I've got some money and there's a fair number of games now where I would like to increase quality/performance so I think its time to look at new GPU's Was hoping to go with one of the new HD 7000 series, but there's a massive price and performance gap between the 7770 and 7850, and so I'm not really sure where to go now
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next week or so would be good, keep putting off BUDGET RANGE: Around £150 (Inc PnP, VAT, etc), could go higher if the price/performance is worth it, and it would give me extra months before wanting another upgrade. If suggested to upgrade other components at same time I would pay more if worth it in the long run.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Software development (including 3D accelerated applications), Gaming (mostly RTS and games like the X series, also FPS and racing), watching videos, occasionally transcoding video and audio in large amounts.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
MSI AMD Radeon HD 5770 @875MHz (was running an over clock, but when I got the 1920x1080 display and made the 1600x900 a secondary monitor on extended desktop anything but stock seemed to become unstable...)
BeQuiet 600W Modular PSU (E7-CM-600W): has 2x6pin and 2x8pin PCI-e power connectors (not entirely sure how that works, since my understanding was PCIe+6pin+8pin = 300W, so two = 600W on a 600W PSU???)
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T @ 3.5GHz with Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Cooler
MB: Gigabyte 870A-UD3
RAM: 8GB (4x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3
Case: Antec 300
Hard drives: 6 3.5" (not a great deal of clearance between these and the 5770, and there's no spare bays to leave a gap, was going to replace the 500GB ones with a 2TB drive, but prices have not been great. Could perhaps move a drive into the spare 5.25 bay? Where can I get a bracket to do that)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: UK online retailers, best price including postage
PARTS PREFERENCES: None really, as long as the performance/price is there, and nothing really bad about the card (e.g. noise levels, reliability, etc.)
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (assuming this second monitor + stability issue is not going to be an issue again)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No (micro stutter seems to be an ongoing issue, so not sure really worth it)
Main monitor is 1920x1080
I have a second 1600x900 monitor, but due to it being 2 screens, and not the same I tend not to use in gaming. However stuff like supreme commander that does somthing useful with a second display (e.g. gives me a second independent view port) I do use it
Not entirely sure what to do with the old 5770. Perhaps keep it for the second display? Quiet would be good
So ok, from £150 to £270. I guess the question there is, will a £270 7870 now be a better deal over 3 years than £150 now, and £150 in 18months (i.e. does a 7870 have like a 99.9% chance of still working in 3 years, and will the performance still be "good")?