Current GPU is doing a great job, basically I run all the games I play at 60+ FPS. (Obviously dips in games such as "WoW" but there's more of a CPU issue, L4D2, SimCity, Skyrim, Diablo 3.. A few more, but not that demanding games...
What I want is to replace my GPU.. It's a bit noisy and can get high temps. In addition at Rifts it lacks of performance, so I'd like to have a bit more of a powerful GPU. So my question would be either r9 280x / r9 290x. I wont be going for the 780 ti just because of the reason that I'm paying a worse ratio for the FPS/GPU power vs AMD.
Rest of PC
- i7 4930K
- 16 GB DDR3 RAM (4/8 slots taken)
- ASUS P9X79
- Current GPU - GTX 480 2 GB. "MSI". ( Driver "320.49" )
- 850 PSU ( 1 x R9 280x now, and one more if I need more Power later? Or 1x R9 290x and be done with it? )
If it wouldn't be for the "HEAT" issues, I could overclock the card a bit more as my games don't really require that much more power, I could've open the GPU, clean the heat sink and apply new paste. I got both the NOCTUAs thermal compound and the Silver one. Temp are really high, but it doesn't affect the FPS unless it hits the 3 digits. When it does "With a OC" it just turns it off and I get a short lag spike.
Currently - 76c - 1 % load. It hits 90-95c at max load. Remember that the 480 was a powerful card that could take a lot of heat. But it's done what it's done. Still keeping me at HIGH FPS at mostly max settings for current games after a few years is just a beast!
" I do stream as well, therefor a better GPU wouldn't be too bad.
*BTW - TOXIC or VAPOR-X. I will be overclocking the GPU heavily, so I'd love to have a unlocked one.