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Old 07-10-2014, 11:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, my PC is pretty old, it's been like four years since it was built, i probably won't have the money for next big system upgrade in the next two or three years, and until this time i would like to play games on this machine in 1080p @60fps medium-high. What is the best nvidia card that this rig can handle without bottlenecking it/throttling/generally slowing it down? I'm looking for the nvidia gpu because of multi core support, my cpu's cores are pretty weak so i would like to utilize as many of them as it's possible.

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Old 07-10-2014, 12:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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GPUs don't automatically enable a game to use more than a core or two. Most all games are still heavily single threaded.

A nice 760 should give you a significant increase in performance. If you aren't on stock cooling I would raise your clock speed up to at least 3.2 or 3.4GHz.
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But will it work with it's full potential? People told me that basically every gtx i put in this thing will be cut to non-ti 660's performance level, is this just a bunch of horse crap? Is there a need to pay extra? Will this PC utilize 660 ti's or even 760's maximum capabilities?
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It's horsecrap. You have to be running like 5+ year old CPU and hardware to bottleneck it.
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Hence the slight OC I told you to go about doing, you'll have full performance. Stock clocks won't bottleneck, but it'll increase game performance nonetheless which will be greatly needed.
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The problem is that i actually am on the ****ty stock cooling which i was planning on replacing with SilentiumPC Spartan Pro HE924, but i can't afford 760 and the new radiator, should i buy 760 or 660 ti with a new cooler?
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Get the 760 now, and I recommend the CM 212 EVO instead when you can get it, or if you can afford it later a Corsair H series cooler.
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It's horsecrap. You have to be running like 5+ year old CPU and hardware to bottleneck it.
true but it depends on what games he wants to play
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A Phenom 2 hex will play any game perfectly fine today, especially with a mild OC.
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This is true. I'm gaming on a Phenom II X6 at the moment while my main PC's motherboard is dead, and it's absolutely fine. Basically the same as my i5-4440. The GPU is the important thing in gaming assuming your CPU isn't ancient.
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