I am building a gaming pc that I hope will last at least through the next gen of console games. $400 is a bit above my price range, but I heard that the added vram will be important in the future. I plan on playing on a single 24" asus vs247 1080p monitor. Hoping to run games 40-60 fps on really high to max settings. btw, processor is i5- 4670k
Will this card be sufficient, or should I keep saving up for a gtx 780ti or something?
great! it looks like the power is a significant jump up from the gtx 770. The only issue is that they apparently run very hot. Does anyone know which manufacturer makes the coolest/quietest version, or should I invest in another cooler when I get the chance? currently just ordered a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. Heard it was a decent, budget cooling system. Last thing I want to do is fry a video card though lol.
R9 290 and 290x non-reference versions are not out yet, maybe in 2 or 3 weeks time. And that cooler you mention is for the CPU, not your video card. It is much better than your stock intel cooler though. The stock AMD cooler do works, but it is very noisy so even if you buy reference version, at least you know it has a cooler on it already.
Okay, thanks. Should've known that about the cooler. I'm kinda a noob in the pc field, but trying to get in. So is there any way to cool a gpu in addition to the stock fan? also, which manufacturers should I look for to make a non-reference?
Well, you can get aftermarket GPU cooler like Accelero Hybrid and such, as well as some watercooling setup, but since you are not a hardcore enthusiast, you probably not interested in custom watercooling setup. Not everyone is comfortable in opening up a graphics card and disassembling the heatsink.
If you are interested in what the board partners have to offer for non-reference models, you can just see their earlier non-reference models, like R9-280x so you have a rough idea of their custom GPU.
Just see it in the stores like Newegg and Amazon or their own websites. For AMD products, I think Sapphire is the best one, but warranty claims are hard if you live in certain areas. Many US customers prefer XFX.
If you really are concerned with aftermarket customer service you can't go wrong with the motherboard manufacturers Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte. Their build quality is great, but on the downside, they tend to be somewhat overpriced.