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#1\2013-12-13 20:00

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Okay so, I don't know if this event is hosted in other countries but it's called Monster Lan. Practically a big party full of hundreds of computers and it's going to be the last, so I want to make it worthwhile.

Anyway, I'm dumping around about $800 AU dollars into it, and I'm stuck at a certain part, graphics cards.

Bare in mind I'll be buying more hard drives as well so a couple of 2Tb drives, nothing fancy.

I can either buy a second graphics card, a Sapphire HD7870 2GB GHz Edition OC, and watercool them, if I can find a full cover waterblock, or a single HD7970. But I'm also thinking perhaps a R9 280X. I'm quite stuck at this decision.

I will try out nvidia again, all though I want to get as much as I can for my budget. One of the main advantage I want though is a bit more oomf in gaming, so no lag what so ever which I get in Crysis 3 depending on the settings, and sometimes lag spikes when too much is happening in other games. I'd also like it to be watercooled purely for quiteness and low temperatures because my room can heat up quite badly when I play games.

The Nvidia I'd like to go for is a 770, or a 760. But I want it to be better than my current graphics card, just so I pretty much don't downgrade.



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If possible, I'd like a poll added to this thread, forgot to do so earlier with the choice of a second 7870, a 7970, a R9 280X, 760 or 770.
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#2\2013-12-13 20:21

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im probably gonna pick up a 760/770 too
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#3\2013-12-13 21:27

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Problem is, I wanna stand by AMD, especially due to bang for your buck. Nvidia and Intel to me are too overpriced.
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#4\2013-12-13 21:31

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My setup is nVidia and Intel and if I could rewind time I would have started out with AMD. Just my opinion.
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you're 11 years old, don't worry about rewinding time LOL
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2013-12-13 19:15#240434 Singh : you're 11 years old, don't worry about rewinding time LOL


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#7\2013-12-14 20:31

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Hmm yeah, I think I'm going to head with a 280X, waterblock, new power supply and some extra hard drives. :D
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#8\2013-12-14 21:01

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Wait, can't you Crossfire the 280X with the 7870 you already have? I'm still not acquainted with the R series, but I've heard you can Crossfire all cards based on GCN architecture (which should include R9 and 7xxx).

Anyway, I'd go for a 770.

While expensive, the Intel/Nvidia combo is hard to beat. And the 770 is a very efficient card, even if the memory amount and bandwidth are lacking compared to the 280X.

Having 2x 7870s? Kinda cool, but they're getting kinda old, and if you're looking to play stuff like BF4, you'll probably miss out on the extra performance gain when Mantle goes live, since that's only supported by 79xx and R9 series.
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Mantle? Well I play it on ultra high @ 1920x1080 with no lag, except a once in a blue moon spike. But last time I checked you can't crossfire a completely different series. Nvidia you have to have the exact same card, where as AMD you can have two different 7870's. But I can always try I suppose.

Yeah I try and avoid Nvidia due to nothing but trouble when I use to own them. I'm trying to stand by AMD. But efficiency isn't something that worries me.

I've been needing a new power supply for quite some time now so that should be all fine.
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#10\2013-12-15 00:43

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I see they need to update the chart but maybe this will help out a bit.

http://sites.amd.com/PublishingImages/Public/Graphic_Illustrations/WebBannerJPEG/AMD_CrossfireX_Chart_1618W.jpg
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