Well here is the next step in my slowing upgrading bit by bit computer. Current specs are in my signature. If you care to see my previous threads here they are:
Now its once again time to step up the GPU. This time its an XFX R9 280X DD. Initial impressions are that is a pretty awesome looking card that is roughly the length of the 6950, but slightly wider. Install went without a hitch. I am on the computer as I type, and I will do some gaming on it soon. I will update the thread once I get some gaming in. I will also run the benches that I ran in my previous threads to have a reference mark for anyone that want to know my gains, and power usage.
EDIT: Resident evil bench -
Stock HD 6950 - 8024 points
Unlocked shaders and OC'd 6950 - 9261 points
Stock R9 280X - 13136 points
Anyone that wants an older reference, my gtx 460 had 6339 points.
Side by side…the new and the old:
In and ready to rumble: