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I currently have a radeon 7750 and it performs fairly well considering what it is. I recently got an FX 6300 and overclocked it to 4.5GHz. Now that I did that I've been wanting more power out of my computer especially since games will only be getting even more demanding. I've been thinking about getting a Readon 7850, but I'm a little worried that my Seasonic 430w psu can't handle the load. Would upgrading to a 7850 from a 7750 be worth the cost, or should I wait for the 8000 series to come out and buy a higher end 7000 series card since they will be a lot cheaper?

Here are links to my psu and the gpu I want to get.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151074
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102999

Edit: After some more thinking do you think a 7950 could be ran on a 430w psu, or maybe a 7870 with a psu upgrade?
Edited by Ballard - 5/13/13 at 5:23am
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A 7950 would work fine with that PSU with some room for overclocking it a bit thumb.gif

If you're looking at the nvidia side of things, the 660TI is a perfect card, runs cool, overclocks well, and uses less power.
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A 660Ti could be good. I could even save a few dollars instead of getting a 7950. I'm just a little wary of going back to Nvidia after what happened with my GTX 480. I couldn't game with it because the drivers kept crashing. It got to the point where even when my system was idle the drivers would crash several times then blue screened. I sent the card in for a replacement, but unfortunately that didn't fix the problem. Which is how I ended up with my 7750. This was awhile back though. Do you know if Nvidia fixed this in their drivers? I haven't read up on it since then, but I do know a lot of people were having this issue with Nvidia and AMD cards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202026
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Your PSU is adequate to drive a Radeon HD 7850 with some room left. Heck, you can even run a HD 7870 / GTX 660 Ti or maybe an HD 7970 if you so please, but I'd stay between GTX 660 Ti / HD 7870 at most even tho the PSU you've is a quality unit. thumb.gif
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A 660Ti could be good. I could even save a few dollars instead of getting a 7950. I'm just a little wary of going back to Nvidia after what happened with my GTX 480. I couldn't game with it because the drivers kept crashing. It got to the point where even when my system was idle the drivers would crash several times then blue screened. I sent the card in for a replacement, but unfortunately that didn't fix the problem. Which is how I ended up with my 7750. This was awhile back though. Do you know if Nvidia fixed this in their drivers? I haven't read up on it since then, but I do know a lot of people were having this issue with Nvidia and AMD cards.

NVIDIA's drivers for the current GTX 600-series have been quite solid.

They also use a different chip architecture now (Kepler) than they did back in the 400-series days (Fermi), so I don't believe that you would face any of those issues were you to get a GTX 660 Ti.
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I'm stuck between the 660ti and 7870. They both seem like great cards. Moneywise I think I'm feeling the 7870 more. They're both fairly close to the same performance from the benchmarks I looked at.

I'm kind of iffy on the rebate though. I've never had any luck with them lol... I do like that it comes with 3 free games, so even if the rebate doesn't come through there's always that.
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