So my new PC is about complete I just need one more thing... the GPU. I don't have all the money in the world and I can't decide on which one I want. Probably a Radeon to get the most out of my money but I am going to be doing a lot of gaming so I need performance. I want a 2GB card and was looking at 2GB Gigabyte 7850 for $190 (USD), but should I spend a little more for something a bit better? A 7870 is about $50 more, is the performance increase worth it? Or do you guys have any other suggestions?
My build so far...
CPU: AMD FX 6300 3.5 GHz 6-Core
CPU Cooler: Delux Infinity DLF-91D CPU Heatsink
MoBo: MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ ATX AMD Motherboard
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Hard Drive: HGST Deskstar 7K1000.D 500GB 7,200RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
SSD: Samsung 840-Series MZ-7TD120BW 120GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5"
Case: RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE
and some random optical drive I had laying around. XD
With either card at 1680x1050 and 4xAA, your frame rates will be north of 60 for just about any game. The difference between the two cards is generally 3-5 fps at 1680x1050 fps and 4xAA with the HD 7870 being the faster of the two. Of course, minimum frame rates really tell the tale between the two cards with the HD 7870 pounding the HD 7850 in to the sand on some games.
If you are after a gaming machine, ditch the luxury of the SSD and spend the difference on a 7950. Gobs of graphics power for fast gaming. So you have to wait a few seconds more for power on and loading the game? The game itself will be much faster and smoother with a mighty 7950 under the hood.