Originally Posted by hotwheels1997
1)Yes,i've been considering that but a jump from 1680x1050 to 1920x1080 doesn't justify the price.The only good upgrade would be 2560x1440 but that is hell expensive.That's why i haven't bought a new monitor yet.
2)SSD - that's a good idea,a new HDD would be benefitial too - i use 500gb sata 2, 4 years old hdd from Hitachi
SSD - 128GB should suffice for BF4 mainly ,windows and some programs?
3)Why do you guys say side-grade? What's the clock for clock difference between the 7950 and r9 280x? I'm not asking for myself now,i decided to wait ,but for a friend.He's in the market for a new GPU and the 7950 is twice cheaper. Average OC for a 7950 is 1100mhz on the core I think,how would this compare to a 1100mhz r9 280x?
1) It's a small jump, but a 7950 will max out (constant 60FPS) any game at 1680x1050 res. You have to move to 1440p or 1080p 120Hz to justify getting more power than your 7950, otherwise it's pretty much just wasted money.
2) SSD is a nice upgrade. Boot up and reboots literally take seconds and applications load super quick, I'm always the first to load for any online game I play.
3) A 1050-1075mhz 7950 is equal to a 1000mhz 7970/280x. They are almost the same performance hence the side-grade comment. The only upgrade is to buy a 2nd 7950 or a 7970/280x to crossfire with your 7950. There is also the R9-290, but it's best to wait for non-reference coolers unless you wanna go the watercooling route.
Note: Watercooling is expensive initially, but you eventually just change out the GPU blocks, so it's more of a long-term investment.