Upgrading Graphics card

Okay, basically my current systems specs are as follows:

Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: DDR2 6144MB RAM
Hard Drive: 1 TB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260

I'm thinking of upgrading my video card to a:


I'm basically after higher FPS in games like GTA 4 and Battlefield 3 CPU, however will my CPU and lack of DDR3 ram bottleneck the cards potential performance?
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  1. it will be a decent upgrade overall..the amd cpus tend to bottleneck the gpus a little but it won't be anything major/ hardly noticeable. quadcore cpu at 3.4ghz is still pretty good.

    just enjoy the upgrade.
  2. GTA 4 is a real resource hog...even a GTX680 won't be able to squeeze more than around 50FPS from what I've noticed..so don't count your 7850 to squeeze a lot of FPS on GTA4.

    However on BF3, I'm running an X4 955 @ 3.8Ghz (Basically the same CPU you have, just a bit faster due to overclock) and a GTX560 Ti. I get an average of around 50FPS on Ultra settings at 1920x1080 single player, and about 40-50FPS average on High settings at 1080p on Multiplayer.

    On BF3, single player won't benefit too much from the CPU, but from your graphics (that 7850 will do great). On multiplayer, you'll experience much more performance if you have a better CPU, however, it's not exactly necessary to upgrade your CPU just to play BF3 multiplayer. And to be honest, I'm very satisfied with the FPS I get on BF3.

    As for bottlenecking, your CPU won't bottleneck your GPU.
    However for your RAM, you shouldn't worry one bit. You won't see too much performance hit if you're still using DDR2 instead of DDR3 RAM, and you won't see too much of a difference if you upgrade to DDR3 as well.

    http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/7636742.page - this might be of some help as well about your RAM.
  3. 7850 is a good card... and as mocchan said.. GTA IV is a resource muncher... dont expect like 100 fps on that but for Bf3.. u r all good :)
    7850 is a pretty solid gpu.
  4. Thanks for the replies guys :D
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