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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
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
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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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.

8GB of RAM is more than enough for current games. RAM is cheap but unnecessary. Unless you want to keep 50 tabs open on a browser while playing games 16GB is a waste.

The 7950 is THE BEST price/performance card at the moment. XFX is the brand to avoid due to some issues with the cooling. The best 7950 would be the one I linked you to in an earlier post.

The Sapphire 7950 has a very good custom cooler and unlocked voltage, both of which increases overclockability. At 1.0-1.1 GHz on the core, you should see performance similar to 7970s. All that for that price just cant be beaten.

Also, if money is not an issue, get an SSD (but not before GPU or RAM). Preferably a Samsung 840 Pro. They come in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB variants. One of the best SSDs in the market right now, if not THE best that is.
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8GB of RAM is more than enough for current games. RAM is cheap but unnecessary. Unless you want to keep 50 tabs open on a browser while playing games 16GB is a waste.

The 7950 is THE BEST price/performance card at the moment. XFX is the brand to avoid due to some issues with the cooling. The best 7950 would be the one I linked you to in an earlier post.

The Sapphire 7950 has a very good custom cooler and unlocked voltage, both of which increases overclockability. At 1.0-1.1 GHz on the core, you should see performance similar to 7970s. All that for that price just cant be beaten.

Also, if money is not an issue, get an SSD (but not before GPU or RAM). Preferably a Samsung 840 Pro. They come in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB variants. One of the best SSDs in the market right now, if not THE best that is.
5 years ago when I first made this computer 4 GB was more than enough. tongue.gif But I have started seeing my resource usage increase quite a bit recently. I don't multitask a lot, but it would be nice to have the peace of mind I guess.

Sounds like a great deal, I'll definitely consider the Sapphire 7950 when I do plan to make my purchase. tongue.gif Nothing from Nvidia is competing with it?
Of course, it'll be a later upgrade maybe there will be summer sales coming up.

Thanks a lot! I have a better idea of how I should go about upgrading. smile.gif
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I'd say GTX 660 Superclocked and another 4 gigs of RAM, if you prefer AMD then you should go for a 7870, I think it comes with some free games right now (Crysis 3 and bioshock infinite?) An SSD will not make as noticeable of an improvement:thumb:
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I'd say GTX 660 Superclocked and another 4 gigs of RAM, if you prefer AMD then you should go for a 7870, I think it comes with some free games right now (Crysis 3 and bioshock infinite?) An SSD will not make as noticeable of an improvement:thumb:
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Have you ever used an SSD? I know it doesnt help games really, but the whole computer acts 10x better with one, trust me.

True that!
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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
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
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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Originally Posted by JonC04 View Post

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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5 years ago when I first made this computer 4 GB was more than enough. tongue.gif But I have started seeing my resource usage increase quite a bit recently. I don't multitask a lot, but it would be nice to have the peace of mind I guess.

Sounds like a great deal, I'll definitely consider the Sapphire 7950 when I do plan to make my purchase. tongue.gif Nothing from Nvidia is competing with it?
Of course, it'll be a later upgrade maybe there will be summer sales coming up.

Thanks a lot! I have a better idea of how I should go about upgrading. smile.gif

If you think you need it you should definitely get 16GB of RAM. Its just that it wont be required for just gaming.

At that price point nvidia has nothing to compete with. To get performance equal to an overclocked 7950, you need at least an overclocked 670 which are $400 apiece.
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I'd say GTX 660 Superclocked and another 4 gigs of RAM, if you prefer AMD then you should go for a 7870, I think it comes with some free games right now (Crysis 3 and bioshock infinite?) An SSD will not make as noticeable of an improvement:thumb:
Ahh, a green option! smile.gif I really don't have a preference. I've only had Nvidia cards but I'm open to either. Like the majority I'm just looking for the best cost/performance. Oh, the 7800s come with Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider and if you get a 7900 it's Bioshock Infinite and Crysis 3. Thanks for the suggestion! I'll look into the GTX 660 SC and check what the prices are in Canada.
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Have you ever used an SSD? I know it doesnt help games really, but the whole computer acts 10x better with one, trust me.
I know! I put an SSD in my 6 year old laptop and it feels much faster and responsive.
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If you think you need it you should definitely get 16GB of RAM. Its just that it wont be required for just gaming.

At that price point nvidia has nothing to compete with. To get performance equal to an overclocked 7950, you need at least an overclocked 670 which are $400 apiece.
16 GB would be kind of overkill. I'm not sure how I would go about upgrading my RAM due to my cooler (Prolimatech Megahalem) covering 2 slots but I'm sure I could raise the fan a bit to fit new sticks in.
Ahh I see, well I'm definitely more motivated to spend extra for longevity if the 7950 is as good as everyone says it is.
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Ahh, a green option! smile.gif I really don't have a preference. I've only had Nvidia cards but I'm open to either. Like the majority I'm just looking for the best cost/performance. Oh, the 7800s come with Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider and if you get a 7900 it's Bioshock Infinite and Crysis 3. Thanks for the suggestion! I'll look into the GTX 660 SC and check what the prices are in Canada.
I know! I put an SSD in my 6 year old laptop and it feels much faster and responsive.
16 GB would be kind of overkill. I'm not sure how I would go about upgrading my RAM due to my cooler (Prolimatech Megahalem) covering 2 slots but I'm sure I could raise the fan a bit to fit new sticks in.
Ahh I see, well I'm definitely more motivated to spend extra for longevity if the 7950 is as good as everyone says it is.

Get a set of low profile ram. That should fit.
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Get a set of low profile ram. That should fit.
True, any suggestions on brands? Or any brands I should watch out for?

Only low-profile ones I see available at my local store are Corsair Vegeance and Corsair XMS3 Classics. From previous builds it hasn't really mattered what brand of memory I've gotten they all do their job. So I'm going to assume it's still the same.
Edited by JonC04 - 4/3/13 at 8:32pm
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Not really, ram is ram pretty much, as long as it isnt some random brand you are fine.
 
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