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Nvidia GTX 660 Upgrade Questions out the wazoo.

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June 19, 2013 6:06:55 PM

Basically, I was planning on updating my computer with an Asus GTX 660. I made another post which confirmed that it would be compatible with my mobo with a small performance deficit.

Here's my issue now: People are telling me that if I use the GTX 660 with my current, terrible rig, it's going to bottleneck the living hell out of it.

Specs:
4 gigs of Ram
MSI MS-7309 2.0 PCI mobo
AMD Phenom(tm) 9550 Quad-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
300 watt power supply (I know I'll have to upgrade it)
1400x900 Display

If I simply upgrade my psu then add the Asus GTX 660, will it bottleneck performance significantly because of my CPU or will I be ok? If so, what would a better alternative be for playing BF3 on settings that are at least moderately good? Currently, I can't stand playing BF3 on terrible resolution on all low settings.

Thanks in advanced!
-Cody7
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June 19, 2013 6:16:16 PM

yeah... there will be bottle-necking; that is an old cpu. you probably would be better off with a lower end gpu... save you some money, and they won't bottleneck as badly.
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June 19, 2013 6:19:35 PM

To what extent? Are there any other cards that would work better and actually run BF3 decently? And if not what will I need to upgrade? :D 
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June 19, 2013 6:20:07 PM

The question is if the GTX 660 will be an improvement in performance, and the answer is a resounding "yes". Your other components could be improved and your performance would gain, but compared to a 9500GT, things will get much better. The GTX 660 is not a high-end card, and I would never recommend anything less than a GTX 650 Ti Boost anyway. So you don't really have many other options.
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June 19, 2013 6:21:49 PM

Cody7 said:
To what extent? Are there any other cards that would work better and actually run BF3 decently? And if not what will I need to upgrade? :D 


the problem is BF3 is most certainly a CPU hog. It will beat on the cpu to the exclusion of the gpu, and with an old cpu i can't say you'll see much improvement because of how poorly coded it is (frankly, it's doubtful you could play BF3 even with that gpu, because the cpu is so out of step).


get yourself a PhII x4 965be, or an Athlon II x4 750, and match it with a solid gpu... you'll be able to play bf3.
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June 19, 2013 6:23:31 PM

BF3 single player will get a very good boost. Multiplayer is much more CPU bound and you will not get as much of an increase due to the relatively slow CPU.
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June 19, 2013 6:45:50 PM

So say I got the Phenom II x4 965, would I be able to run BF3 any better right away? Or will I have to wait for the graphics card as well?
And thanks for all the feedback guys, it's really appreciated.
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June 19, 2013 7:04:53 PM

BF3 multiplayer would improve with a new CPU. You will still need a new graphics card though to really see gains. The multiplayer campaign just needs a fast CPU to go with a fast graphics card.
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June 19, 2013 7:08:24 PM

Currently I can play BF3 on ultra-low settings at around 20-25 fps, depending on the map.
I simply want to be able to at least pull off medium-high settings with 40-50 fps. (Or something that's not painfully unbearable like it is now)
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June 19, 2013 7:09:57 PM

So there's no single upgrade I can do for around $200-$300 that will allow me to comfortably play BF3?
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June 19, 2013 7:22:24 PM

Not really. Your hardware is just too old. Start with a graphics card and PSU. It may help enough for your expectations.
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June 19, 2013 7:27:22 PM

^ You will also be able to move the PSU and GPU over when you can afford the rest of an upgrade.
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June 19, 2013 7:33:05 PM

Sounds good.
Thanks again for the hasty response!
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June 19, 2013 8:41:49 PM

Glad we could help! :) 
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