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November 30, 2012 7:52:22 PM

Warning: I know very little about computers. ~ Also sorry if this is in the wrong category, i have no idea where it would go.

I want to be able to play some games on normalish, maybe even high settings. How ever, i don't have the money for
a new computer. Times are tough. I do have enough to get a new graphics card though and I am looking at purchasing the ASUS GeForce GTX 660 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E Video Card. Can my computer handle this card? Or will it "bottleneck" I say that with quotes cause i have no idea what that is.


Specs i know about
i3 540 3.07GHz
4GM ram (I will eventually add a bit more.)
ATI Radeon HD 5450. (Wanting to upgrade this.)
DX4840 Motherboard (friend told me that's what my motherboard is)
and a 700W Aprevia power supply




Games i wish to play.
GTA IV maybe
Battlefield 3
Call of duty MW3
Call of Duty black ops II
Minecraft
APB:Reloaded

That's about it.

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a b U Graphics card
November 30, 2012 7:54:42 PM

You have a terrible power supply. Replace it ASAP. Get a Radeon HD 7870. That will be better than the GTX 660.
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a b U Graphics card
November 30, 2012 8:29:29 PM

Indeed, I have a 5450 in my brothers PC (HP slimline) it's a small step over the onboard graphics when it comes to WoW, or Starcraft 2. You have a good CPU I would recommend you buy these, if you want to spend some money:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Great PSU's I run a 750 watter and I love it enough to recommend it)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(These 1 Gig 7850's are really the best value you can get in a card, if your running a bigger monitor, say 1080p, a 2 Gig version is much better, but at that point a 7870 is only a few bucks more, they are also a very good deal)
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a b U Graphics card
November 30, 2012 8:41:37 PM

And yes, in some games you might get bottlenecked. But still it's a great upgrade, and you'll see significant increase of FPS in games!
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a b U Graphics card
November 30, 2012 9:16:18 PM

That galaxy 660 is a good deal, damn, I had a galaxy 220 die on me but I oc'd it to high back before I knew what I was doing. That i3 may or may not bottle neck, I thought it was an i5 until now. Still though, if it does bottleneck then you know what to upgrade next.
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December 3, 2012 4:55:37 AM

lostgamer_03 said:
And yes, in some games you might get bottlenecked. But still it's a great upgrade, and you'll see significant increase of FPS in games!



Do you think it would bottleneck playing battlefield 3 on normal settings @ 1280x720?
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 6:06:40 AM

BraidenC said:
Do you think it would bottleneck playing battlefield 3 on normal settings @ 1280x720?


At that resolution I think you'll run at ultra settings no problems!

I get 55 fps in avg. on ultra at 1920x1080 with same GPU and i5-3570. :) 

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December 3, 2012 6:08:51 AM

lostgamer_03 said:
At that resolution I think you'll run at ultra settings no problems!

I get 55 fps in avg. on ultra at 1920x1080 with same GPU and i5-3570. :) 




I don't even care about ultra! haha I'm not very picky. Normal or even high is fine with me.
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