Found 20th Jun 2014
Hi,

Is the R9 280X worth the extra bit of cash over the R9 280? I have an i5 4760k and am looking to play any game on ultra in 1080p.

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It's worth it.

Not much difference, depends how much more it costs?

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joshp

Not much difference, depends how much more it costs?

£22 more for the x

dannyboy92

£22 more for the x



I guess I would go for it providing they are both reliable brands for those prices. If you are paying that much for GPU, then £22 is not much and it does offer a little more performance.

Just make sure you get a reliable brand with a good cooler.
Edited by: "joshp" 21st Jun 2014

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joshp

I guess I would go for it providing they are both reliable brands for … I guess I would go for it providing they are both reliable brands for those prices. If you are paying that much for GPU, then £22 is not much and it does offer a little more performance. Just make sure you get a reliable brand with a good cooler.



I've just bought an MSI Radeon R9 280x off eBay for £140. Second hand but seller appears reliable.

dannyboy92

I've just bought an MSI Radeon R9 280x off eBay for £140. Second hand but … I've just bought an MSI Radeon R9 280x off eBay for £140. Second hand but seller appears reliable.



You should be fine. The only downside is that normally you don't get any warranty but I've never had a GPU fail on me and I've purchased second hand before. Only got a new GTX 670 cause it was ridiculously cheap.
Edited by: "joshp" 21st Jun 2014

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joshp

You should be fine. The only downside is that normally you don't get any … You should be fine. The only downside is that normally you don't get any warranty but I've never had a GPU fail on me and I've purchased second hand before. Only got a new GTX 670 cause it was ridiculously cheap.



No risk no reward! I've saved myself £60 buying used.

Would you be able to reccomend a Motherboard for me. So far I have:
Processor: Intel i5 4670K 3.4Ghz
GPU: MSI R9 280X
Ram: 8GB Corsair Vengance

I found this on Amazon which looks good and reasonably priced - amazon.co.uk/ASR…ard

dannyboy92

No risk no reward! I've saved myself £60 buying used.Would you be able to … No risk no reward! I've saved myself £60 buying used.Would you be able to reccomend a Motherboard for me. So far I have:Processor: Intel i5 4670K 3.4GhzGPU: MSI R9 280XRam: 8GB Corsair VenganceI found this on Amazon which looks good and reasonably priced - http://www.amazon.co.uk/ASRock-H87-PRO4-Motherboard-Generation/dp/B00CYWEZXA/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1403367032&sr=8-7&keywords=asrock+motherboard



So it looks like your going for quite a nice setup. I can't see anything wrong with the board. It have 4 RAM slots, SATA 600, plenty of ports ect... Maybe just Google it to check if there are any issues with that particular board.

Are you looking to overclock? I assume not, I'm just checking because from experience, some of the cheaper board don't give as much customization in the BIOS.

What PSU are you going for and are you getting a 3rd party CPU cooler?
Edited by: "joshp" 21st Jun 2014

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joshp

So it looks like your going for quite a nice setup. I can't see anything … So it looks like your going for quite a nice setup. I can't see anything wrong with the board. It have 4 RAM slots, SATA 600, plenty of ports ect... Maybe just Google it to check if there are any issues with that particular board. Are you looking to overclock? I assume not, I'm just checking because from experience, some of the cheaper board don't give as much customization in the BIOS. What PSU are you going for and are you getting a 3rd party CPU cooler?



Thanks for taking the time to answer.

I'm essentially building a gaming pc that will run any game on ultra.

I'm not looking to overclock as the hardware already has the capabilities as is.

I will buy the Zalman Z11 pro case which comes with 5 fans. So I can't see there being any heat issues. However, if there is then I could always buy a more powerful fan.

I'm undecided on a PSU as of yet.

Cheers

dannyboy92

Thanks for taking the time to answer. I'm essentially building a gaming … Thanks for taking the time to answer. I'm essentially building a gaming pc that will run any game on ultra. I'm not looking to overclock as the hardware already has the capabilities as is. I will buy the Zalman Z11 pro case which comes with 5 fans. So I can't see there being any heat issues. However, if there is then I could always buy a more powerful fan. I'm undecided on a PSU as of yet. Cheers



Even the 280x will struggle to max every game.

dannyboy92

Thanks for taking the time to answer. I'm essentially building a gaming … Thanks for taking the time to answer. I'm essentially building a gaming pc that will run any game on ultra. I'm not looking to overclock as the hardware already has the capabilities as is. I will buy the Zalman Z11 pro case which comes with 5 fans. So I can't see there being any heat issues. However, if there is then I could always buy a more powerful fan. I'm undecided on a PSU as of yet. Cheers



No problem.

As the other member has stated, I would not say that is entirely accurate. I would however say that there is a difference between running a game on ultra and running a game on ultra with good FPS! In terms of GPU, a R9 280X would still be classed as a mid graphics card. You would be looking to spend around £300-£400 for something high and £500+ for enthusiast cards.

In terms of cooling, it would be more important to have a better CPU cooler than loads of case fans.

Also make sure to get a decent PSU, at least Bronze rated I would suggest.


Edited by: "joshp" 21st Jun 2014
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