So I installed my first ever post-build GPU (RADEON HD 7970), and I think Im still alive !
The card seems to be working great, the Game that I could run meh at best at 30FPS now runs the 60FPS HD version nearly flawless (even with HD recording on, and I dont even have my SSD yet!).
Im noticing some "tearing" going through the screen occasionally however, just looks like a transparent wave moving up the screen. Ive heard this can have something to do with the refresh rates? My Catalyst is 13.1 but I dont know if that means my card is up to date.