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    ROG Member Array Playmaker729 PC Specs
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    MotherboardASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390 Gaming Motherboard LGA1151
    ProcessorIntel Core i9-9900K Coffee Lake 8-Core, 16-Thread, 3.6 GHz (5.0 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W
    Memory (part number)CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Desktop Memory Mo
    Graphics Card #1Asus ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 OC
    Storage #1SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 1TB SATA III V-NAND
    Storage #2WD 500 GB HDD
    CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro Series, H115i PRO RGB
    CaseCorsair Obsidian Series 750D
    Power SupplyCORSAIR AXi Series AX1200i Digital 1200W 80 PLUS PLATINUM
    Keyboard Roccat Ryos MK Pro
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    Suggestions on a new graphics card for my updated setup

    I just started rebuilding my system with a new mb, cpu, cooler, etc, and wanted some suggestions on a new graphics card.

    Typically in the past I've preferred EVGA cards (my current one is an EVGA Nvidia 980 Classified)

    I'm looking to spend between $500-$600 and use my computer for gaming like CoD, WoW, etc, so a mix of games. There are just so many choices on sites I've been looking at - I'd like to get one that compliments the new setup I have.

    Here is the rest of my hardware I just installed (all stock settings currently nothing OC'd) -

    -Asus ROG Maximus XI Formula MB

    -Intel Core i9-9900K Coffee Lake 8-Core, 16-Thread, 3.6 GHz

    -Corsair Hydro Series, H115i PRO RGB

    -Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin SDRAM DDR4 2800 (this is a few years old and I could also upgrade that to at least 32 GB)

    -Ssamsung 860 EVO Series 2.5" 1TB

    -Corsair AXi Series AX1200i Digital 1200W 80 PLUS PLATINUM PSU

    -Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Black Brushed Aluminum and Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

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    ROG Guru: Green Belt Array panzlock PC Specs
    panzlock PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)ASUS X553M, ASUS Zenpad 10 Z300M, ASUS X542BA-DH99
    MotherboardASUS P8Z68-V LX, ASUS Z170-A, ASUS ROG Strix B350-F Gaming
    ProcessorIntel i5-2500K, Intel i7-6700K, AMD Ryzen R7 1700
    Memory (part number)8GB Kingston 1333MhzDDR3 C9, 16GB G.Skill Aegis 3000Mhz DDR4 C16, 16GB G.Skill Trident Z 3200Mhz C16
    Graphics Card #1EVGA GTX 560Ti, ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 O8G OC, Sapphire Nitro+ RX Vega 56
    Monitor32" INSIGNIA 720p, 32" Samsung 1080p C32F391FWN, 32" ASUS 1440p VA32AQ
    Storage #1Seagate 150GB 7200RPM, Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5" 6Gb/s Solid State Drive (X2)
    Storage #2Seagate 500GB 7200RPM, WD Blue 3TB - 5400 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch
    CPU CoolerDeepcool GAMMAXX 300, Deepcool Lucifer V2, Wraith Spire
    CaseAntec Sonata, Deepcool Dukase V1, Deepcool Dukase V3
    Power SupplyATX 650, EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2 (X2)
    Keyboard Logitech K220, MSI Interceptor DS4200 (X2)
    Mouse Microsoft 1850, Microsoft 4500, Gamdias Erebos LE, MSI DS 100, Redragon M601 Centrophorus
    Headset/Speakers Logitech Z313, Logitech Z506 (X2)
    OS Windows 10 Home X64, Windows 10 Pro X64 (X2)
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    Price range:

    • Nvidia: GTX 1070, 1070Ti, 1080 or 2060 and POSSIBLY 2070.



    • AMD: Vega 56, 64



    Brands:

    • Nvidia: ASUS, EVGA, MSI, ZOTAC, GALAX and maybe even PALIT



    • AMD: Sapphire, ASUS, Powercolor


    If I were you I'd keep the 980 a while longer and see what Nvidia and AMD do in the next year, to be honest. But it is your dollar and I ain't your daddy.
    I'd like to deploy my troops in her country.

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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array feedmeink PC Specs
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    MotherboardX299 Rampage vi extreme
    ProcessorI9 7980xe
    Memory (part number)Corsair vengeance lpx 4000mhz 32gb (2x16gb)
    Graphics Card #1Ek waterblock vega 56
    Storage #1Samsung 970pro 1tb m.2
    CPU CoolerEk full monoblock
    CaseLian li pc-011 dynamic
    Power SupplyEvga 1200 watt platinum
    OS Windows 10

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    Agreed, I would wait if I were in your position, but with that budget, you can overclock a vega 56 to about 1070 level performance. I tend to avoid nvidia though. I don't agree with their sales practices.

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array davemon50 PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)Asus G752VY-DH72 (17") and Asus G752VT-DH74 (17")
    MotherboardAsus ROG LGA2011-v3 Rampage V Edition 10, x99 EATX
    ProcessorIntel Core i7-6950X Extreme 10-core 25MB Cache 3.0 GHz
    Memory (part number)Corsair Vengeance LPX Red DDR4 DRAM 64GB-4x16 3333 (CMK64GX4M4B3333C16R)
    Graphics Card #1Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury 4GB HBM Backplate
    Graphics Card #2Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury 4GB HBM Backplate
    Sound CardAsus SupremeFX Hi-Fi Audio DAC
    Monitor(2) Dell UltraSharp U2515H 25-inch monitors
    Storage #1(4) SSD's - Samsung 960 & 970 1TB M.2, Intel 535 480G, Intel 510 250G
    Storage #2(3) HDD's - Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5-in SATA III 64MB Cache
    CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro Series H80
    CaseCorsair Obsidian Series 650D Black, ATX, Mid Tower
    Power SupplyCorsair Digital AXi-Series AX1200i (1200W) 80+ Platinum Rating
    Keyboard Logitech Wireless K360
    Mouse Logitech Wireless MX Anywhere 2
    Headset HyperX Cloud II
    OS Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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    If you wind up buying a Sapphire card for an AMD product and are not water cooling, I'd recommend the multi-fan versions of their products (Nitro+). I have two of them and they are so quiet I usually can't tell they exist.

    BTW I have that PSU that you mentioned for your build above, and I can never hear that either. Like the video cards, the PSU fan shuts off on low load so sometimes it's completely silent.
    Davemon50

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    ROG Member Array Playmaker729 PC Specs
    Playmaker729 PC Specs
    MotherboardASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390 Gaming Motherboard LGA1151
    ProcessorIntel Core i9-9900K Coffee Lake 8-Core, 16-Thread, 3.6 GHz (5.0 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W
    Memory (part number)CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Desktop Memory Mo
    Graphics Card #1Asus ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 OC
    Storage #1SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 1TB SATA III V-NAND
    Storage #2WD 500 GB HDD
    CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro Series, H115i PRO RGB
    CaseCorsair Obsidian Series 750D
    Power SupplyCORSAIR AXi Series AX1200i Digital 1200W 80 PLUS PLATINUM
    Keyboard Roccat Ryos MK Pro
    Mouse Razer Naga
    Headset Corsair headset
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    Thanks for the replys so far! For games like CoD or WoW would I even notice a huge difference between my 980 and upgrading to an EVGA 2060 or 2070?

    I find it's always exciting to install a new component/upgrade but I want to make sure spending the money on a new graphics card will make a difference that I notice and not just upgrade without experiencing/seeing an overall increase in performance.

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    Banned Array JustinThyme PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)G752VY-DH72
    MotherboardRampage VI Extreme
    ProcessorI9 9940X
    Memory (part number)64GB DDR4 8x8 Corsair Dominator Platinum 3800 MHz @ C17
    Graphics Card #1ASUS Strix 2080Ti O11G @ 2.1GHz
    Graphics Card #2ASUS Strix 2080Ti O11G @ 2.1Ghz
    Graphics Card #3ROG Nvlink
    Graphics Card #4Have to feed animals
    Sound CardExternal Audioengine D1 24 bit 192kbps DAC
    MonitorASUS PG348Q @ 100Hz
    Storage #1Intel 905P 480GB U2 flavor
    Storage #2Samsung 850 EVO 1TB X2 in RAID 0, 960 PRO 1TB DIMM.2_1
    CPU CoolerHeatKiller IV PRO and VRM blocks ,Dual D5 PWM serial, 2X 480, 1X 360 RADS
    CasePhanteks Enthoo Elite 8X LL120 PWM, 3X LL140 PWM, 12 SP120 PWM 1x AF140 PWM
    Power SupplyCorsair AX 1500i
    Keyboard ASUS Claymore
    Mouse ASUS Spatha, Logitech MX Master
    Headset Sennheiser HD 700
    Mouse Pad ASUS ROG Sheath
    Headset/Speakers Audioengine A5+ with SVS SB-1000 Sub
    OS Win10 Pro 1809
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    If you look for used (yes there are good ones out there) you can probably pick up a 1080Ti for close to that with people upgrading to 2080Ti. Have to really look though because anything 1080 and later the Ti is doubling the price thanks to crypto mining.

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    ROG Member Array Playmaker729 PC Specs
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    MotherboardASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390 Gaming Motherboard LGA1151
    ProcessorIntel Core i9-9900K Coffee Lake 8-Core, 16-Thread, 3.6 GHz (5.0 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series) 95W
    Memory (part number)CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2800 (PC4 22400) Desktop Memory Mo
    Graphics Card #1Asus ROG Strix Gaming RTX 2080 OC
    Storage #1SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 1TB SATA III V-NAND
    Storage #2WD 500 GB HDD
    CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro Series, H115i PRO RGB
    CaseCorsair Obsidian Series 750D
    Power SupplyCORSAIR AXi Series AX1200i Digital 1200W 80 PLUS PLATINUM
    Keyboard Roccat Ryos MK Pro
    Mouse Razer Naga
    Headset Corsair headset
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    So would waiting be the best for now? I've read quite a few reviews it seems a lot of the new RTX cards are having issues after the first few weeks? my 980 works fine but I would like to upgrade and somewhat future proof. I've checked out a few 2070 evga cards around $550 or so but the reviews for customers who purchased them were all over the place as far as performance/isssues arrising after the first few weeks.

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    Banned Array JustinThyme PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)G752VY-DH72
    MotherboardRampage VI Extreme
    ProcessorI9 9940X
    Memory (part number)64GB DDR4 8x8 Corsair Dominator Platinum 3800 MHz @ C17
    Graphics Card #1ASUS Strix 2080Ti O11G @ 2.1GHz
    Graphics Card #2ASUS Strix 2080Ti O11G @ 2.1Ghz
    Graphics Card #3ROG Nvlink
    Graphics Card #4Have to feed animals
    Sound CardExternal Audioengine D1 24 bit 192kbps DAC
    MonitorASUS PG348Q @ 100Hz
    Storage #1Intel 905P 480GB U2 flavor
    Storage #2Samsung 850 EVO 1TB X2 in RAID 0, 960 PRO 1TB DIMM.2_1
    CPU CoolerHeatKiller IV PRO and VRM blocks ,Dual D5 PWM serial, 2X 480, 1X 360 RADS
    CasePhanteks Enthoo Elite 8X LL120 PWM, 3X LL140 PWM, 12 SP120 PWM 1x AF140 PWM
    Power SupplyCorsair AX 1500i
    Keyboard ASUS Claymore
    Mouse ASUS Spatha, Logitech MX Master
    Headset Sennheiser HD 700
    Mouse Pad ASUS ROG Sheath
    Headset/Speakers Audioengine A5+ with SVS SB-1000 Sub
    OS Win10 Pro 1809
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    If you have a 1080 theres no point at your budget level. Future proof is gonna const you $1200 for the Nvidia FE 2080ti I once ran AMD everything trying to stick up for them but everything but the Threadripper which isnt for squat in gaming falls well behind. I got tired of spending money although it be less most of the time to have second rate performance.

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array davemon50 PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)Asus G752VY-DH72 (17") and Asus G752VT-DH74 (17")
    MotherboardAsus ROG LGA2011-v3 Rampage V Edition 10, x99 EATX
    ProcessorIntel Core i7-6950X Extreme 10-core 25MB Cache 3.0 GHz
    Memory (part number)Corsair Vengeance LPX Red DDR4 DRAM 64GB-4x16 3333 (CMK64GX4M4B3333C16R)
    Graphics Card #1Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury 4GB HBM Backplate
    Graphics Card #2Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury 4GB HBM Backplate
    Sound CardAsus SupremeFX Hi-Fi Audio DAC
    Monitor(2) Dell UltraSharp U2515H 25-inch monitors
    Storage #1(4) SSD's - Samsung 960 & 970 1TB M.2, Intel 535 480G, Intel 510 250G
    Storage #2(3) HDD's - Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5-in SATA III 64MB Cache
    CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro Series H80
    CaseCorsair Obsidian Series 650D Black, ATX, Mid Tower
    Power SupplyCorsair Digital AXi-Series AX1200i (1200W) 80+ Platinum Rating
    Keyboard Logitech Wireless K360
    Mouse Logitech Wireless MX Anywhere 2
    Headset HyperX Cloud II
    OS Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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    So I'm not sure if this is just a 1-off thing or not, but woke up this morning with a dead video card. Blank screen, no fans spinning, nothing.
    SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 Fury 4GB


    This is the first time I've used Sapphire, and I've enjoyed the performance of these cards. I have two in the machine, so after removing/reinstalling/cleaning/repowering/switching slots/blah-blah-blah......it's simply a dead card. Overnight. The computer was in sleep mode and the card died. Installed the cards in Feb 2017, so they've seen 2 years of service. Just a caution for anyone looking at cards and brand names. I do like these cards, and after moving the second card to the first slot this morning that one's working fine. Anyway, I can't get these cards anymore, so I might need to invest in a new AMD card or 2 now, bummer.
    Davemon50

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