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October 8, 2013 7:02:14 AM

Hello,
Im doing my first computer upgrade, i upgraded my motherboard to asus m5a990fx and cpu of amd fx 8350.Bow im looking for a graphics card for around 100$ and the best one around 100$.Im not really planong on playing games just yet but maybe do in the future.So wouldn't want to have to buy a new one after.And one more question how really does an ssd works? And how can i make my computer work faster with ssd and hdd in the same desktop or working at the same time ? Im not really an computer expert so would like some information on that,any help would be appreciated.

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October 8, 2013 7:50:29 AM

I'd go with a Radeon HD7770. You can game most everything at 1080p on medium, and some games maybe on high. New graphic intensive games will have to be on medium/low setting at 1080p, but for your situation, I don't think you'll really need much more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 8, 2013 8:07:02 AM

I quick question,can it handle something like gta 5 ?
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October 8, 2013 1:57:37 PM

The game hasn't been released for PC yet and the specifications haven't either, so I'm not sure.
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October 8, 2013 2:06:17 PM

Oh ok i ordered that card anyways though.But could you guys clarify me on ssd's ?
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October 8, 2013 5:11:30 PM

SSD does not make your CPU or GPU more powerful.

It makes your computer more responsive because read / write speeds are much higher than compared to hard drives. I believe some people have stated they can boot into the login screen of Win 8 within 15 seconds from a cold boot. Any programs or games that you launch will launch faster, but it will not improve game performance. If you were getting 30FPS when playing game XYZ with only a hard drive (HDD), you will still get 30FPS with a SSD.

Naturally in order to get the benefits of a SSD the operating system and programs / games you use most often should be installed on the SSD. I would say a minimum size should be 128GB. You also need to keep 10% of the total capacity (12.8GB in this case) free so that TRIM can be used to help prolong the life of the SSD. Never, ever defrag a SSD. Each sector in a SSD can only be overridden so many times before they fail. If you had a SSD and a HDD in your PC and you had a program that continuously writes 1s and 0s to the SSD and HDD you will find that the SSD will fail long before the HDD will.

Click below to read more about SSDs and TRIM.

http://www.techspot.com/news/52835-understanding-ssds-t...
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October 8, 2013 5:44:09 PM

Pallimud said:
I'd go with a Radeon HD7770. You can game most everything at 1080p on medium, and some games maybe on high. New graphic intensive games will have to be on medium/low setting at 1080p, but for your situation, I don't think you'll really need much more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Here's a slightly more cheaper PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 ($80). Supposedly is it a more recent release of a similar PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 that is no longer in stock. This also has free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 9, 2013 5:33:02 AM

I thought Power Color wasn't that realiable! Is it as good as Asus? Or at least kinda good?
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October 9, 2013 8:10:45 AM

Power Color is decent. I had one or two of them over the years, never had a problem with them.

If you want to overclock the GPU, then Asus would be recommended. It's only a $10 difference so if spending $10 more is worth the "peace of mind" of having an Asus brand GPU, then so be it. When it comes to power supplies I only buy Seasonic PSUs since overall they manufacture the best quality PSUs. If there is a Corsair PSU (made by Seasonic and CWT) or XFX PSU (made by Seasonic) selling for more than $25 less than a Seasonic PSU and they are basically equal, then I would consider the Corsair / XFX PSU.
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