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October 29, 2013 4:06:30 PM

Hi, I'm new to this site so forgive me if I've posted this in the wrong place or something.

I have been saving up some cash for a PC upgrade for the last 6 months or so. I have come to the conclusion that the best upgrade would either be a new CPU or GPU, as these are the main components used when playing games such as Battlefield 4.

I currently have a GTX 660 and an i5-3470 processor with 8GB 1600mhz RAM and a 1TB 7200rpm HD. I have checked all the requirements to make sure the parts I am looking to buy fit (PSU, motherboard), but just need to choose out of the two options I've chosen.

1. http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie...

2. http://www.wiseguys.co.nz/intel-core-i7-i7-3770k-3-50-g...

If somebody could tell me what they think would be best that would be great. I'll be playing games such as Battlefield 4, Crysis 3, PAYDAY 2, and pretty much all first person shooters.

Thanks, Mopkap.

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October 29, 2013 4:17:47 PM
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Your CPU, RAM, and HDD are great. The only thing lacking is your GPU. The 660 was great for BF3 but BF4 needs more GPU muscle if you want to play it at the higher settings. If you want to reach Ultra with 50+fps then you need at least a 7970. Luckily, the 7970 is on sale for around $300usd.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-4-graph...

If you must get 60fps then you could get a 770. It should be selling for $400.
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October 29, 2013 4:19:53 PM

GPU, your CPU can't get any better for gaming as you got right now.
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October 29, 2013 4:30:21 PM

As the others have said, all of your components are completely fine except for the GPU. My wife plays BF4 with a 3GB 660 Ti and runs the game fairly smoothly, although I think she might be running on High and not Ultra. But you can get a new 770 for ~$329 now, so I would jump on that.
October 29, 2013 4:50:44 PM

enemy1g said:
As the others have said, all of your components are completely fine except for the GPU. My wife plays BF4 with a 3GB 660 Ti and runs the game fairly smoothly, although I think she might be running on High and not Ultra. But you can get a new 770 for ~$329 now, so I would jump on that.


Yeah I am wanting a card that can run Battlefield 4 on ultra at around 60 fps. So you're saying I should go for a 770 instead of a 760?
October 29, 2013 4:51:48 PM

WarWolverineWarrior said:
GPU, your CPU can't get any better for gaming as you got right now.


Ok, thanks for the advice :) 
October 29, 2013 4:56:26 PM

envy14tpe said:
Your CPU, RAM, and HDD are great. The only thing lacking is your GPU. The 660 was great for BF3 but BF4 needs more GPU muscle if you want to play it at the higher settings. If you want to reach Ultra with 50+fps then you need at least a 7970. Luckily, the 7970 is on sale for around $300usd.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-4-graph...

If you must get 60fps then you could get a 770. It should be selling for $400.


Ok I'll save a bit more and go for this:
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentvie...

The only other thing is, I have a 525W power supply and this requires a 600W. Any brands you could recommend?
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October 29, 2013 9:28:33 PM

770 should be dropping in price. Look for it selling for $329USD. Also, you have a locked copy which uses less power than an unlocked cpu so I'd advise getting the 770, once sale price hits, and try it in your system before buying a new gpu.
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