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What video card can I go up to without my FX-6300 bottlenecking it?

#1ThisGuy101Posted 7/20/2014 8:06:41 PM
Topic. Right now I'm running an R9 270x. I just got done building my rig, but I think I want to sell this GPU and upgrade in a few months. It can barely keep 60 FPS on Alan Wake, and that game is two years old on PC. So far it maxes out everything else fine, but the majority of the games I'm playing are from last gen (L4D2, Just Cause 2, Amnesia, Arma 2/DayZ, Kane & Lynch 2, Payday 2, Contagion, etc, so on so forth). I've been impressed by those games, but then I started thinking about futureproofing. My 270x is great as far as those games go, but I want to be able to max out a 2014 and 2015 game at 60 FPS, and I doubt that I can with this. So I've decided I want to upgrade.


I plan on selling my 270x for about $150, and then putting that towards a better video card. I want to spring for either a 280x or a 290/290x, but I don't want to spend a bunch of money on a card that won't be able to perform due to the CPU bottlenecking it.

So what card can I get that won't be bottlenecked by the CPU? This PC is a passion project. I plan on slowly upgrading it over the next several years and reselling the old part when I do, until I'm eventually running a top of the line rig. Eventually I'll upgrade the CPU, but I'm going for the GPU first. I'd like to stick with AMD, because you generally have a better price to performance ratio than Nvidia, but I don't have a problem springing for Nvidia if I have to.

What do you guys think?
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My first gaming rig
#2BeefCastlePosted 7/20/2014 8:13:58 PM
You're about to get told mean things.
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#3KingKoboPosted 7/20/2014 8:17:01 PM
You'll be fine with any of the R9 series cards.

Any "bottleneck" you'll encounter will be extremely minor at worst. People should only be concerned about really serious bottlenecks when they're dealing with hardware that's several generations old.
#4ThisGuy101(Topic Creator)Posted 7/20/2014 8:47:05 PM
KingKobo posted...
You'll be fine with any of the R9 series cards.

Any "bottleneck" you'll encounter will be extremely minor at worst. People should only be concerned about really serious bottlenecks when they're dealing with hardware that's several generations old.


So the 290/290x will be fine, without overclocking? I'd rather not get into the whole overclocking thing.
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AMD FX-6300 | Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ | Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600 | MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR
My first gaming rig
#5KingKoboPosted 7/20/2014 8:56:15 PM
ThisGuy101 posted...
KingKobo posted...
You'll be fine with any of the R9 series cards.

Any "bottleneck" you'll encounter will be extremely minor at worst. People should only be concerned about really serious bottlenecks when they're dealing with hardware that's several generations old.


So the 290/290x will be fine, without overclocking? I'd rather not get into the whole overclocking thing.


Yes. You'd only be limited in very few games which are CPU bound.
#6ThisGuy101(Topic Creator)Posted 7/20/2014 8:57:28 PM
KingKobo posted...
ThisGuy101 posted...
KingKobo posted...
You'll be fine with any of the R9 series cards.

Any "bottleneck" you'll encounter will be extremely minor at worst. People should only be concerned about really serious bottlenecks when they're dealing with hardware that's several generations old.


So the 290/290x will be fine, without overclocking? I'd rather not get into the whole overclocking thing.


Yes. You'd only be limited in very few games which are CPU bound.


Alright, thanks.

One more question: 270x Crossfire or single 290?
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AMD FX-6300 | Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ | Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600 | MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR
My first gaming rig
#7KingKoboPosted 7/20/2014 9:06:06 PM
ThisGuy101 posted...
KingKobo posted...
ThisGuy101 posted...
KingKobo posted...
You'll be fine with any of the R9 series cards.

Any "bottleneck" you'll encounter will be extremely minor at worst. People should only be concerned about really serious bottlenecks when they're dealing with hardware that's several generations old.


So the 290/290x will be fine, without overclocking? I'd rather not get into the whole overclocking thing.


Yes. You'd only be limited in very few games which are CPU bound.


Alright, thanks.

One more question: 270x Crossfire or single 290?


Most people recommend the single card because of compatibility issues with crossfire, more heat and power consumption, and ease of upgrading in the future (you could just stick another 290 in and get better scaling whereas 2 more 270x's wouldn't give you anywhere near of a jump)
#8ThisGuy101(Topic Creator)Posted 7/20/2014 9:26:06 PM
KingKobo posted...
ThisGuy101 posted...
KingKobo posted...
ThisGuy101 posted...
KingKobo posted...
You'll be fine with any of the R9 series cards.

Any "bottleneck" you'll encounter will be extremely minor at worst. People should only be concerned about really serious bottlenecks when they're dealing with hardware that's several generations old.


So the 290/290x will be fine, without overclocking? I'd rather not get into the whole overclocking thing.


Yes. You'd only be limited in very few games which are CPU bound.


Alright, thanks.

One more question: 270x Crossfire or single 290?


Most people recommend the single card because of compatibility issues with crossfire, more heat and power consumption, and ease of upgrading in the future (you could just stick another 290 in and get better scaling whereas 2 more 270x's wouldn't give you anywhere near of a jump)


Cool, thanks.

I'm actually seeing some decent used deals on Amazon for one. $300 for one used, in "like new" condition.

After selling the 270x, that'll be $150 invested. Not an awful deal, even if it could go sour if the card is DOA.

I think I'll go with the 290x.
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AMD FX-6300 | Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ | Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600 | MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR
My first gaming rig
#9tiger8191Posted 7/20/2014 9:29:55 PM
Weird. I get 60fps on Alann wake with a 6300/7850.
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#10ThisGuy101(Topic Creator)Posted 7/20/2014 9:37:57 PM
tiger8191 posted...
Weird. I get 60fps on Alann wake with a 6300/7850.


This is maxed out with the draw distance cranked, 8 MXAA, 16 AF, etc.


EVERYTHING is cranked to max, and I funnel between 50 and 60 FPS. For all I know that could have just been the opening sequence. I haven't ran it with fraps since getting into the game. That kills the atmosphere, and Alan Wake is literally my number one game as far as atmosphere goes.
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AMD FX-6300 | Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ | Kingston HyperX 8GB DDR3-1600 | MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR
My first gaming rig