Any worthwhile upgrades from an R9 280x in the $200 price range?

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  1. jimbob200521

    jimbob200521 Limp Gawd

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    I've been kinda eyeing around a bit the last couple days at an upgrade from my R9 280X 3gb card. I have come across some seemingly decent to good deals on Newegg including an RX570 8gb card for $160 after rebate an some RX580 4gb cards in the same price range, around $200. I checked a few 1060 6gb cards but none cracked the $200 barrier that I saw. I'd like to return to team blue but for a casual gamer, pricing seems to be stopping me so I have stuck with the value orientated team red.

    I currently have 2 1920x1200 monitors so my gaming is 1080p but of course, the more power/bang for the buck I can get the better as eventually higher res monitors will land on my desktop.

    So would a 570/580 be a worthwhile, noticeable upgrade from my 280x? Are there any other cards out there you guys could recommend I check out?

    My only requirements are more than 3gb of RAM (duh these days) and it be around, or preferably, under $200. Thanks gents!
     
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    There are deals on RX 580 8GB all the time now. Just take a look at Newegg.

    But the cards are only 40% faster than what you currently own, so it's your call if that's enough performance improvement (unless you're selling the old card, that small an improvement isn't really worth the cash).

    If you want better, you;re going to have to save up another hundred.
     
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    I upgraded from HD 7950 ($80) to 290x ($125) and it would be worth if you're able to sell your card
     
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    If I wait around for an overall 75% speed from my 280X (which is hanging on way better than I thought it would), at this pace I'll be waiting on AMD for a while it seems! :joyful: I just wish that nVidia stuff wasn't so pricey but you know what they say; you can wish in one hand...

    Seriously though, it seems a general 40%+ increase in overall performance isn't too bad, it takes some games from borderline unplayable to playable. If I could snag a card for $200 and sell mine for around half that, may not be all bad considering how long I hang onto hardware before upgrading. Another thing I'm looking for is just a larger frame buffer. The 3gb on my 280X has been filled before by the likes of Doom which sucked. I'd go from playing great and then a shudder while data was shuffled around because my GPU RAM was full (according to the GPU Monitor I was using, MSI Afterburner iirc). I guess I was hoping that others would have some cards to suggest that fall into the rough price range I mentioned that would be better alternatives than the 580X/580X.
     
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    For perspective, I paid $220 for the 980 Ti just 2 months ago.

    I find the sweet spot for me is $200-250 and this go-around, used was the way to go.
     
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    1060 6gb? And I see used 1070s for $250 now all the time.
     
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    Used 1070's for $250 new or used? If that's new, then I'd expect to find 1060 6gb cards in my price range new which would be great. Any links or sites to recommend? I wasn't finding any 1060 6gb cards for under ~$225 on newegg...
     
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    Not at all opposed to that, I've bought a few things from here before and I believe I've sold a few things here, as well.

    I'll check out those links and head over there to see if there's anything else that catches my attention, thank you!
     
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    Say that again, but slowly....
     
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    Instructions unclear, dick stuck in VCR.
     
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    Are you solely focused on new or are you willing to go used?
     
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    Used is an option, although I prefer to stay away from mining cards...

    Nah man, this is 2018; Instructions unclear, dick stuck in blu-ray player.
     
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    I would take that 570 8gb and clock it to the moon, but tbh I don't trust mail in rebate. So I would recommend getting a used 390x or a used fury. If ya go the used route remember to get new thermal pads or some paste.

    Edit: or get a used 1060
     
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    I just upgraded from a 280x to a GTX 980, it's around a 70-75% improvement. I wouldn't go for a 480/580, it's a smaller improvement and you get less performance per $$$ than a used gtx 980. A 390x is also a decent upgrade if you want to stay AMD.
     
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    Wat? A 580 (especially one of the decent clocked ones) is just as fast or faster then a used 980. A 580 is also 10~25% (depending on the game) faster then a 390. Its so funny hearing things from people that cannot read a simple benchmark here at [H]ard.
     
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    Thanks for all the input guys. I think I have found a solution, though. In the [H]ot Deals section I came across a Zotac refurb Black Friday sale deal...thing. I was going to nab a 1070 for $160 (iirc) but it was out of stock so I got a 1060 6gb AMP! edition card instead. Being a refurb and the fact that I've never had a Zotac card before, I hope this doesn't bite me in arse later on. Once it arrives, I plan on putting it through its paces then posting my existing 280X in the FS/FT section to recoup what I can.
     
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