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August 14, 2013 5:09:08 PM

I will start off by posting my current setup.
Intel i7 2600 (non K) with stock cooler
Asus P8H61-l Mobo
8GB(2x4GB) Kingston Hyper-X Genesis 1600mhz
Corsair 430w Modular PSU
Asus AMD Radeon HD7770 2GB GDDR5 GPU
Node 304 Case with stock fans
64GB Kingston SSD Drive (and 640GB HDD when the time for more space arises)
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
47" LG LCD tv until I can get a 22-24" Monitor

Monitor will be the first step, just waiting on a decent deal for a used one.
My next step is to upgrade the PSU to around 600?watts so I can run everything without worrying about being underpowered.
Next I plan on upgrading the fans on my case 2x 92mm and 1x 140mm? Any reccomendations for best airflow/price ratio.
Not sure where to go after this as I was mostly running games like Path of Exile/Diablo 3 etc fine, but Im interested in trying Farcry 3, Counter Strike GO and some more graphic intensive games and am worried my rig wont be able to keep up. Where to next?!? thanks

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August 14, 2013 5:18:55 PM

A newer graphics card is always going to be the best answer... but the most expensive

What is your budget?
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August 14, 2013 5:20:35 PM

IMO, currently ur rig should be quite fine w/ med or high settings in some pre-2013 games, so I guess u'r worrying about the power of ur rig in next-gen games.

CPU is still powerful so no need to change.

So as RAM, HDD and SSD (except u wanna enlarge ur SSD)

Without changing ur PSU, u could go for HD 7850 or GTX 650 ti boost but the improvement may not be too obvious if u have too high expectation on these gfx. Anyway HD 7850 or GTX 650 ti boost is way better off than ur 7770.

But if u'r targeting HD 7950 or GTX 760 a 600W PSU is a kind of essence. Also adding some case fans is a good idea. Corsair CX 600 or CX 600M or XFX 650W PSU will be a good choice.
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August 14, 2013 5:23:42 PM

depending on what res you are running, upgrading your video card might not be worth it. i would get a monitor first, then worry about psu and gpu.
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August 14, 2013 5:30:49 PM

I haven't installed the 7770 yet as I just bought it for 105$ the cheapest I've found the 7850 is around 190ish? is the extra 90$ worth the difference it will make? as I will most likely never play above 1080p
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August 15, 2013 1:29:24 AM

a 7850 has nearly double the performance of a 7770 for nearly double the price so is similar value and at 1920 x 1080 I would say is worth it. At the moment the GTX 560Ti boost & GTX 760 tend to be better value than AMD cards around the same price. When it comes to gaming even if you got a 7850 it would still be the weakest part of the PC and the next thing to upgrade.
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August 15, 2013 1:31:16 AM

Hansen340 said:
I haven't installed the 7770 yet as I just bought it for 105$ the cheapest I've found the 7850 is around 190ish? is the extra 90$ worth the difference it will make? as I will most likely never play above 1080p


Where are you looking at GPU's a 7870 is only 200 here in the U.S.A?
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August 15, 2013 6:20:17 AM

You definitely want a GTX 760 or HD 7950. It's a lot of money, but if you're looking to play the most recent games on High settings at 1080p, your money is well spent.
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August 15, 2013 6:48:27 AM

Sorry I just noticed where my last post said 560Ti boost I mean't 650Ti boost
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August 15, 2013 8:56:51 AM

Thanks for the help everyone, I wasn't aware the 7770 was that low. I'm going to return it and try find a PSU so I can get a better card.
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August 24, 2013 9:49:27 AM

sorry to revive the dead thread but I wanted to know if my video card is still going to by my weakest point

Intel i7 2600 (non K) with stock cooler
Asus P8H61-l Mobo
8GB(2x4GB) Kingston Hyper-X Genesis 1600mhz
Corsair 600w Modular PSU
Gigabyte HD7950 3GB video card
Node 304 Case with stock fans
64GB Kingston SSD Drive and 640GB HDD
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
22" HP IPS LED Monitor 7MS (22BW)
Razer Deathadder mouse and Logitech G710 keyboard.

where to go next?
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August 24, 2013 10:32:22 AM

Hansen340 said:
sorry to revive the dead thread but I wanted to know if my video card is still going to by my weakest point

Intel i7 2600 (non K) with stock cooler
Asus P8H61-l Mobo
8GB(2x4GB) Kingston Hyper-X Genesis 1600mhz
Corsair 600w Modular PSU
Gigabyte HD7950 3GB video card
Node 304 Case with stock fans
64GB Kingston SSD Drive and 640GB HDD
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
22" HP IPS LED Monitor 7MS (22BW)
Razer Deathadder mouse and Logitech G710 keyboard.

where to go next?


Looks like a balanced system to me. You should overclock the mess out of your new video card, though :) 
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August 25, 2013 5:37:56 PM

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