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Old October 8, 2013, 04:46 PM
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Default AMD Radeon 7870 or AMD Radeon 7950? $210 Newegg.ca Gift Card to Spend

Forced to buy from Newegg.ca and I'm wondering which one to go for, simply because Newegg prices are terrible. But having a $210 gift card to burn though, well I'm forced to buy there. I said I'm leaning towards the 7950 in the R9 comment thread, but after tax before MIR, the XFX version is around $270. That's quite a lot of money.. The 7870 is more in my budget, but it ain't as crazy good as the 7950. There is no 7950 replacement either, which makes the 7950 that much more special.

Note I'm buying the GPU to burn that $210. I don't game nearly enough to warrant a new GPU, so if you guys have another suggestion on how to spend that $210, I'm all ears.
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Old October 8, 2013, 06:00 PM
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Buy a bigger SSD? or buy a nice new case, or a new 24 inch monitor so you have dual monitors.
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Old October 8, 2013, 06:29 PM
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Old October 8, 2013, 07:45 PM
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Honestly your computer is pretty well rounded...your GPU is the weakest link IMO, but if you don't game that much I am sure you could figure something else out. Blueray drive/mouse/keyboard/speakers? New CPU cooler? There are some GTX 650Ti boost 1GB at newegg for $135-150 (less after MIR). That would be a noticeable, but not overkill upgrade and leave you a few $ for another small item.

Newegg.ca - EVGA 01G-P4-3655-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card

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Newegg.ca - MSI N650ti-1GD5/OC BE GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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Old October 8, 2013, 08:15 PM
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Buy a bigger SSD? or buy a nice new case, or a new 24 inch monitor so you have dual monitors.
I didn't even fill up my SSD... Lol. I got no space for a large dual monitor setup because my table design is stupid, and no I'm not gonna junk it xD. I am already dual screening with a Sharp 17" monitor though.

Is a new case important? I thought cases are just there to protect the components.

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Honestly your computer is pretty well rounded...your GPU is the weakest link IMO, but if you don't game that much I am sure you could figure something else out. Blueray drive/mouse/keyboard/speakers? New CPU cooler? There are some GTX 650Ti boost 1GB at newegg for $135-150 (less after MIR). That would be a noticeable, but not overkill upgrade and leave you a few $ for another small item.
Ya that's the problem. It's already "so good" aside from the GPU. Isn't the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO one of the best coolers on the market already? If it's a new GPU, I'm getting AMD. Those prices are just way tooooooo good. The way I see it, with a 7950, I'm all set for probably a good 5 years as I'll continue to game at 1080P.
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A 7950 is a great deal right now. I didn't see that you had a hyper 212. Maybe just hold out for newegg to have a better price on a 7950.
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7870 is a great card, yes the 7950 is more powerful but a good 7870 easily catches up to it, and the new R9 series look very promising I would go for the R9 card even if it costs a tad more as they have some very nice ones out there from Asus, MSI, Sapphire as far as cooling and clocking potential. course I also have a great 7870 that overclocks and declocks like a champ, yes the 7950 has a wider bus though beyond this there is not a massive difference between a 7870, 7870LE and a 7950 in nearly all games/apps. If I had the coin the $299 280x would be in my hands right now.
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Old October 9, 2013, 08:20 PM
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A 7950 is a great deal right now. I didn't see that you had a hyper 212. Maybe just hold out for newegg to have a better price on a 7950.
That's what I'm trying to do. But NCIX has the XFX 7950 Dual Fan right now for $220 before MIR. The cheapest at Newegg is $250 before MIR, $240 after MIR.

Maybe I'll just build my sister a new Intel based PC... Threw a SSD into her what used to be my AMD Phenom II set up and it's still "horribly slow". Such an Intel setup won't be cheap though..
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