

But, if you really want to, I would suggest NVIDIA GTX 980 TI.
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I'm thinking about buying another r9 290 and putting it in crossfire. Bad idea? Good idea? How much of a performance increase should I generally expect?
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I'm thinking about buying another r9 290 and putting it in crossfire. Bad idea? Good idea? How much of a performance increase should I generally expect?
I'm the type of guy who believe that a single card is way better than CrossFire/SLI. There are those who prefer CrossFire/SLI. I would rather buy NVIDIA 980 TI on top of my old NVIDIA 780. Even though there are no dramatic increase in performance, I can still use my 780 to connect to my projector and run Physix. Personal preference

Now, two R9 290x was tested and out-perform a single 980Ti. (there was a test done on this, forgot where) So, if you were to buy another R9 290, I would imagine it would too. Might need to search that up.

But it is a good idea
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It depends on the game and whether you're GPU bound to begin with, but if you are GPU bound you can see a 60-80% improvement easily.

There are a lot of reviews out there that compare performance. http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pa...ks,18.html is one of them. Find the games and the settings you use for a clearer picture.

Edit: I should add that at 1080p you will often not be as GPU bound as you might think.
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Anything Nvidia. It seems more publishers are giving less care to AMD graphics and making games poorly optimized.
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If you have an r9 290, I dont see any reason to switch at this moment. That card is pretty capable of running ultra on many games. On top of that, Windows 10 just came out. The DirectX12 has just been release. There are rumor that DirectX12 will support VRAM Stacking. If the information is correct and the GPU manufacturers are willing to release driver to support such technology, it will be extremely beneficial. However, these are all speculations. Only time will tell, how DirectX12 will shape the landscape and how game developers will utilize in response. One things stand true is that graphic card has seen a dramatic improvement with the DirectX12.

Personally, I would wait on the game developer first before making any quick decisions.

But, if you really want to, I would suggest NVIDIA GTX 980 TI.
I'd have to echo this sentiment, particularly if you are gaming at 1080p. At that low of a res there's not much that you can't run decently on max or close to max settings. I also have a 290 and I'm waiting 6 months to see what the market looks like. Rumor has it that Nvidia will be introducing HBM in some form in their next gen. HBM should hopefully start to become commonplace and we should see some nice performance jumps.
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It depends on the game and whether you're GPU bound to begin with, but if you are GPU bound you can see a 60-80% improvement easily.

There are a lot of reviews out there that compare performance. http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pa...ks,18.html is one of them. Find the games and the settings you use for a clearer picture.

Edit: I should add that at 1080p you will often not be as GPU bound as you might think.
Oh wow, I didn't even think about that. I'll upgrade my i7-4770k. I'm thinking a i5-4690k. What do you think? Not powerful enough?
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Oh wow, I didn't even think about that. I'll upgrade my i7-4770k. I'm thinking a i5-4690k. What do you think? Not powerful enough?
Is that even an upgrade? The high end of CPUs has been disappointingly flat recently, what with the complete lack of competition from AMD and everyone focusing on mobile / low power. Here's the comparison: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/pr...36?vs=1261.

Based on those numbers, I'd call the 4770k the better of the two chips. They're about even for gaming, but the 4770k takes over in encoding/processing benchmarks where the hyperthreading starts to pay off.

I realize you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket right now, but to be quite honest, you're in a pretty good position. I'd sit tight until there's a specific game that your system can't handle as well as you want, then start looking at benchmarks to figure out what you need to upgrade.
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I'm thinkin a SLI of two Asus Strix 980 TI cards. Or maybe just one single asus strix 980. I dunno. I play games in 3D so it requires A LOT of gpu and cpu. Gonna get an oculus rift when it comes out too.
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I'm thinkin a SLI of two Asus Strix 980 TI cards. Or maybe just one single asus strix 980. I dunno. I play games in 3D so it requires A LOT of gpu and cpu. Gonna get an oculus rift when it comes out too.
Just wait 6 months before you flush money down the toilet. The last thing you want is a brand new setup that is already obsolete. You're basically creating a solution in search of a problem, instead of doing it the right way around, solving a problem with a solution.

The rift is still a ways away, slated for Q1 2016. This is an eternity in GPU time. Once it is out and you have it in hand then you can reconsider an upgrade.
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