i5 2500k OC'd to 4.2
GTX 560 ti 2gigs
4gig 1600 Ram
MSI P67-GD65 (Motherboard)
Anyway, I'm getting murdered by Battlefield 4. My system just can't handle it. It's only playable on low settings (and my resolution is only 1600 x 1024). My system handled BF3 very well, and I'm not sure if it means anything, but BF4 defaulted my video settings to High. I imagine that upgrading the RAM will help. I'm also running Windows 7 though. I heard that due to Direct X optimization that perhaps upgrading to Windows 8 might help. How much might it help?
My issue though is that I currently have 2 sticks of 2 gigs of ram each, for a total of 4 gigs. I'm not sure if I should get 2 more sticks of 2gigs of ram each, for a total of 8 gigs, or if I should just get 2 more sticks of 4 gigs of ram each so that when BF5 comes out and if it needs more RAM, I can just put 2 more sticks in to get 16gigs. I would prefer to just buy 1 stick of 4gigs of ram, but I'm not sure what I need to look for in that case. I can't find any of the same make. Can I use a different brand? What specs do I need to look for (I mean like voltage, speed, latency, or are speed and latency the same)? Can I only fill 3/4 of my RAM slots up? I looked online and got a bunch of conflicting information.
My current RAM is G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24.
Should I be able to just upgrade my CPU, RAM and GPU for BF5? Or would I be better off just building a whole new computer then? That would be 2 years from now (judging by Battlefield release dates). In 2 years would I want DDR4 anyway, and therefore this RAM wouldn't be of any use to me?
Buy yourself 2 sticks of 4GB each because the price difference between 2x2GB vs 2x4GB isn't much and you will double your ram and have room to use the 2 leftover slots for possible upgrades in the future.