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August 1, 2013 9:12:43 AM

Hi. After two years I'm upgrading my PC again. I plan to upgrade my graphics card to a MSI GTX 660 (http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_660_Twin_Frozr_III/). I have 4GB of 1333 CL7 DDR3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103); will that be a bottleneck?

If the answer is yes, do you have any recommendations?

Thanks!
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August 1, 2013 9:23:45 AM

what is your processor, that will be a larger bottleneck than your ram.
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August 1, 2013 9:23:58 AM

In short, you'll be fine. The amount of RAM is more of an issue than its speed and there's a constant argument over whether or not higher speed RAM is even useful outside of benchmarks; so I wouldn't worry about it.
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August 1, 2013 9:24:50 AM

RAM is different from VRAM, there might be little but no performance issue. I suggest you splash out ~$40 more to get the GTX 760, performs much better and will able to play @ 1080p for next gen games with better FPS. Performance increase over a GTX 660 is quite big too. If it does bottleneck, just grab another 4GB and plug it in down the road.
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August 1, 2013 10:19:38 AM

4 GB is enough since most games out there are still 32-bit.
There is no disadvantage going with 8 GB if you have the money.
One thing that i notice going from 4 GB to 8 GB is the shutdown time is slightly reduced in windows 7.
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August 1, 2013 12:50:09 PM

Hi guys!

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what is your processor, that will be a larger bottleneck than your ram.
My processor is a Phenom II 965 BE.

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There is no disadvantage going with 8 GB if you have the money.
I tend to buy only what I need so my idea is that if having only 4GB does not create any bottleneck, it's fine.

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I suggest you splash out ~$40 more to get the GTX 760, performs much better and will able to play @ 1080p for next gen games with better FPS.
I can buy the GTX 660 it for 190€ (that's nearly $250), upgrading to 760 means $80 more. Would you still go for the 760?


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August 1, 2013 1:24:18 PM

get the 660, use the rest of the money to get 4GB more of ram and upgrade to 64bit windows if you do not have it already, your cpu would bottleneck the 760 in the end.
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