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#1 Miek

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 09:50 PM

I've been pondering upgrading my GPU and my RAM, though I believe my CPU should be fine for a while. I've been out of the loop with the computer world for a while now, and I feel somewhat lost when looking at all the new hardware. What GPU and how much RAM would be reasonable? I'm currently playing a lot of Guild Wars 2 and Borderlands 2, and I do notice losses in performance for both games when I try to play on higher detail settings.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 10:18 PM

What are your current specs?

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:18 AM

Looks like this is his specs. He wants us to work for it Capy!

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But I didn't see the answer to the next question in his profile, which is ...how much is he willing to spend on a video card? :dunno:

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:23 AM

And a store of his preference..

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 10:28 PM

Oh snap! I forgot that the specs weren't in my signature any more. My apologies.

I'd go as high as $300 CAD for a video card, and would use Newegg.ca.

Edited by Miek, 04 October 2012 - 10:30 PM.


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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:29 AM

You could grab a 7950 then and it would make a great GPU.
However I would suggest getting a 7850 instead and an SSD for a new boot drive. Not sure what cooler you have but if its stock you may squeeze a 212+ in too and really give your whole system an upgrade.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:52 AM

You could grab a 7950 then and it would make a great GPU.
However I would suggest getting a 7850 instead and an SSD for a new boot drive. Not sure what cooler you have but if its stock you may squeeze a 212+ in too and really give your whole system an upgrade.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:41 PM

I would get a 7870 GHz edition over a 7950 Core edition.

A 7850 + SSD would be a great combo if you can fit it in the budget. Though if you can't don't beat yourself up, you can always add the SSD later.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:24 PM

7870? At least here in Australia I have never seen the point in them. They sit only a few fps above the 7850 but cost nearly a $100 more.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:34 PM

7870? At least here in Australia I have never seen the point in them. They sit only a few fps above the 7850 but cost nearly a $100 more.

You Aussie's have fine women to compensate for your crappy video card prices!

7870 Ghz Edition - $290 with $15 rebate (so $275)
7850 (Comparable) - $230

Right now AMD is playing games with their SKUs. It is better to go with a GHz edition than a Core edition unless you are strapped for funds. I'm not a fan of these games AMD is playing right now, but the fact is they own market below $300 and maybe even a bit above.

Edited by Fogel, 05 October 2012 - 01:35 PM.


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Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:50 PM

Ahhh the women and the beaches... summer is coming :)

Hmmm that does not sound cool. However you are saying that the $290 7870ghz is better than the $290 7950core? Benches somewhere? I am interested to know more.
and yeah AMD kinda has the sub $300 market by the balls haha

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 02:04 PM

Ahhh the women and the beaches... summer is coming :)

Hmmm that does not sound cool. However you are saying that the $290 7870ghz is better than the $290 7950core? Benches somewhere? I am interested to know more.
and yeah AMD kinda has the sub $300 market by the balls haha

I am saying AMD is playing games with their SKUs. The Core editions aren't worth the money so if you were to buy a 7950 it is better to buy a non-"core edition" than a core edition. I'm not going to say a 7870 Ghz model is faster than a 7950 (Core Edition or not), I'm just saying AMD is muddying up the waters with their SKUs. I wouldn't buy a core edition and the only 7950 the OP has a chance at affording is a "core edition".

Its weekend time so I'm gonna leave ya to do the research on this, sorry! I'm bored of this place and I typically don't surf the net from home.