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September 16, 2012 10:13:42 PM

Hi there,

my name is steve and im from Malta.

Im an avid gamer and have the following specs:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66GHz
NVIDIA GTX 470
8GB DDR3
ASRock P45R2000
800w PSU

Now I was planning to upgrade the Graphics Card since thats the most component that affects the FPS and performance of the game. So far in most/all games I see 20-60 FPS on max settings in 2011-2012 games. In older games I see about 70+ FPS.

Now I would like to see 60FPS estimate on maxed settings in most games.

As I was planning to upgrade my GTX 470 to GTX 660Ti/670, I was thinking that the CPU may be a bottleneck. If so will an SSD help the cpu reduce the bottleneck? If I upgrade mobo/ram/cpu will I see a difference say to an i5-2500k or so?

if I kept my current graphics card (GTX 470) but upgrade to an 1155 lga system, would I see more FPS?

As currently I can't upgrade both (platform and vga) I was wondering which will benefit more:
Keep platform and upgrade gfx card or upgrade platform and keep gfx card?

Thanks a lot and by the way all kinds of recommendations are welcome thanks ;) 
September 16, 2012 11:53:34 PM

Upgrading to GTX660Ti, would give you more than upgrading CPU and Mobo. Obviously, both would be good, but probably better to do GPU first, then CPU/mobo. By then, Haswell may be out, and become the obvious upgrade route.
September 16, 2012 11:56:27 PM

malbluff said:
Upgrading to GTX660Ti, would give you more than upgrading CPU and Mobo. Obviously, both would be good, but probably better to do GPU first, then CPU/mobo. By then, Haswell may be out, and become the obvious upgrade route.


That's actually what i've been planing to do. Now i have an endless debate in my mind if I should go for GTX 670 or GTX 660TI. Also now a cheaper 660 non-ti has been released. Damn.
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September 17, 2012 12:39:11 AM

Depends on your monitor resolution, and what games you want to play. If you've got 2560x1440, or more, you definitely want the 670. If you've got 1920x1080, 660Ti is more than adequate for games like BF3, Portal, Skrim. Some games, like Metro, crysis, your better with 670. A similar sort of balance between 660 and 660Ti probably exists for lower resolutions. It's all a question of degree. A 660 can play most games reasonably well even at 1920x1080.
September 17, 2012 7:59:01 PM

well I game at 1920x1080 on a 27" monitor
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