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Which card should I get?

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January 31, 2013 12:58:00 PM

I'm building first computer and the last things I have to get are video card, and psu. I'm stuck between a radeon HD 7770 and 7850. Which should I get if I plan on playing 1366x768 for about a year.

CM HAF 912

Asus M5A97 AM3+ motherboard

Fx-4100 Quad Core 3.6GHz (3.8 Turbo)

G.Skill 2x4Gb 1600

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January 31, 2013 1:28:57 PM

7850 has 2GB vram and 1024 GCN shaders, while the 7770 has 1GB vram and 640 GCN shaders. Im pretty sure the 7850 will be a better choice in the long run.
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January 31, 2013 1:33:03 PM

Yeah I too think hd7850 will be able to handle all games for you for a year at the resolution you specified. If you go to a higher resolution screen then you will face a frame rate drop in your games.
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January 31, 2013 1:37:49 PM

The 7770 is plenty for that resolution, it can handle games at 1920x1080 on medium/some high settings. However the 7850 is a much much stronger card that will be much better in the long run, especially if you play on upgrading your monitor to a higher resolution.
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January 31, 2013 1:38:11 PM

For your resolution a 1GB HD7850 would do quite well. I don't think you'd be disappointed by the HD7770 either (although you might need to lower AA), so let your budget decide.
In either case, get a Seasonic[-built] PSU. A G360 would run either card, although with limited headroom with a HD7850. A Superflower-built unit like a Rosewill Capstone or Hive would also be decent. A good size range is 450W-550W, which would allow plenty of headroom, especially if you want to OC.