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Hey guys, long time no see biggrin.gif (post?)

Haven't posted anything in a while, I've just started at University about a month ago, and this weekend I will finally be bringing my desktop back with me, and I was thinking about maybe making some changes to it.

The new AMD Never Settle bundle got me thinking about making some changes, and these are the options that I have thought of:


1. Change the GPU to a 7870 or 7950 (£192 - £270)

2. Take a big jump, and make the change to intel (~£275)

3. Change nothing, and get a Nexus 7 (£200)

4. Something else.

5. Save my money as I am a poor student, and wait for Christmas.


I mostly play games like Skyrim, the Total War series, the Trine series, Dawn of War 2, etc.
I've added prices for options 1, 2 and 3, but that is not taking into account the money I would make back by selling the components that I would replace.

What option would you choose and why?
And if option 1 or 2, what specific components would you go with?


Many thanks in advance smile.gif


PS I'm in the UK, so UK sites only please, Overclockers.co.uk appears to have the largest selection of Graphics cards at the moment.
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post #2 of 31
The way i see:
If you go for option 1) You will be most likely bottle necked with your CPU.
If you go for option 3) It's a tablet - would you use it as much as your PC?


Therefore i say you go for option 2) as you gain great performance, and your 6950 will be fine with the addition, building to all round better rig. thumb.gif
post #3 of 31
Option 1. Get a HD 7950 . your CPU is good enough for a single GPU. The HD 7950 overclocks to 1.15 - 1.2 Ghz and would be close to double the performance of the HD 6950. HD 7950 (1.1 Ghz) matches HD 7970 Ghz (1.05 Ghz) . For its price its unbeatable. With 3 free games its an incredible value.

the his iceq hd 7950 has a very good cooler . for 240 bucks amazing deal. make sure your case can fit this card. close to 12 inches length . out of stock. ETA 02/11/12

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7950-review-benchmark,3207.html

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-065-HS&groupid=701&catid=56&subcat=1673
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post #4 of 31
A 6950 should be more than enough for 1680x1050. If anything I would upgrade your monitor.
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post #5 of 31
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Thanks for the replies everyone smile.gif

Huh, I hadn't thought about changing my monitor.
I know nothing about current monitors, what would you recommend?


Thanks again. smile.gif
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post #6 of 31
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Originally Posted by Kyronn94 View Post

Thanks for the replies everyone smile.gif
Huh, I hadn't thought about changing my monitor.
I know nothing about current monitors, what would you recommend?
Thanks again. smile.gif

Total War Shogun 2 is a very demanding game. I don't know how people are suggesting that HD 6950 is enough. I have a HD 6950 2GB and even though its a decent card, the HD 7950 is going to provide much better performance in any game.
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post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

Total War Shogun 2 is a very demanding game. I don't know how people are suggesting that HD 6950 is enough. I have a HD 6950 2GB and even though its a decent card, the HD 7950 is going to provide much better performance in any game.

My 6870 can run it fine. headscratch.gif
post #8 of 31
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Originally Posted by Kyronn94 View Post

Thanks for the replies everyone smile.gif
Huh, I hadn't thought about changing my monitor.
I know nothing about current monitors, what would you recommend?
Thanks again. smile.gif

Depends how much you're looking to spend, but a 1080p/1200p LED anything (LG/Samsung/ASUS) should be great. 6950 is probably overkill for everything at your resolution.
post #9 of 31
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Originally Posted by Davayy View Post

My 6870 can run it fine. headscratch.gif

at what settings.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/57413-amd-12-11-never-settle-driver-performance-10.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/18.html

You would need HD 7950 (1 Ghz) to max out Total War Shogun 2 at 1680 x 1050 with AA and get 60 fps.
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Originally Posted by raghu78 View Post

at what settings.
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/57413-amd-12-11-never-settle-driver-performance-10.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/18.html
You would need HD 7950 (1 Ghz) to max out Total War Shogun 2 at 1680 x 1050 with AA and get 60 fps.
Well not maxxed out, but also not terrible.
I get about 45-50 FPS fairly constant.
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