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GTX 770, GTX 780, 290x, or 290: Which GPU has the best overall quality (not just gaming)?

To start my current components are as follows:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
i7-3770k
G. Skill Ripjaws X 16GB
Samsung SSD and Seagate HDD
Also a Corsair 750W

So right now I'm having a huge internal debate on which direction to go for my new graphics card. I would like to be at the high end of gaming for a couple of years, but I also want to do substantial amounts of video editing for film. I'm fairly experienced in regards to computer parts, but I have had real trouble with deciding between these options. If I'm looking for the best overall for gaming, recording, film-making, CAD work, Adobe Editing, etc. I will say price is not really a deciding factor as I'm willing to splurge for the quality. Also, I am considering overclocking as I know that can be a contributing factor.
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  1. The R9 290x wins, here.
  2. It really depends on monitor resolution where a GTX770 handles 1080P fine.
  3. I will be mainly operating in 1080p
  4. The R9 290X is the most powerful gaming card out of the list, with the R9 290 behind it. The GTX 780 is nice but is really only offering features more than it is power. The 770 I would almost recommend against, since VRAM usage in games is about to hit over 2.1GB in 1080p if I recall. I might be wrong, but if you want to future proof the GPU, the 770 isn't that great of a card for it.

    For editing, I remember somebody testing his HD 7770 and GTX 770 in Sony Vegas. Shockingly enough, the 7770 was faster with OpenCL than the 770 was with CUDA.

    For features, the GTX 780 and 770 both have Shadowplay, which is absolutely amazing for recording. If that's more of your concern, it's so far my favorite recording program, because the performance hit is so minimal and you have passive recording. That was a huge contributing factor for me when I bought the 780, asides from AMD's inflation.
  5. From what I remember the R9 series is very good at non-gaming tasks and much better than it's nvidia counter parts. I'm not 100% sure though, so take it with a grain of salt. Just look up some comprehensive GPU benchmarks or reviews. They should have samples of AMD and NVIDIA cards with non-gaming benchmarks also. Then you can decide for yourself.
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    I agree with the R9 290X but furthermore the Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJOKARI.

    The Sapphire Tri-X is the best model on the market as of now but it's a very long card.
  7. You need to check if your video software supports CUDA and decide accordingly.

    I'm surprised you didn't include the GTX 780 Ti since it's in the 290X price range these days. That's the one to get if you can afford it.
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