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This is the current PC, Antec Black usb 3 case, not sure the model, but moderate in size Asrock B75 Pro-3 M Motherboard Intel i5 3330 Quad Core 3.0Ghz with 3.2Ghz Turbo Boost (Locked Multi) Hyper 212 Cooler 24GB DDR3 1600Mhz 240GB Mushkin SATA III Solid State CoolerMaster 1000W PSU Currently Windows 7 Pro Installed w/ Windows 10 Notifier for upgrade when available. Samsung 27" LED Monitor (Just a 1080P 60Hz) I have been toying with the idea of tossing a video card in the pc, so I can play some pc games. I currently have been out of the pc gaming loop for quite some time. The last video card that I bought was a GTX 570, and that was around when I quit pc gaming. Looking to get back, so I was doing some research on some cards that caught my interest. I will be playing at only 1080P for the moment, and pretty much sticking at that resolution. Here are the top few cards that I have narrowed it down to: 1.GTX 970 4gb 2. R9 390 8gb 3. R9 280x 3gb I was leaning more towards the 970 more and more but here is the thing. I keep fearing that the current setup is going to bottleneck. mainly the CPU. A few of my friends told me not to worry about the CPU as an i5 at 3.0ghz stock should be more than enough. The funny thing about me even listing the 280x even though its an old card, is that a friend of mine offered to sell me his windforce gigabyte 280x for $100 bux. I'm not really looking to drop a lot of money on a new gaming card, as I keep thinking to myself, that I would have to upgrade the CPU, and at that rate, if I will be doing that, I should just buy an 1150 motherboard, and go for a 4790K or something along those lines. But I am trying to keep my budget lower. Not really looking to dump money on a whole new system build, as this one is totally new really inside and out. I apologize if I am rambling here, but I need some solid advice if I can please. The 280x seems like the best overall deal, but would it be worth going to the 390 or 970? Would any of these cards bottleneck the system at all? Is the i5 too weak to play the new games that are coming out? Thank you all so much in advance!
Hiya, Query on GPU temps. I can't seem to locate any accurate information anywhere as to the max temp tolerance of this Tahiti chip, I have two R9 280X Toxic Editions in crossfire with a 4770k/H100i, in a Corsair 540 Airflow case & Silverstone 1200W Gold PSU , during heavy load ie 1440P Ultra Battlefield 4 gaming, the primary card will reach 79-83 degrees. It drops to 73 sometimes but for the most part it sits around 79 degrees. The secondary card only sits at around 62 which is fine but I wanted to know if the main card is getting too hot, or is an acceptable temperature in this setup. Nothing else overheats, just curious as the GPU temp, the fan ramps up to around 70 odd percent to keep it there, the Toxic edition has temperature leds on it, 6 of them, and at the hottest I have seen it, 4 of them are lit up. Reason I bring it up as most reviews out there see the card peak at 66-70 max, obviously its getting warmed as I have another card right under it but just want to know if I should continue with this or get a more hardcore case? 80 Degrees makes me nervous, however the 290X cruises at 95 from what I hear and sounds like a jet engine. Any suggestions\input would be great Thanks