Help with GPU Upgrade
Written by: GCPLPYT - 18:42 Jan-17-2017

I want to upgrade my R9 280x, since I want to hit 60 fps @ 1080p in most games on (kinda) ultra settings.

As options I have a GTX 780ti 3 GB Vram or a GTX 970 4 GB Vram (both non specific brands, just in generall.

I don'T have any more money to get a better one and I will buy them used on ebay.

I also only have a 550 Watt PSU so a R9 290x is also a bit hard to use since it's also quite a bit louder.

Please help me with this decision.

Which one should I buy?

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16:13 Jan-22-2017

i think you should go for gtx 1060 6gb sc edition, also supports 4k gaming

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11:17 Jan-20-2017

So how about this Asus RX 470 for 180e it will run most games on Ultra 1080p and it will last a long time ( plus very low power consumption )

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11:25 Jan-20-2017

U also get Hitman ( whole 1st season ) and u save money ( if ur budget is around 200e )

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08:13 Jan-18-2017

Although the choice is yours but I highly recommends R9 390.
youtu.be/_ugW_iwVfZo

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08:44 Jan-18-2017

Or even go for R9 Fury, if you find a cheap bargain its a beast card. :)

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10:14 Jan-18-2017

What about the RX 480 ?

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10:54 Jan-18-2017

The 480 is a bit stronger than the 390 in most games from benchmarks I've seen, but not by a huge margin, if you can get a good used 390 for significantly less than an 8GB RX 480(under $200), then it would be a good deal I think, You sacrifice a little performance, but still get the 8GB "future proofing".

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11:01 Jan-18-2017

As for the Fury, I can't say I'm entirely sold, you pay a bit more, and get a bit more performance than either the 390 or 480, but I still tend to think the 8GB versions of either are better options at this price point for the plain simple reason of "future proofing".

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13:09 Jan-18-2017

I apologize didn't see you have 550 Watts. So you should either go for 480 or 970. I still won't recommend 970 cuz AMD has much better legacy support than NVIDIA.
As you have mentioned that you want to stick with the 1080p so a FURY will be more future proof as it was intended for 144p. :)
https://youtu.be/G4qHjM32d3k

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14:06 Jan-18-2017

I would have the option to go up to 650W (Gold Certification) but there are no R9 Furys for auction in germany ( ebay) so probably can't get that.
So I will save some more money for the RX 480 since AMD is pushing out great drivers at the moment.

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14:35 Jan-18-2017

http://www.mindfactory.de/product_info.php/4GB-PowerColor-Radeon-RX-480-Red-Dragon-Single-Fan-Aktiv-PCIe-3-0-x16--R_1127871.html


I wouldn't say this is the most feature packed RX 480, but it is the least expensive I can find in your country. If you have any interest in the 4GB that is, which is fine for 1080P

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14:50 Jan-18-2017

It's that cheap for a reason. I would rather go with a gigabyte version for around 250. Or maybe sapphire.

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16:07 Jan-18-2017

From what I've seen so far, with the 480, XFX and Sapphire, have the most features, both have backplates, RGB LEDs, Dual BIOS, and quick detach fan systems, XFX has a really nice VRM for extreme volt modding and LN2 overclocking(As does Asus), Sapphire has an above average VRM, but it's missing a phase.

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16:12 Jan-18-2017

The Gigabyte board gets bad reviews because the cooler doesn't seem to at all do its job even with a fan curve adjustment.

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16:15 Jan-18-2017

In my opinion, the XFX Black is probably the best overall, really good set of premium features, very high quality components, and pretty reasonably priced, i'd say the Sapphire nitro would be a close second, and the Asus Strix if your main goal is extreme overclocking(it has the best VRM).

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07:51 Jan-18-2017

970 all the way, more power efficient, newer architecture, became better than the gtx 780ti when Nvidia screwed over the gtx 700 series, can overclock better, just all around a better pick.

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21:45 Jan-17-2017

Between the two, definitely go with the 970, Nvidia has completely abandoned support for Kepler, so no new driver updates for the 780 TI, also the 3GB buffer might come to haunt you sooner than later, honestly though, a used of either isn't worth more than $150, if you pay more, might as well get a new 470 or 480 4GB

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21:51 Jan-17-2017

I will pay around 150 € because I am really short on money and I want something kind of silent.

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21:56 Jan-17-2017

That's not stretching it too much, That's pretty close to the price point of a new 470 though, and not that far off from a new 4GB 480, since they've dropped to under $200.... not trying to push any particular card on you, but a new of either of those would be better than a used 970 if you ask me.

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21:59 Jan-17-2017

And the reason I say that is because they're all very close in performance, and a new card would come with the added peace of mind of a warranty, so it just wouldn't make sense to pay almost as much for the used card.

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22:10 Jan-17-2017

The cheapest RX 470 ( Red Dragon Single Fan 4GB) is around 190 €. The cheapest RX 480 with 8 GB is the Red Dragon 240 €. I guess that helps a lot. Maybe I'll save up some more for it, since I really like the new AMD drivers.

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22:16 Jan-17-2017

Hmmmm, honestly, I'd keep looking, maybe a sale will pop up 190 € is really expensive for a 470.... I got my 480 4GB for the equivalent of €163.36 after mail in rebate.... the price on the 480 8GB isn't too bad though, assuming you want to go into that price range.

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22:41 Jan-17-2017

If it runs most games at pretty High settings ( don't care about AA or fancy crap like that ) around 60 fps 1080p I am willing to save up some more.

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23:32 Jan-17-2017

My R9 280x is also really good for 1080p Gaming but you already notice that it's a bit weak. It's also really loud for no reason (fans at 21%). So I just want something that is quiet and more powerfull with less heat and power consumption.
Also it's impossible to overclock. I just raise the core clock by 20 mhz and it crashes while web browsing (totally satble in-game).

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00:01 Jan-18-2017

280x is still a pretty nice card though, it could be that your fans are starting to die and that's why they';re so loud at 21%.... or have they always been so loud? AMD cards have never been great overclockers, but they seem to gain more from smaller overclocks. a 480 at 1400Mhz competes with a 1060 at over 2000Mhz

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00:06 Jan-18-2017

I got my PC used from ebay, so it was always so loud, at least for me. I managed to do 60 Mhz mor on Core clock and gained like 2 fps in most games, so it's something.

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19:59 Jan-17-2017

gtx 970 is much better choice.
it uses much lest TDP power and will bring you more FPS and less heat in case.
Good luck :)

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21:23 Jan-17-2017

Thanks, buddy :D

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