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As the title says I am looking to upgrade my sigrig to make it a bit more updated and to run more recent games.
The major component I'm considering of purchasing is a new video card and specifically the ASUS Radeon HD 7850 2 GB model which is going for $184.00 (CAD) on:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=052906

Games that I will be playing: (Resolution: 1680 x 1050 or 1360 x 768)
- League of Legends
- Source Games
- BF BC 2 & BF3
- Crysis Games
- Far Cry 3
- Max Payne 3
- Bioshock Games
- Hitman Absolution
- StarCraft 2
- DoTA 2

Aside from games, I'll be using my computer for CAD, video editing, graphics design, and just regular browsing & skype. As of right now, the new video card seems like the best possible upgrade for my rig but I'm also considering an SSD, more RAM, or new soundcard.

My budget is more or less $300 for a new video card, or $300 for a new video card and upgrading another component like RAM or an SSD.

What should I do? Buy a more expensive video card? Buy the 7850 and pick up more RAM and an SSD? Wait for next gen? Any advice would be great. smile.gif
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If I were you I would probably do 7850 and more ram, and ssd really isnt a necessity but is a plus.
 
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If I were you I would probably do 7850 and more ram, and ssd really isnt a necessity but is a plus.

Totally agree. I really like the HD7850 and more ram is always a plus. The SSD would really only help with load times on games, nothing else when it comes to gaming.
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As you only have 4GB of RAM, I would highly prioritize RAM over an SSD. Plus get a new GPU and for $300, preferably a Sapphire 7950 OC. Its quite the performer at 1080p and should be good enough for the mentioned resolutions for some time to come. It will definitely be worth the extra $20.

Hope this helps! thumb.gif
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As you only have 4GB of RAM, I would highly prioritize RAM over an SSD. Plus get a new GPU and for $300, preferably a Sapphire 7950 OC. Its quite the performer at 1080p and should be good enough for the mentioned resolutions for some time to come. It will definitely be worth the extra $20.

Hope this helps! thumb.gif

Absolutely! But if he wants to spend less then $300 then he can get a HD7850 and more ram. biggrin.gif
Edited by IchibahnSLC - 4/3/13 at 5:44pm
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Absolutely! But if he want's to spend less then $300 then he can get a HD7850 and more ram. biggrin.gif
Its not worth it to get 16GB RAM over 8GB if it means sacrificing better performance that he would get with a 7950 over a 7850. A cheap 8GB kit with a frequency of 1600 should be more than sufficient for gaming. Higher speeds or better heatsinks wont show any performance gains other than when benchmarking, which he didnt mention at all in the OP.

On the other hand, a 7950 will show significant difference in FPS when compared to a 7850. He mentioned that he is wiling to spend $300 just for the GPU and spend some more on an SSD or RAM, and I have provided him with the best option for that money staying within his provided conditions.
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Its not worth it to get 16GB RAM over 8GB if it means sacrificing better performance that he would get with a 7950 over a 7850. A cheap 8GB kit with a frequency of 1600 should be more than sufficient for gaming. Higher speeds or better heatsinks wont show any performance gains other than when benchmarking, which he didnt mention at all in the OP.

On the other hand, a 7950 will show significant difference in FPS when compared to a 7850. He mentioned that he is wiling to spend $300 just for the GPU and spend some more on an SSD or RAM, and I have provided him with the best option for that money staying within his provided conditions.

I agree. Just giving him another option. The 7950 IS the best option.
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Originally Posted by HPE1000 View Post

If I were you I would probably do 7850 and more ram, and ssd really isnt a necessity but is a plus.
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Originally Posted by IchibahnSLC View Post

Totally agree. I really like the HD7850 and more ram is always a plus. The SSD would really only help with load times on games, nothing else when it comes to gaming.
Well for everyday use the SSD would be good for booting and it would make the computer feel a lot snappier. Thanks a lot! I'm really feeling like spoiling myself right about now tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by ahnafakeef View Post

As you only have 4GB of RAM, I would highly prioritize RAM over an SSD. Plus get a new GPU and for $300, preferably a Sapphire 7950 OC. Its quite the performer at 1080p and should be good enough for the mentioned resolutions for some time to come. It will definitely be worth the extra $20.

Hope this helps! thumb.gif
Are games really using up a lot of RAM now? Sticks of RAM are pretty cheap to come by now a days anyways. I'm not as up to date as I used to be with video cards, would you say the 7950 is a good cost:performance card? I'm getting tempted to just remove my budget altogether tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by ahnafakeef View Post

Its not worth it to get 16GB RAM over 8GB if it means sacrificing better performance that he would get with a 7950 over a 7850. A cheap 8GB kit with a frequency of 1600 should be more than sufficient for gaming. Higher speeds or better heatsinks wont show any performance gains other than when benchmarking, which he didnt mention at all in the OP.

On the other hand, a 7950 will show significant difference in FPS when compared to a 7850. He mentioned that he is wiling to spend $300 just for the GPU and spend some more on an SSD or RAM, and I have provided him with the best option for that money staying within his provided conditions.
It has been a while since I've upgraded so I might just go all out if it comes down to it tongue.gif Thanks for your input, helped a lot!
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I agree. Just giving him another option. The 7950 IS the best option.
If I were to go with the 7950, any brand that I should steer clear of? I'm looking at Newegg and NCIX right now and I see an XFX for <$300 but I remember back then when XFX wasn't known to be the best video card manufacturer, not sure how they fair now though.
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If I were to go with the 7950, any brand that I should steer clear of? I'm looking at Newegg and NCIX right now and I see an XFX for <$300 but I remember back then when XFX wasn't known to be the best video card manufacturer, not sure how they fair now though.

My XFX is a little noisy but I've had no problem. I think people like the Asus. I personally like Sapphire cards.
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