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RAM & GPU Upgrade Advise Requested

Goal: Meet the "Recommended requirements", or close to it, for Battlefield 4 and the like.
Budget: 150-350$ total for RAM & GPU upgrade

I have 3 sticks of Kingston DD3 Ram totaling 6GB. I think my P6T SE Mobo can handle 24GB. I believe it is PC3-10600, but for some reason CPU-Z lists it as PC3-10700. I would like to upgrade to at least 8GB per BF4 recommended requirements. So, will I lose out if I just purchase another stick of equivalent RAM so that I have 4 sticks? I guess I would lose the triple channel, but will I really notice the difference? If so, whats the best option? A new 3 stick kit totaling 12-16GB?

Recommended settings for BF4 say I need a 3GB GPU, but I think 2GB should suffice, yes? 3GB cards are too darn expensive. Also, I believe my card can handle PCI-e 2.1x16? Not sure though. The dimensions of GPU is a concern - not a full tower and my mobo is a "small version" so I know I can never crossfire/SLI or anything, not enough space. I remember installing the HD 5770 years ago and even that was kind of a tight squeeze.

I am not looking to run everything on ultra, I just want it to be eye candy to the point that I don't feel like I need to go out and buy a PS4! Also, I won't be overclocking - not tech savvy enough.

iBUYPOWER Gamer Extreme 970SLC Desktop PC Specs:
AMD Radeon 5770 1gb GPU
Intel i7 930 Quadcore CPU
ASUS P6T SE MOBO
6gb DD3 RAM (3 sticks, 1GB each - I think its PC3-10600, but CPU-Z says PC3-10700)
Windows 7 64bit
700 Watt (Not sure of brand)
Mid-sized tower case I believe
30 inch monitor (max res: 1920x1080)

Link to the computer as a whole when I bought it:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6077552&SRCCODE=WEBLET101SATSFY&cm_mmc=Email-_-WebletMain-_-WEBLET101SATSFY-_-Satisfy
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    Get one new stick of 2gb RAM, and then the XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. The RAM will be around $25, and the video card is $320 on Newegg.com.
  2. Jacob McIntosh said:
    Get one new stick of 2gb RAM, and then the XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. The RAM will be around $25, and the video card is $320 on Newegg.com.


    Thanks for the advice! You don't think that losing the triple channeling caused by adding just a fourth stick on my mobo chipset is a big deal?
  3. Orazz said:
    Jacob McIntosh said:
    Get one new stick of 2gb RAM, and then the XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. The RAM will be around $25, and the video card is $320 on Newegg.com.


    Thanks for the advice! You don't think that losing the triple channeling caused by adding just a fourth stick on my mobo chipset is a big deal?



    It may reduce the performance a tiny bit, but will be made up by adding 2gigs more RAM.
  4. thanks again
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