Bottleneck Build w/ GTX 660?

So soon enough I will buy an MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr III, but I am having trouble thinking that this will bottleneck(which it will most likely will) with my current CPU which I don't have any intentions to upgrade...

My Current Specs:
OS: Windows 7 Home Basic 32-Bit
CPU: Intel Core i3 550 @3.2 GHz
GPU: Power Color Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1x4GB DDR3 1333
HDD: Samsung HD502HJ 500GB 7200RPM SATA
PSU: Seasonic M12II 620Watts
CHA: Fractal Design Core 1000
MOBO: Asus P7H55-M LX

Should I even buy it?
Will it be a minor bottleneck?

Please note that I do not intend to upgrade any of my current specs due to a small budget...

-Thank You in Advance!
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  1. you should still be fine
  2. Will it bottleneck though? and if yes, would it be just a minor one?
  3. if you upgrade your CPU, you would obviously get better fps, but the 660 shouldnt be bottlenecked by a huge amount. maybe a little.
  4. can this rig(assuming that the 660 is installed) play a game such as BF3(Online) in high settings and get some decent Frame Rate, like uhmm 40+ perhaps?
  5. It all depends on the game - bottlenecking isn't a yes or no. Your CPU can run every game out there on Ultra at playable framerates. It may keep the GTX 660 from a constant 100% usage sometimes, but it depends on the game - you probably won't notice unless you look at your framerates.
  6. XFA24 said:
    can this rig(assuming that the 660 is installed) play a game such as BF3(Online) in high settings and get some decent Frame Rate, like uhmm 40+ perhaps?

    Definitely.
  7. jessterman21 said:
    Definitely.


    I assume that you play BF3 Online, may I know your average frame rate with your rig?
  8. you should be able to play ultra settings. my friend ran a pentium e2200 (775 chip) and a 6870 and still got high/ultra settings
  9. TheBigTroll said:
    you should be able to play ultra settings. my friend ran a pentium e2200 (775 chip) and a 6870 and still got high/ultra settings


    woah, I assume that my CPU is better than your friend's, but may i know his average frame rate?
  10. you'll be fine :). But nowadays game can fully use 4 cores to get better performance (i.e Far Cry 3).
  11. XFA24 said:
    I assume that you play BF3 Online, may I know your average frame rate with your rig?

    I don't, but I know the GTX 660 can run BF3 at 60fps or better on Ultra @1080p as long as you only use Antialiasing Post. For MP, you should probably keep the game on High so you get less drops below 60. I've been playing the Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta, and I've been getting 35-55 fps on High settings, and I daresay it's more CPU-intensive than BF3 MP.

    You'll be fine - your framerate will never drop below 30fps, and you'll probably stay right at 60fps most of the time.
  12. jessterman21 said:
    I don't, but I know the GTX 660 can run BF3 at 60fps or better on Ultra @1080p as long as you only use Antialiasing Post. For MP, you should probably keep the game on High so you get less drops below 60. I've been playing the Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta, and I've been getting 35-55 fps on High settings, and I daresay it's more CPU-intensive than BF3 MP.

    You'll be fine - your framerate will never drop below 30fps, and you'll probably stay right at 60fps most of the time.


    Oh i see, well then, thanks for the tip!
  13. ashharun said:
    you'll be fine :). But nowadays game can fully use 4 cores to get better performance (i.e Far Cry 3).


    Yeah, but unfortunately, my priority is with the GPU :D
  14. ashharun said:
    you'll be fine :). But nowadays game can fully use 4 cores to get better performance (i.e Far Cry 3).


    Yeah, but unfortunately, my priority is with the GPU :D
  15. XFA24 said:
    Yeah, but unfortunately, my priority is with the GPU :D

    Yeah, it still will be great with i3. 660 is nice card too :D
  16. Thanks for the help guys!, I'm looking forward to buy that GTX 660!! :D
  17. ashharun said:
    Yeah, it still will be great with i3. 660 is nice card too :D


    sweeeet!!, thanks bro!!
  18. jessterman21 said:
    It all depends on the game - bottlenecking isn't a yes or no. Your CPU can run every game out there on Ultra at playable framerates. It may keep the GTX 660 from a constant 100% usage sometimes, but it depends on the game - you probably won't notice unless you look at your framerates.


    ohhh, i see...
  19. XFA24 said:
    ohhh, i see...

    Your i3 is good because it can handle 4 threads at a time. Not the best, but as we've said, plenty for smooth gaming.
  20. wait a sec. get this gtx 660 instead. cools slightly better for cheaper
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-109-GI&groupid=701&catid=1914&subcat=
  21. I had an i5 650.. It didn't bottleneck my 660 very much.
  22. TheBigTroll said:
    wait a sec. get this gtx 660 instead. cools slightly better for cheaper
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-109-GI&groupid=701&catid=1914&subcat=


    yeah, I thought of buying that but unfortunately, it is unavailable in my country (Philippines)
  23. venny_ said:
    I had an i5 650.. It didn't bottleneck my 660 very much.


    didn't bottleneck very much?

    do you mean it just bottlenecked about 1-5% with your GPU?
  24. jessterman21 said:
    Your i3 is good because it can handle 4 threads at a time. Not the best, but as we've said, plenty for smooth gaming.


    sweeeeeeeeeet!
  25. with normal GALAXY gtx 660 (stock), i get 60 fps on everything maxed in bf3 at a resolution of 1600x900 :)
  26. iippo1998 said:
    with normal GALAXY gtx 660 (stock), i get 60 fps on everything maxed in bf3 at a resolution of 1600x900 :)


    and I assume you're running on a CPU that is less than or equal to the potential of the Core i3 550?
  27. i dont see why you were posting on the UK site but then again ok. dont worry, you should be able to play ultra or max for most games
  28. TheBigTroll said:
    i dont see why you were posting on the UK site but then again ok. dont worry, you should be able to play ultra or max for most games


    the server was redirecting me to the uk site, sorry bout that...
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