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  1. #1
    ROG Enthusiast Array Lawlypops PC Specs
    Lawlypops PC Specs
    MotherboardAsus ROG Crosshair-V Formula Z
    ProcessorAMD FX-8370
    Memory (part number)16GB (2x 8GB) G.Skill TridentX
    Graphics Card #1Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290
    Monitor1920x1080 Asus, 1600x900 Hanns-G
    Storage #11TB WD Black HDD
    Storage #2250GB Samsung SSD
    CPU CoolerStock
    CaseThermaltake Overseer RX-I Snow Edition
    Power SupplyCorsair C750
    Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Ultimate
    Mouse Razer Taipan
    Headset Turtlebeach Z11
    Mouse Pad Something from Staples
    Headset/Speakers Speakers: Altec
    OS Windows 10
    Lawlypops's Avatar
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    Apr 2015

    Graphics Card Comparison help.

    I found 3 GPUs that seem to be cheaper than my currently chosen one for my build, and i want to confirm if they truly are.

    1st New:

    2nd New:

    3rd New:

    The 3rd is the same as the 1st but with 4GB instead of 2

    Here is my Build in case you need it. (I am currently buying everything. The only things i have bought so far is the Case, the HDD, and the SSD)

    Motherboard - Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
    GPU - XFX Black Edition Double D R9-280A-TDBD
    PSU - Rosewill Photon-1200
    Monitor - ASUS VX VX248H 24-Inch Monitor
    Keyboard - Razer BlackWidow Chroma
    CPU - AMD FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition
    RAM - G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB DDR3 2400
    Case - ThermalTake Overseer RX-I
    HDD - WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM
    SSD - Samsung 850 EVO 120GB

  2. #2
    ROG Guru: Black Belt Array Korth PC Specs
    Korth PC Specs
    MotherboardASUS X99 R5E (BIOS2101/1902)
    ProcessorHaswell-EP E5-1680-3 SR20H/R2 (4.4GHz)
    Memory (part number)Vengeance LPX 4x8GB SS DDR4-3000 (CMK32GX4M4C3000C15)
    Graphics Card #1NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Graphics Card #2NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Sound CardJDS Labs O2+ODAC (RevB), USB2 UAC1
    MonitorASUS PG278Q
    Storage #1Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSDs, 4xSATA3 RAID0
    Storage #2Comay BladeDrive E28 3200GB SSD, 8xPCIe2
    CPU CoolerRaijintek NEMESIS/TISIS, AS5, 2xNH-A14
    CaseObsidian 750D (original), 6xNH-A14
    Power SupplyZalman/FSP ZM1250 Platinum
    Headset Pilot P51 PTT *modded*
    OS Arch, Gentoo, Win7x64, Win10x64
    Network RouterActiontec T3200M VDSL2 Gateway
    Accessory #1 TP-Link AC1900 Archer T9E, 1xPCIe
    Accessory #2 ASUS/Infineon SLB9635 TPM (TT1.2/FW3.19)
    Accessory #3 ASUS OC Panel I (FW0501)
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    Mar 2015

    It looks like you're willing to spend up to ~USD$240. And, I suspect from your choices, you prefer faster factory overclocks.

    I would go with an R9-280X, it will certainly outperform an R9-280 (it has more processing power and is a little faster in every way, with or without overclocking). It will generally outperform a GTX 960 (although some games are better optimized for the things - mostly PhysX - that NVidia GPUs do a little better, so you might want to check online benchmark results for these cards on the particular games you play).
    Another good choice is an R9-285. Newer technologies, a little less of this and more of that, but it benches almost exactly equivalent to an R9-280X in terms of actual performance/fps.

    The best <USD$240 R9-280X and R9-285 deals I could find from that vendor this week are:

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array Antronman's Avatar
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    Dec 2013

    The R9 280 is never worth buying.

    The R9 285 is better, the 280x is better.

    Don't buy the R9 280, whatever you do.
    Say hi to the next generation.

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  4. #4
    ROG Guru: Green Belt Array
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    Oct 2013

    Newegg has a Sapphire Tri-x 290 $249.99 after rebate. That will keep you going for along time

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