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Should I Upgrade from MSI HD 2GB 6950?

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I've had my MSI HD 6950 2GB Twn Frzr III for over a year now. As I've gotten older, I don't game nearly as much. I might play Blacklight: Retribution, Minecraft, The Sims 3, and Skyrim but that's mostly it. And I'm content with how this handles those games.

But now that games like FarCry 3, Metro Last Light, GTA V (especially GTA V!) etc are coming out, I'm thinking about upgrading.

-I've got Windows 7 32bit with 4gb of Ram. Should I switch to 64 bit and get 8gb of Ram, or is that still overkill these days?
-How much is a used 6950 worth?
-And what should I get that isn't a super expensive $500 card, but is a reasonably powerful card that's over $200?

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post #2 of 5
Your HD 6950 is probably around 150$ on the used market.


If you want a powerful card for 500$, you might want to wait the end of the month for the GTX 770 release. It is suppose to be around 5-10% faster than a GTX 680 and priced at around 450$ +


But if you want, you can always get a

  • used GTX 680 for around 400$ (New for 500$+)
  • used GTX 670 for around 300$ (New for around 385$)
  • used HD 7970 for around 350$ (New for around 420$ )
  • used HD 7950 for around 250$ (New for around 300$ )




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The NVIDIA 700 series will be out very soon. Prices of older cards will drop and you should be able to get a very good deal on a GTX 670/680 or HD 7950/7970.

8 GB of RAM are a good investment these days. I'd switch to a 64-bit OS.
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The NVIDIA 700 series will be out very soon. Prices of older cards will drop and you should be able to get a very good deal on a GTX 670/680 or HD 7950/7970.

8 GB of RAM are a good investment these days. I'd switch to a 64-bit OS.

What's the best way to switch to 64 bit? I'd rather not reinstall Windows 7. Would upgrading to Windows 8 64bit be considerably easier?

Can you guys tell me which of those cards (GTX 670/680 or HD 7950/7970) would be best for GTA V? Do people still debate on 1/2/4gb cards? It's been awhile since I've lasted checked the specs of cards and what people recommend.
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For single card, I would prefer a HD 7970 with 3GB Vram. (384bit). The HD 7970 will be the best bang for your buck. You can always crossfire it in the near future.

The GTX 770 is basically a GTX 680 refresh and will come with the exact same specs but with a little higher clocks. It will still be 2GB at 256bit.

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