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post #11 of 17
a used 7950. I got mine for $240 shipped.
    
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I would upgrade the CPU, motherboard, RAM, and PSU before I would replace the GPU. Hit up Microcenter for a 2500k, z77 mobo, and 8gb of RAM with that budget.
post #13 of 17
Even if your CPU will bottleneck the graphic card, the price gap difference is too little. I don't know if you are planning to upgrade the CPU, but you can get cheap sandy bridge mobo/cpu combo on the market place.
Either way the 7950 is far more future proof than the 7850 with a minimal price difference. Just wait for the good deal and grab one. Don't rush - no need to. Wait until you see the price you want to spend on a graphic card and get it.
270$ was a steal for me and even more considering it came with 3 games!
And this is not cheap bad games: Hit man absolution (to be released), sleeping dogs and far cry 3 (to be released)!

AMD promotion is quite strong lately...
www.amd.com/neversettlepromo
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post #14 of 17
A reference 7870 is about ~10% slower than a reference 7950. Catalyst 12.11 beta really benefited this Pitcairn chip more so than any other Southern Islander. For $200-250, I'd recommend this but if it were I in the market strictly for a 7870; it'd be this one

Although, you should consider factoring in an additional $60 and make the move to a 7950 particularly this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125414
Edited by Bruennis - 11/11/12 at 1:20am
post #15 of 17
slickdeals is your friend please sir.

http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?firstonly=1&q=7950

definitely within your price budget comfortably if you wait for the deal to roll around like the tide
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post #16 of 17
7950! you will upgrade in future anyway, you will make big mistake if you get 7870, many people think they are close, but when overclocked in intensive games, the 7950 is alot faster.
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a used 7950 would be great for now and for down the road when you get a bigger lcd and a better cpu.
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