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How much longer should I wait before upgrading my GPU?

#1EpicKingdom_Posted 9/18/2013 11:04:22 PM
Despite upgrading from a 5770 to the one in my signature just a few months ago, I'm thinking I'll need to kick it up a notch after the new consoles come out. What say you? How much longer will this 7850 last me? How much longer should I wait before upgrading? Should I stay out of the game until the next series is out? Or can I not go wrong with getting another 7850?

Please review my specs and give input on any suggestions for my next upgrade goal.

-Ty for advice.
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#2Cool_Dude667Posted 9/18/2013 11:06:07 PM
Until you can't run the games you play on optimal settings.

The optimal setting varies from person to person, usually depending on your account balance.
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#3godplaysSNESPosted 9/19/2013 12:45:37 AM
Cool_Dude667 posted...
Until you can't run the games you play on optimal settings.

The optimal setting varies from person to person, usually depending on your account balance.


That's pretty much it

Personally, I wouldn't recommend Crossfire/Sli with only 2GB VRAM
We're supposed to get news about AMD's new series next week.
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#4TKnoodlePosted 9/19/2013 1:31:51 AM
that's funny--I currently have a 5770 running dual 1050p monitors and have been holding back on upgrading for the longest time. Got through Witcher2 on medium and actually not too many demanding games as of late. What games are you having trouble running?

you could refer to the graphics card hierarchy chart via Tom's Hardware, it's suggested upgrading every 3 tiers would be the best value for your money.

on the other hand, the 7000-series cards did get a price drop recently. So for $150-ish for a crossfire setup--you surpass the performance of a single 7950 (which goes for $250). Seems like a pretty good value if you can deal with the heat/power stress via crossfire.

Otherwise you're looking at spending ~$300 for your next single-GPU to get 7850 crossfire performance.
#5SmakkyofacePosted 9/19/2013 8:21:51 AM
Best advice, especially if you're on a budget, is to stay with your card until you're not satisfied with gaming performance. This way, you'll probably be 2 or 3 generations ahead. I stuck with 8800 gts 512 until 2012.
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#6ShadowGomamonPosted 9/19/2013 8:26:16 AM
If you want a cheap boost, you could always get another 5770 and crossfire it. A 5770 should be pretty cheap these days.

That'll help you last a little longer.