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December 9, 2012 3:01:33 PM

Hi there guys, im going to have some spare cash this Christmas due to working and was wondering what you think would be the best upgrade for my computer through most cost effective and performance.

My current specs are:
i5 2500k @4.2Ghz
MSI Z77A-G54
2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LP 1600Mhz
Corsair GS700
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm
XFX HD7770 DD Black Edition Super Overclock

And my options..

Option 1: Buy another HD7770 for £90 and go crossfire. And a ~120GB SSD for £60-70 for my OS and main games.
Option 2: Sell my HD7770 and buy a HD7950, but no SSD.

Your thoughts? :) 

-SublimeOrange

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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2012 3:22:11 PM

I would go with 7950.

SSD does decrease loading times, but doesn't affect your FPS in games. You would be happier with the Radeon 7950 for longer and when you begin to lack performance then you could go crossfire.

If needed then you could add a SSD later on. Do you have Windows 8? it would decrease booting time by a Whole lot, my pc boots in 5 seconds and I only got HDD.

I hope this helped, good luck! :) 
December 9, 2012 3:27:35 PM

+1 to 7950
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a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2012 3:34:06 PM

+1 Lostgamer_03.
I would get a better graphics card. Crossfiring two 7770's probably would get you close to the performance of a 7950 but would not exceed it. The 7950 woud give you more bang for the buck. Check out this comparison between the Radeon HD 7770 vs. the Radeon HD 7950. Keep in mind that adding the second card does not quite double the performance, it's more like 80-90% improvement.
a b U Graphics card
December 9, 2012 3:36:24 PM

well there is a 3rd way!!
u could get a 7870 and a 60GB ssd.
dont get me wrong, 7950 is an awesome card, but if u play in a single monitor in 1080p a 7870 is still more than enough for ultra,
and the ssd 60GB is not for games, since it doesn't increase gaming performance in games anyways. just improves load times.
the 60GB is enough for OS and all the other software.
that's wat i would do.
remember any cheapass ssd is still a huge step over the hdd
a c 187 U Graphics card
December 9, 2012 3:50:56 PM

The third option has its merits: The HD7850 is a potent card, equal to my dear departed 6950 and that was plenty for all but the most demanding titles: Yes, Im looking at YOU, Metro 2033! (still looked great @ DX10, High, 16xAF, AAA, though).
If you're the type who wants to play Metro 2033 at Very High, DX11 though the 7950 is the way to go (love mine btw).
One last point: What is your monitor resolution? If you're playing below 1080 res then I'd say option three is the best solution, in this case you could have your cake and eat it too.
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