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Another GTX 660 or core i5 3570K CPU

I am not sure if i should get another GPU so i can SLI both GTX 660 and use a Intel Core i3 3220 CPU, or stick with one GTX 660 and get an Intel Core i5 3570K and for the i5, which budget cooler will be the best for overclocking.

My Specs:
Intel core i3 3220
Gigabyte GTX 660
MSI Z77A G45 motherboard
4GB RAM (upgrading to 16GB in a week!)
OCZ ZS 650W PSU
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  1. One thing that you can do is save the money from upgrading your RAM and put it away for something else, as 16GB of RAM is unnecessary for 95% of things. Also, I generally don't recommend SLIing any cards that are below an x70 (670, 770, etc.). You could try to do something like sell your card on eBay and buy a 760 or 760Ti (when it is released), and then upgrading your CPU later.
    However, I would do the i5 upgrade first, and then a GPU upgrade. The Hyper 212 EVO is a great cooler.
  2. dannyboy2233 said:
    One thing that you can do is save the money from upgrading your RAM and put it away for something else, as 16GB of RAM is unnecessary for 95% of things. Also, I generally don't recommend SLIing any cards that are below an x70 (670, 770, etc.). You could try to do something like sell your card on eBay and buy a 760 or 760Ti (when it is released), and then upgrading your CPU later.
    However, I would do the i5 upgrade first, and then a GPU upgrade. The Hyper 212 EVO is a great cooler.


    I will mostly be doing renders, 3D animation and composition and working with After Effects and Premier so i wont be able to skimp out on memory as that's a big must for me, but will two GTX 660 bottleneck my i3 CPU?
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    It would be strange to have 16gb of RAM, dual 660s and a Z77 board in a machine that uses an i3, so maybe only upgrade your RAM to 8gb (16 is unnecessary for most people), and then get the i5 and Hyper 212 EVO. you could then take the saved money from the RAM and save up a bit in order to get a second 660.
  4. Yes then dual 660s would bottleneck an i3
  5. I highly recommend getting the i5 first, only get 8GB of ram, and grab another 660. SLI 660's perform amazingly, with similar performance to a 780.
  6. King Hackintosh said:
    It would be strange to have 16gb of RAM, dual 660s and a Z77 board in a machine that uses an i3, so maybe only upgrade your RAM to 8gb (16 is unnecessary for most people), and then get the i5 and Hyper 212 EVO. you could then take the saved money from the RAM and save up a bit in order to get a second 660.


    So yes, pretty much what I said :)
  7. Ash Cloud said:
    dannyboy2233 said:
    One thing that you can do is save the money from upgrading your RAM and put it away for something else, as 16GB of RAM is unnecessary for 95% of things. Also, I generally don't recommend SLIing any cards that are below an x70 (670, 770, etc.). You could try to do something like sell your card on eBay and buy a 760 or 760Ti (when it is released), and then upgrading your CPU later.
    However, I would do the i5 upgrade first, and then a GPU upgrade. The Hyper 212 EVO is a great cooler.


    I will mostly be doing renders, 3D animation and composition and working with After Effects and Premier so i wont be able to skimp out on memory as that's a big must for me, but will two GTX 660 bottleneck my i3 CPU?


    You still don't need 16 GB.
  8. Thanks for all the responses, i will get 8GB RAM and save the rest for the i5 CPU!
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