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Upgrading my system, what should i upgrade next?

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March 13, 2014 10:46:53 PM

OK so I have recently upgraded my system from an AMD FX-4300 CPU and a 990FX Chip set motherboard to an i5-4670k CPU and a Z87 Chip set motherboard and have seen a massive increase in performance in CPU heavy games.

I now have to think about GPU performance I have a GTX660(non Ti), I haven't had any problems with it so far with the games I currently play Arma 2 Wasteland and DayZ SA but I want to start playing Battlefield 4.

Options and Questions
1. Will my GTX660 run BF4 on at least high settings not dropping below 60fps
2. Is it worth buying a second GTX 660 for around $300 to run in SLI for BF4 Price/Performance
Or
3.Buy a new Monitor upgrading from Screen resolution 1680*1050 @59hz to a an 1920*1080 144hz 6ms response time for around $300
4.Buy better RAM

Any recommendations are welcome.
I am on a limited budget.
System Specs are as follows.

Case RaidMax Agusta
Cpu: i5-4670k
Motherboard: Z87X-D3H
GPU: GTX660
RAM: Kingston 8GB 1600 DDR3 CL11
Hard Drives: Adata 128GB SSD for OS and 3 various sized HDD for data storage
PSU: Gigabyte Superb 720w

Thank you in advance for your suggestions



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March 13, 2014 11:07:42 PM

Abolition said:
OK so I have recently upgraded my system from an AMD FX-4300 CPU and a 990FX Chip set motherboard to an i5-4670k CPU and a Z87 Chip set motherboard and have seen a massive increase in performance in CPU heavy games.

I now have to think about GPU performance I have a GTX660(non Ti), I haven't had any problems with it so far with the games I currently play Arma 2 Wasteland and DayZ SA but I want to start playing Battlefield 4.

Options and Questions
1. Will my GTX660 run BF4 on at least high settings not dropping below 60fps
2. Is it worth buying a second GTX 660 for around $300 to run in SLI for BF4 Price/Performance
Or
3.Buy a new Monitor upgrading from Screen resolution 1680*1050 @59hz to a an 1920*1080 144hz 6ms response time for around $300
4.Buy better RAM

Any recommendations are welcome.
I am on a limited budget.
System Specs are as follows.

Case RaidMax Agusta
Cpu: i5-4670k
Motherboard: Z87X-D3H
GPU: GTX660
RAM: Kingston 8GB 1600 DDR3 CL11
Hard Drives: Adata 128GB SSD for OS and 3 various sized HDD for data storage
PSU: Gigabyte Superb 720w

Thank you in advance for your suggestions





Adding a high quality SSD is almost always your best bet. It absolutely blew my mind when I first used an SSD. I went with a Samsung 840 Pro. For performance increase, this is what you want. BLAZING fast!
March 13, 2014 11:13:33 PM

Your ram is fine my recommendation would be to sell your 660 and buy a gtx 770 for about 330 which can max at anything at 1080p. You should get about $150 or so for your 660 so youre only paying $180 for a huge upgrade. Im not a huge fan of sli b/c heat, stuttering, issues with drivers, need for a bigger psu ect. Also you can pick up a 60hz monitor 1080p for $130 if youre ok with 60hz that way you could max everything out and play at 1080p for the price that you would have just gotten the one 144hz monitor.
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March 14, 2014 12:59:36 AM


Quote:
Adding a high quality SSD is almost always your best bet. It absolutely blew my mind when I first used an SSD. I went with a Samsung 840 Pro. For performance increase, this is what you want. BLAZING fast!


I have a ADATA SX900 SSD not sure if it's a high quality one but definitely noticed the difference i also have Arma 2 and DayZ SA installed on it

March 14, 2014 1:08:33 AM

Sharphawk1234 said:
Your ram is fine my recommendation would be to sell your 660 and buy a gtx 770 for about 330 which can max at anything at 1080p. You should get about $150 or so for your 660 so youre only paying $180 for a huge upgrade. Im not a huge fan of sli b/c heat, stuttering, issues with drivers, need for a bigger psu ect. Also you can pick up a 60hz monitor 1080p for $130 if youre ok with 60hz that way you could max everything out and play at 1080p for the price that you would have just gotten the one 144hz monitor.


Unfortunately where i live a GTX770 ranges from about $550 to $700 we seem to pay a lot more for hardware anything above a 750 Ti is out of my price range there seems to be a massive price jump.
Would i notice a big difference between a 60hz and 144hz monitors?
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March 14, 2014 9:41:32 AM

Abolition said:

Quote:
Adding a high quality SSD is almost always your best bet. It absolutely blew my mind when I first used an SSD. I went with a Samsung 840 Pro. For performance increase, this is what you want. BLAZING fast!


I have a ADATA SX900 SSD not sure if it's a high quality one but definitely noticed the difference i also have Arma 2 and DayZ SA installed on it



Here is a comparison between your SSD and the Samsung. The Samsung blows it away, so if you notice a difference with the SX900, imagine what the Samsung would be like!
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w...
March 15, 2014 5:38:28 PM

dustinhunt78 said:

Here is a comparison between your SSD and the Samsung. The Samsung blows it away, so if you notice a difference with the SX900, imagine what the Samsung would be like!
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w...


I can't argue with the performance difference but the SX900 is fast enough for me since the 840 is about $70 more
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March 15, 2014 5:43:22 PM

Abolition said:
dustinhunt78 said:

Here is a comparison between your SSD and the Samsung. The Samsung blows it away, so if you notice a difference with the SX900, imagine what the Samsung would be like!
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=w...


I can't argue with the performance difference but the SX900 is fast enough for me since the 840 is about $70 more


At the end of the day, that's all that matters. :)  Find the parts that suit your needs and budget alike. Nothing wrong with your choice.
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March 24, 2014 11:56:15 PM

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