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August 30, 2013 7:06:07 AM

Hi,

Built my new system a year ago and the pretty much the only thing i didnt improve was the graphics card.

I knew i was going to get a new one in time but didnt really need one at the time with games i was playing.

Now with ARMA 3 loaded up and Rome2 coming as well as possibly more demanding games next year, im in need of an upgrade. ARMA3 especially struggles to get above 30fps on standard settings and i want to increase the draw distance.

Currently i play CK2, civ5, sim city, rfactor2, but looking to more demanding games in the future as i wont be getting a new console.

Intel i5 3450
650w PSU
8gb RAM
120gb SSD + other hard drive
gigabyte z77 motherboard
windows 7

current graphics card: HD radeon 4550 or some numbers close to this. bought for about £40 2-3 years ago.

I also have a fairly small monitor 20inch 1366x768 res

Graphics card would have to be compatible with monitor upgrade although not for a while.

I am not bothered about maxing out any games, but want to get the best value graphics card for my system and games, looking to spend under £100 but would stretch if the value was worth it.

thanks

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August 30, 2013 7:07:03 AM

forgot to say my current card is 1gb
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August 30, 2013 7:26:40 AM

thanks, i already read that..

it seems the 7770 is good option for me..

what im totally confused about is all the variations with different manufacturers and options

it says to get GDDR5 but on amazon this isnt specified.

im guessing i want 2gb as well? what makes are good and what should i stay away from?
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August 30, 2013 7:48:17 AM

there seems to be a big difference between 1gb and 2gb is it worth getting 2, considering my current is 1gb i though i would upgrade that

also is saphire any good, asus better?

and also saw this one...whats wrong with it? http://www.ebuyer.com/538384-msi-amd-hd7790-1050mhaz-60...
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August 30, 2013 8:00:29 AM

All HD 7770s come with GDDR5, and 2GB would be a waste of money better spent on an HD 7790 1GB, which I thoroughly recommend.
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August 30, 2013 8:02:27 AM

dgcbev said:
there seems to be a big difference between 1gb and 2gb is it worth getting 2, considering my current is 1gb i though i would upgrade that

also is saphire any good, asus better?

and also saw this one...whats wrong with it? http://www.ebuyer.com/538384-msi-amd-hd7790-1050mhaz-60...


Doesn't appear to be anything wrong with it. If i were you, I'd get it.
You'll get varying opinions of course, but with AMD cards, I believe Sapphire is
the best overall Mfg.

Yes, the 2g vram is preferable. Several gamers have posted on here that they are using
1.7g of vram with some games, and as new games come out, I'm sure many will utilize 2g or more.
GDDR5 is much faster vram than GDDR3.


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August 30, 2013 8:25:43 AM

is MSI a good make? new reviews for that card worries me

it also says OC edition, what does this mean?

its a 2gb 7790 and its nearly £20 cheaper than the 7770 asus 2gb version

its even cheaper than the saphire 1gb 7790 by £10

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August 30, 2013 8:34:53 AM

dgcbev said:
is MSI a good make? new reviews for that card worries me

it also says OC edition, what does this mean?

its a 2gb 7790 and its nearly £20 cheaper than the 7770 asus 2gb version

its even cheaper than the saphire 1gb 7790 by £10



Hi again - Personally, I would get the 2g 7790 as long as the place your purch it from is
reputable and includes MSI's warranty (meaning it's not gray mkt or used).

MSI is a good mfg, I believe Sapphire to be a little better on AMD cards, but I'd buy an
MSI card of the price deal was a good as the one you're looking at.

I disagree that 2g is a waste of $$, as I said I've seen several posts of users using up to 1.7g of vram during gaming.

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August 30, 2013 11:09:05 AM

2GB is definitely NOT a waste of money. It can do way more than a 1GB card can.

Yes the MSI 7790 2GB would work just fine for you.
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