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£250 budget: 7850 and save rest vs 7950

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Will be looking to purchase about December time, anything coming out soon?

I'll have £250 to spend, current spec is

i3 2100
Gigabyte Z68 (cheapest one OcUK stock)
Kingston 128GB SSD (old ish 300gb mechanical drive for main storage)
GTX 550Ti


I'm thinking a 2GB 7850, then using the remaining £100 for a new case and a 1TB hard drive (BitFenix shinobi most likely).

Haven't considered Nvidia yet. Uses will be newish games at 1080p if that's any help.
 
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The 7950 is a great card but I fear your I3 could possibly be a bottleneck if it is at stock. If it is, a 7850 would see you well and a tidy OC on that GPU would help :)
 
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Yep, definitely overclocking.

I did a bit of looking into if my i3 2100 would bottleneck and it seemed to be all over the place. Some people said it would on BF3 (which I don't play), where-as others have said it'll be fine.

I could always get the 7850 first, see how it performs then get an i5 3570k if it's bottlenecking, sell the i3 2100 on to offset the 3570k cost.

Option One:
YOUR BASKET
1 x Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 7850 OC Windforce 2X 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card w/ FARCRY3, Nexuiz, Sleeping Dogs & Dirt Showdown PC Games £149.99
1 x Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (ST1000DL002) £59.99
1 x BitFenix Shinobi USB3.0 Gaming Case - White/Blue £43.99
Total : £268.07 (includes shipping : £11.75).




Option Two: Custom cooled 7950, like the HIS at £240

Looking at benchmarks the 7950 doesn't seem miles ahead at 1080p and I'm not overly sure I'd ever use 3GB of VRAM, planning to stick to single monitor 1080p.

I wouldn't mind an Nvidia option, but unless they do something they're out of this race.
 
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Can you over clock that I3 much? I thought they were multiplier locked.

If not you could always look to a second hand 2500k :)
 
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Ah right, didn't see the MSI.

Mobo is this: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3899#ov

Don't particularly want the 1GB VRAM card, since the lack of VRAM will fast become the bottleneck there.

I suppose I could up the budget to include the 3570k and a 2GB 7850, that'd be the best option then?

Edit: Yep, i3 2100's cannot be overclocked at all. Second hand 2500k is another option, but they're a bit pricey at £150~ (would be waiting for the 3570k to hit £165ish again before buying that).
 
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Ah right, didn't see the MSI.

Mobo is this: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3899#ov

Don't particularly want the 1GB VRAM card, since the lack of VRAM will fast become the bottleneck there.

I suppose I could up the budget to include the 3570k and a 2GB 7850, that'd be the best option then?

Edit: Yep, i3 2100's cannot be overclocked at all. Second hand 2500k is another option, but they're a bit pricey at £150~

They go for around £115 second hand
 
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Ah right, I must've looked at buy it now's rather than auctions.

Think that's the best option then, if I can snag one for that.
 
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