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July 16, 2013 7:39:41 PM

hello, first of all, let me introduce myself
i'm Rifky, a college guy from Indonesia who spends time playing games after doing paper and assignments..
i'm not sure where to post this question.. the CPU or the GPU or somewhere else
here's my story

this what's inside my machine

Gigabyte GA-B75M-HD3
Intel i3-3210
Nvidia GeForce GTX-550Ti
2x8gb Corsair Vengeance
running on Windows 8

i'm planning on upgrading my machine while waiting for BF4 and some other games
the PC runs good on BF3

my friend suggest that i replace the i3 with an i5-3570 because my machine is bottlenecking (i'm not sure what bottleneck means in computing, even after reading some threads with similiar problems)
my other friend suggest that i should replace my GTX 550Ti with 660Ti because BF4 requires a better graphic card than my 550Ti

i'm a noob on this thing.. and with my savings, i can only afford one of them.. either the i5 or the 660Ti
or does 550Ti supports dual graphic card via Nvidia SLI? does the tandem worth it? what do i need for dual graphic card?
please help :( 

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July 16, 2013 8:11:25 PM
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First off, I think the 760 is better than the 660ti (and its a bit cheaper). I think that BF4 is pretty CPU intensive and it would benefit strongly from a 4-core CPU. However, the 550ti is getting pretty outdated so I'd recommend the 760 (or 660ti) upgrade first.
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July 16, 2013 8:13:23 PM

Get the 760 it will not be bottlenecked
Great card
Prefrebly buy evga with acx cooler
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July 16, 2013 8:32:46 PM

Kingbob said:
First off, I think the 760 is better than the 660ti (and its a bit cheaper). I think that BF4 is pretty CPU intensive and it would benefit strongly from a 4-core CPU. However, the 550ti is getting pretty outdated so I'd recommend the 760 (or 660ti) upgrade first.


okay then.. so i'm going to buy the 760 first, then the i5 after saving some money
out of the topic question.. how significant a motherboard affects gameplay? (total noob question)
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July 16, 2013 8:37:19 PM

rifqi23cool said:
Kingbob said:
First off, I think the 760 is better than the 660ti (and its a bit cheaper). I think that BF4 is pretty CPU intensive and it would benefit strongly from a 4-core CPU. However, the 550ti is getting pretty outdated so I'd recommend the 760 (or 660ti) upgrade first.


okay then.. so i'm going to buy the 760 first, then the i5 after saving some money
out of the topic question.. how significant a motherboard affects gameplay? (total noob question)


Its good to ask questions, that's how you learn. The mobo can have some affect on gaming, the North bridge clock and Front side bus clock to affect your overall performance, however, its not the most important thing. You want to buy a mono more on the features and ports it has/supports.
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July 16, 2013 8:58:10 PM

More and more better motherboards provide better performance and o.c. A z77 chipset wud b best for u
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July 16, 2013 10:26:09 PM

Just to toss in a answer here FYI about bottlenecking. That comes from taking a coffee cup and turning it upside down and all the contents come splashing out at once (think the data is splashing out of the coffee cup) now take a soda bottle and turn it upside down, does it all come splashing out? No it takes a while to push through the narrow 'neck' of the bottle so the soda 'backs-up' waiting to get out. Same with the data, it hits the i3 (which is a beginner / lowest end chip) and gets 'backed-up' waiting its turn to process. The problem is when your playing the other guy shooting you isn't 'waiting' and instead blows you away while you 'lag'.
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