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Upgrading GPU to best my current system will allow..

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I want to get a new GPU, one that will hopefully allow me to run Battlefield 4 and other similar/new games as maxed out as possible. Just getting properly into PC gaming
My budget is open, as long as I don't have to spend on better hardware to support it, looking of the best my current system will allow.
I've been looking at the Gigabyte GTX 770, not sure if I could squeeze in something more high end though..

I'd appreciate any help. Please let me know if I've left any crucial info off the following list.
Thanks!

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I have an AMD R290X (HIS Cooler) for sale in the forums for pretty cheap. See my system parting out thread... I don't think an i5 lynfield would really bottleneck that, but I can't be sure. Your PSU should be ok. Someone else advise, I'm stuck in the socket 1366 era mentally, but I think that's a pretty strong processor (at least on a per clock basis).
 
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If overclocking to 4Gghz the CPU is enough, except large CPU heavy and swarmy games. Either cheapo R9 280X or 770, but 4GB version is my suggestion without breaking the budget... R9 290ies are simply too hot and not worth it...
 
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My HIS R9 290X runs reasonably cool. The stock cooler R9 290X is a monstrosity that should never have been allowed in anyones case, however.
 
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If overclocing to 4Gghz the CPU is enough, except large CPU heavy and swarmy games. Either cheapo R9 280X or 770, but 4GB version is my suggestion without breaking the budget... R9 290ies are simply too hot and not worth it...
the 290 are going on par with 770's price ... if they are not worth it when they are 780 counterpart ... i dont know if a 770 at a 290 price is worth it :D (ok less power consumption ... well not really :) 6+8pin for both )
The stock cooler R9 290X is a monstrosity that should never have been allowed in anyones case, however.
if you say so ... (never above 70° in game 77° sometime in bench ok i run my fan at 65% when gaming/benching but i barely hear it and i don't play with a headset and i have also a JetFlo set a t 2k rpm permanent, just my sound overtake that noise xD my Zotac 770 AMP was hotter than that 80° in benchies but the cooler used was a bit quieter indeed xD )
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edit, little example: 1st one is a 770 SLI with a i7 3770K and a custom WC/2nd one is my main rig if i go 290CFX (4690K and H60V2)

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Looking at this guys post and rig specs, I'm going to assume he knows only a limited amount about hardware so suggesting he overclock his current setup (that most probably is a pre-built or family built rig of some kind) is pretty much the wrong way of doing things, guys.


I also doubt he will be needing a 290X or 780Ti or Crossfire/SLi... or for that matter, even to swap his setup entirely for XXXX Intel or XXXX AMD "because it will be XX% quicker and your epenis will grow" (though I do expect the thread to go that way sometime soon...).. staying on target about the original question he asked would probably benefit him though lol :twitch:



@OP: I feel one of the best priced cards currently out there is the R9 280 non-X. They currently range from $199 - $230 on Newegg ($199 after MIR) and perform very closely to the GTX770 you were looking at, while being considerably cheaper to the tune of around $100

Here's a link: Sapphire Dual-X 280

It also comes with 3 free games you may be interested in.

If you want a bit more power, you can always chose the R9 280X for a price of around $240 after MIR: Diamond 280X

This will give you performance on-par or within 5% of the GTX770 in most common games out there today and still comes in around $60 cheaper (after MIR on the GTX770) than the lowest priced GTX770, the Gigabyte you were probably looking at.


If you think the performance difference is worth the extra money or you're an avid nVidia fan only then I suggest you pick up the GTX770 you were looking at. However, if you want to save a bit of loot and still have very respectable performance, my advice is one of the 280's I linked above... either the X or non-X, depending on how your budget speaks to you. :toast:
 
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@OP: I feel one of the best priced cards currently out there is the R9 280 non-X. They currently range from $199 - $230 on Newegg ($199 after MIR) and perform very closely to the GTX770 you were looking at, while being considerably cheaper to the tune of around $100

Here's a link: Sapphire Dual-X 280

It also comes with 3 free games you may be interested in.

If you want a bit more power, you can always chose the R9 280X for a price of around $240 after MIR: Diamond 280X

This will give you performance on-par or within 5% of the GTX770 in most common games out there today and still comes in around $60 cheaper (after MIR on the GTX770) than the lowest priced GTX770, the Gigabyte you were probably looking at.
yep totally the point.

paying less for the same perf of a 770 (+/-5%) is worth it for the OP and will be quite enough for a long time, unless he can afford a 770 4gb, which at this point would be better to take a R9 290 (same price, depending the retailer and more performances ) end words the best bang for bucks card are 280/280X in that case (i would took a 280X if i didn't paid my 290 less than a 280 )
 
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Got the same CPU and it's beginning to show its age in current AAA titles, overclocking is definitely well worth the effort and minor expense in order to fully exploit a more powerful graphics card.
With the CPU at 3.4GHz and a HD7950 at 950/1400 even graphically heavy games like Metro LL run smoothly on a single 1080 display, although at the 'high' rather than 'very high' preset, same for FC3 and
Tomb Raider: Smooth but one notch down from max settings.
@ Nathan323: With the above said, if you can add a half decent cooler (I'm using the Hyper 212 Plus and the newer Evo model is a little better) into the mix and get the CPU to 3.4GHz or a little above
the current system should run a GTX770/R9 280X class of card with minimum restrictions.
If the motherboard will not allow overclocking or you're reluctant to do so the slightly less powerful GTX760/R9 280 would be a better match and I'd suggest the R9 280 over the GTX760, but only because of its larger memory.
 
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additional 4gb ram would be good too.
 
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Right now, I would wait to buy a new GPU. Both AMD and Nvidia are coming out with new GPU's that should push the price of the GPU's that you are considering down even more. October maybe?
 
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This will give you performance on-par or within 5% of the GTX770 in most common games out there today
the same perf of a 770 (+/-5%)
Its more like 10-15% in favor of the GTX 770 ( R9 280X is about on par with the GTX 770), but the R9 280 is still an excellent buy as far as performance vs cost goes.
 
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if you can get that cpu clocked to at least 3.6Ghz then I see no problem with a 280 or even a 290x