My XFX Radeon 7950 is faulty and I want a new card. I like the looks of the 290. Is it worth the money for gaming at 1080p?
Is it worth upgrading the Ram from 8GB 1333mhz to 16GB 1600mhz as well?
My CPU is an overclocked AMD 8320. --- Liverpool Football Club You'll Never Walk Alone
#2Freedan12Posted 8/21/2014 2:46:53 AM
Seeing as you can pick up a used r9 290 for $300ish, it's too good of a deal to pass up.
For ram, no. You won't notice the difference between 1333MHz vs 1600MHz and if you only game, 8GB of ram is more than enough for now.
#3The_Count_FooPosted 8/21/2014 2:47:45 AM
16GB of ram is a waste for gaming/general use. 8 GB of ram is plenty. The 290 is also a great card, just don't get a used one that's been beaten to death mining. --- Divided by night...
#4Pengu1nPosted 8/21/2014 3:28:24 AM
If you can get the 16gb cheap enough now i'd say get it the speed of the RAM only matters with APU's. It's better to get it now at the price that it is in case the prices shoot up in the future.
When i bought the RAM for mine i paid around £48 for 8GB then i the space of a week the price went up to £58. Amazon currently has the same RAM for £59.
Besides you might not need 16gb now but the way i see it is future proofing a game might come out that needs it and at least you have it because if you didn't and had to buy it who knows how much it would cost at the time. --- FX 6300, HYPER 212 EVO, 16GB DDR3, 7870 GHZ 2GB, 2TB HDD, 64 GB SATA III SSD, 12X BLU RAY, 750W PSU, X-FI FATAL1TY,WINDOWS 7
#5cuteboi100Posted 8/21/2014 3:52:19 AM
By the time a game needs 6GB of RAM there's going to be DDR4, there's no game that requires more than 4GB at the moment. And if you're looking to spend around $450 there's no card better than the 290, it has more Vram than the 780, a larger memory bus width, similar performance and its $100 cheaper. Just don't get a reference model R9 290, they're loud and run way too hot.
I went from a 7950 to reference 290 myself last year in November after I had upgrade my monitor to 2560x1440. When that died ASUS sent me a 290 Direct CUII OC . If you don't really need the card at the moment it might be worth it to wait for the 880 to come out and see what that offers. --- Attack Jet - Division 1 (World) | Fighter Jet - Division 1 (World) Fighter Jet - Division 1 (Toronto), Rank #5
#6godplaysSNESPosted 8/21/2014 3:58:41 AM
The neat thing with RAM is that it's easy to just add more. If the RAM is cheap, you might as well fill all the slots directly, but you can always do that years afterwards as well (older RAM tends to get expensive when the new standard is released however).
RAM speed doesn't really matter for gaming if you're not using integrated graphics. --- Super Mario Kart is the single best Mario Kart ever!
#7RoyInTheKop(Topic Creator)Posted 8/21/2014 6:57:28 AM
Thanks everyone. I'll keep the current RAM and I'll buy the R9 290 in the next week or so. --- Liverpool Football Club You'll Never Walk Alone