Hey thanks for your response DJB! I actually had another thread that after a while I thought no one was going to respond to because of a poor topic, so I made this one. Then of course people started helping me in that thread! BUT I'd still like to see what you think of my decision and I had a question about my current power supply and if it would be good enough for this card. The card I went with was the Radeon R9 280, you have my other system specs above, but my power supply is a: Thermaltake TR2 RX-550 (ATX12v2.2)
I believe someone confirmed that it should work ok, but I'm really worried about my CPU and/or Motherboard overheating. Right now they both get up to and a bit over 100c when I'm running a game even with the 120mm 3000RPM 133.60CFM fan I'm replacing. (it still works, but it keeps screeching through the night hence the replace) and with the fact that side of the case is actually open although close to a wall. It's open though because my case sucks, has hardly any vents, can't take much air in from the front because it's blocked by metal decks (You can click here and see what I'm talking about) and the side fan is broke.. though I just ordered a new side fan as well and am HOPING I can then try to put the case back on. lol that was a mouthful. I don't think there is much advice you can give me at this point other than say my stuff is gonna melt or that it's normal and not to worry about it. Heh
NOW DJB, on to your questions and into the fun stuff! I picked the card with a $200 budget. I don't expect to max out the settings on games or anything, but I'd like to safely play them at mid level settings. Thing don't have to look perfect though. I at least like to TRY out most of the BIG new releases but generally get the games like the Mass Effect series, the Dragon Age series (DEF. want to play the new one when I get it!!), usually I get bored with FPS's after doing the same thing for a while, but I notice I've enjoyed the Dead Space games quite a bit and it is a FPS. Anyway, the Batman games were pretty cool too.. well I only got in to the first one. Right now I'm playing Middle Earch SoM and the origional Dragon Age actually:)
Soooo I can obviously play those games happily! Most aren't set on high settings and some are using the lowest. I'm aware games are only getting more graphic intense though, hence the upgrade. Unfortunately I can't afford to upgrade anything else for a while though. So what do ya think? Think I'll notice a difference? Or am I doomed by the CPU slowing me down too much or something melting? I'm pretty much crossing my fingers at this point. One more thing I should mention.. I had no idea what the temps. were during these years playing these games.. I only checked out of curiosity and with the two games I told ya I'm playing now. Even the old 2009 D.A. brings em up to 100c. So maybe I shouldn't have checked!
Ok I'm really starting to feel like I'm taking up WAY to much of any readers time so I'm outa here. Thanks so much for any advice or feedback!
P.S. Just had a thought.. my brother has a Radeon HD 6850 not being used. Instead of this upgrade.. with his and mine could I have used crossfire and put them both in? Would that be better?? BUT I'm sure my motherboard wouldn't allow it or something. Sounds too good to be true lol