Please help me finalize my new rig! GTX 760 or R9 290

debear

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Hello,

I'm building a new PC and am having a very hard time choosing between the Nvidia's GTX 760 and AMD's R9 290 gfx cards. I've done a ton of research and browsed countless forums but am still having a tough time making the final choice. Hopefully someone can finalize my thoughts for me. I know the 290 outperforms, but I'm worried about overheating and noise as I have no interest in buying an add on cooling system. I don't have a super picky eye for finer graphic details in the first place, only that this rig will compete with new gen consoles in terms of a consistent and solid fps at 1080p. I only really want to spend between $600-$800 and here's what I've compiled so far:

Cpu: Intel Core i5 4690k 3.5 ghz ~$210

Mobo: Asus H81M-PLUS / Socket LGA1150 / Intel H81 Chipset MicroATX ~$70

Ram: ADATA XPG / DDR3 1600mhz / 2x 4GB sticks ~$75

Psu: Corsair CX 750W ~$60

SSD: ADATA Premier Pro SP600 128GB ~$60

Case: Cougar Solution Black Steel ~$25

GPU?:
Asus Geforce GTX 760 / 2GB GDDR5 ~$190

or

MSI Radeon R9 290 ~$280

(rebates included in pricing)

I guess I'm wondering if it's really worth the extra $100 or so for the R9 290, or will I be satisfied with the 760. I hear poor things about AMD card longevity but then again I've never used an AMD card before. I just want my system to last as long as possible, because I don't like to upgrade my parts until they break. Not worried about keeping up with the latest and greatest.

I play a huge variety of games from indies to AAA and just want no hiccups with new gen visuals.

Thanks in advance
 

sla70r

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Between those two , the 290 easy. I would save up and wait a tad longer for the 340 for the 970. As that way you get to stay with Nvidia and you will be future proofing for a bit longer.
 

debear

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Thanks for the input. Will the processor I chose bottleneck the 970?
 
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