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February 25, 2014 5:45:03 PM

Currently i have about 350 to spend i have a 3570k and SLI GTC 660 superclocked, i do a lot of multitasking gaming streaming music VOIP web surfing all simultaneously dual monitors as well

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February 25, 2014 5:48:26 PM

I would get an sli 660 because the 3570k is a beast for these days. You wont need to upgrade your cpu plus if you need the extra speed, you can just oc it.
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February 25, 2014 5:50:28 PM

I currently have SLI 660 already, i feel that my cpu is bottlenecking me right now as im usualy running around 40% CPU load during normal use with spikes up to 80 to 90%
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February 25, 2014 5:52:55 PM

I'd go with the 660 as long as you're running a decent CPU. 3570k is overkill for most people, and if you're primarily gaming the 660 SLI will help a lot.
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February 25, 2014 5:56:41 PM

So both of you are suggesting i should get a 3rd 660 then?
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February 25, 2014 6:01:47 PM

WOWOOWOW you have 2 gtx 660 already
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February 25, 2014 6:03:11 PM

yes i have a 3570k and SLI 660s already, looking to either go into a 760 or getting an i7 sorry if that wasnt clear :( 
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February 25, 2014 6:09:55 PM

fishfan07 said:
yes i have a 3570k and SLI 660s already, looking to either go into a 760 or getting an i7 sorry if that wasnt clear :( 


Crap sorry. If you're gaming you won't notice that much difference between a 3570k and 3770k (or 4770k). Getting a 760 would probably actually slow you down (unless you're doing SLI 760s). I would suggest getting a 770 (EVGA SuperClocked for $340 @ Newegg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). Even the 770 won't give you a big difference from SLI 660s. If you don't have an SSD at the moment now would be a great time to upgrade, a 256GB 840 Pro will run you around $200 and a 250GB Evo is about $160 at Newegg.
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February 25, 2014 6:17:24 PM

My specs are as followed

Case HAF 912 X
CPU 3570k
128gb G Skill SSD
16gb G skill RipJaws X
H100 liquid cooler
GTX 660 superclocked sig 2 x2
Z77-V
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February 25, 2014 6:21:48 PM

Since you mention that you do a lot of multitasking and that would actually require CPU power, I suggest upgrading your CPU which would probably involve motherboard unless you're sticking with LGA 1155.
I didn't even know G.Skill makes SSD until now lol
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February 25, 2014 6:33:28 PM

Yeah me either. Sorry for not responding btw. Get a 770 if i were you and sell the sli 660s
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February 25, 2014 6:35:10 PM

Since your a Multi Tasking Monster probably processor if your currently happy with your Game performance...

If you want better gaming GFX cards as processor wont make much difference to what you have

I think what you really Need is a Server MB supporting Multi CPU's - but that still wont improve your gaming much just make you multi tasking more fluid.

Or make a Gaming Computer and a Work Machine and Use a KVM switch to swap between them... wait do they support multi monitors

Sorry getting off topic


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February 25, 2014 6:38:20 PM

The problem is that if you get the better cpu, your spending 300 bucks on cpu and then you need to get mobo unless you are getting an i7 3770k
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February 25, 2014 6:41:04 PM

Yea im happy with gaming performance i mean frames could be better in league i have it capped stabled at 60 about 99.99% of the time since league does drop frames every once in a while, uncapped frames im normally from 80 to 100 so i dont have gaming problems just multitasking and streaming seems to be a bit of an issue. I will be keeping the mobo, i dont see a need to upgrade to Haswell as everything ive heard and read from benchmarks is Haswell is extremely minimal difference for the price you would have to dish out, what might happen is ill get the CPU and see if i can sell the I5 and the 660s and get a couple 760s or 770s but that wont be for a couple months at least.
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February 25, 2014 6:44:54 PM

Thinking about it, get an i7 3770k and keep your sli 660. There is gonna be new tech coming out, when i mean tech i mean gpus so you wont be wasting your money.
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February 25, 2014 6:50:26 PM

Im hoping but i doubt it, once the 800 series or 790s come out officially, the 760 4gb will go down in price, im very happy with the price and performance im getting from these 660s i paid roughly 165$ for each on black friday sale so for 330$ they are amazing and better than any under 400$ GPU out there right now i think. So i will get the CPU then, thanks for the help folks much appreciated :) 
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February 25, 2014 6:53:26 PM

Make sure to select best answer so people will know what to do if they have a problem. Just to make sure, you are getting the i7 3770k that i recommended right?
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February 25, 2014 6:54:24 PM

Yea i have a Z77 so ill be getting the 3770k :) 
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February 25, 2014 6:55:30 PM

Select best answer please.
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