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XFX Double D R9 280x

Mack7mle 572 146 September 13, 2015 at 05:40 AM
quick question....looking at a XFX Double D R9 280x on ebay....it's going for less than $180, is that a good price for one or should I shop around.

a little more info on why I'm asking this question. I want to get in to pc gaming, at first I put off by the amount of money needed to do so, I was told that I could get into pc gaming for around the same amount of money that I spent on current gen consoles.

I been thinking about getting a 750 ti instead.

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$180 new from a reputable seller seems like a decent deal to me.

The 750 Ti is a good card if you're looking to make a low power / small form factor system, but you're giving up quite a bit in terms of power. The 280X has about twice the power: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/pr...30?vs=1041, for less than twice the price. It's also worth noting that AMD's architecture is showing some big wins with DirectX 12 (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/201...or-nvidia/), although this is just one game, so take it with a grain of salt.

When you say getting into PC gaming for the price of a console, does that mean you're looking a total budget of $300-$400 for an entire system, or do you have a system now that you're looking to upgrade for that price?
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I have a 750 in an older Core 2 Quad build ($100 now). Depending on what games and what output source you're trying to play on (pc monitor vs large TV), the 750 performs respectably. The main drawback is that it's still weaker than most Dx11 compliant cards out there - you'll sometimes have to give up on playing on ultra/high, but that's not a problem on a 24" monitor. So, a 750 in a $300 - $450 build would make sense. If you're already thinking about spending $600 - $800 on this, then perhaps go with something better.

On price, seen several deals for the 280x for $180 AR. I'd encourage you to look at all available graphic card deals when the time comes to buy though. You might very well see another card going for cheaper - can't really say $180 is a slickdeal, but its a good price.
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$180 new from a reputable seller seems like a decent deal to me.

The 750 Ti is a good card if you're looking to make a low power / small form factor system, but you're giving up quite a bit in terms of power. The 280X has about twice the power: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/pr...30?vs=1041, for less than twice the price. It's also worth noting that AMD's architecture is showing some big wins with DirectX 12 (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/201...or-nvidia/), although this is just one game, so take it with a grain of salt.

When you say getting into PC gaming for the price of a console, does that mean you're looking a total budget of $300-$400 for an entire system, or do you have a system now that you're looking to upgrade for that price?
Yeah basically I was going to do a upgrade of the system already have, but was trying to do it on a budget....I'm not looking to spend $300+ on a graphics card....

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I have a 750 in an older Core 2 Quad build ($100 now). Depending on what games and what output source you're trying to play on (pc monitor vs large TV), the 750 performs respectably. The main drawback is that it's still weaker than most Dx11 compliant cards out there - you'll sometimes have to give up on playing on ultra/high, but that's not a problem on a 24" monitor. So, a 750 in a $300 - $450 build would make sense. If you're already thinking about spending $600 - $800 on this, then perhaps go with something better.

On price, seen several deals for the 280x for $180 AR. I'd encourage you to look at all available graphic card deals when the time comes to buy though. You might very well see another card going for cheaper - can't really say $180 is a slickdeal, but its a good price.
the main reason I was going to go with the 280x over the 750 ti was because it seemed that the 280x would give me the ability to run future game on higher settings in the long run that the 750 ti for only about $40 more....also the 280x was $180 shipped, no rebate....
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Mack7mle, completely agree that you should go with a better card than the 750 ti - it's only really a great find if you don't want to spend too much without giving yourself too bad of a gaming handicap, but if you're trying to do this right, something more powerful is encouraged. The minimum requirement for Witcher 3 for instance is a GTX 660 GTX 660 [gpuboss.com], so you're technically right that future games might exclude you if you got the 750. That said, people still play Witcher 3 on using the card (requirements are always overstated).
Happy hunting
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