SimCity on high settings?

Hello everyone,
I'm curious if my planned upgrade can run SimCity 5 on high settings.

Current specs:
e8400 wolfdale 3 GHz
Radeon HD 4870
3.25 usable RAM on WinXP

I was planning on adding some RAM for a total of 8GB after a Win7 upgrade.
I'm thinking of upgrading to an nvidia GTX 660. I'm wondering if this will be bottleneck by my processor though. I really don't want to upgrade processor and Mobo since I don't want to spend more than ~300 now. I asked around on the EA forums and was told that it would run fine until my city grew in size, then my cpu's aged architecture would start to show.

I also read that this is basically a single thread game, and won't utilize extra cores, and that getting a powerful gpu is the way to go.

Any thoughts?
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  1. EA isn't divulging a ton of information in regards to the specifications in regards to SimCity.


    What system specs are you targeting with the Mac version?
    Like the PC version, we are aiming to make the game as accessible as possible. Any user with Snow Leopard and a Core 2 processor will be able to enjoy SimCity for Mac.

    That information was some provided by their FAQ page.

    There was an article published on Tom's back in March 2012 that listed the specs as the following:
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4000+ or better
    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0 GHz or better

    Operating System:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

    Windows XP: 1.5GB
    Windows Vista and Windows 7: 2GB
    PCs using a built-in graphical chipset are recommended to have 2 GB RAM

    Graphics Card:
    ATI X1800 or better*
    nVidia 7800 or better*
    Intel 4100 Integrated Graphics or better*

    8x or better

    *Minimum of 256 MB of on-board RAM and Shader 3.0 or better support.

    You can read the full article HERE
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