Should I upgrade for free games?

Hi, all

So I currently have a Sapphire Radeon 7850, and though I probably have enough power for my needs, I can't help but consider what is essentially a "free" upgrade.

My current system:

CPU: I5-3570K @4.0GHZ
CPU Cooler: Corsair A50
MB: ASrock Z77 Extreme4
Case: Corsair Carbide 400R
SSD: A-Data 120GB
HDD: Western Digital 320GB
PSU: Seasonic M2II Bronze 620W
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 7850
(This one:
Monitor:AOC 1080P @ 60HZ

However I can't help to take notice: AMD has quite an excellent deal going on for the 79xx series: 3 games:

Far Cry 3: I really want this game, but If I don't get it as part of a deal, I might have to wait until the price drops to buy it.
Hitman Absolution: I don't know much about this game, but a friend recommended it to me. If I decide I don't like it, I can always sell it on Ebay.
Sleeping Dogs: From what I've seen of it, I like it alot, and as always, I can also sell this too!

The Sapphire 7950 is currently at around $300. If I can sell my 7850 for $160, and sell ALL the games, It could be classified as a "free" upgrade. Even If I didn't sell the games, It'd still be a sizeable performance boost.

I could also get a Sapphire 7970 for $360, which is another large FPS boost.

So, in addition to buying some RAM, here are my options:

1. Keep my current video card

2. Sell my 7850 and buy a 7950

3. The above, and sell the games

4. Sell my 7850 and get a 7970

5. The above and sell the games

6. Sell my 7850 and get another graphics card

There is, as always, a caveat. The 8xxx series are rumored to be coming soon, and I don't think I want to miss out on that.

What'd you think would be the best option for me?

Thanks in advance!

Misc Info:

1. I might be upgrading my Monitor to a Catleap or a 120HZ display.

2. My purchase date is around Black Friday, but I'm in no rush.

3. Games I play: Crysis 1 and 2, Far Cry 2, Civ V, and Minecraft w/ Shaders.
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  2. i suggest you dont upgrade your graphics card as i dont think you would be able to sell your 7850 for $160. as for the free games , they would drop in price within a couple of months anyway so its not worth the money to upgrade just for few games.
  3. Actually, someone sold the OC version of my card on Ebay for $172, so it's entirely possible. Also, though their prices may drop, I could still sell them for slightly lower than their retail value and get more than $100 for them, so essentially, it's a $30 upgrade for a much better card.
  4. P.T. Barnum was right.
  5. Ummm... I have no idea what you just said.

    Edit: Now I do, and it'd be wonderful if a moderator saw this.
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