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Windows 7: New Graphics Card Help

12 Jan 2014   #1

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New Graphics Card Help

Hey guys, i'm new to this forum but i know it will be alot of help so im going to try and see if you guys can help me out. i'll start of with my PC specs.
CPU - AMD athlon 651 x4 3ghz quadcore
MOBO - Gigabyte GA-A55M-S2V
RAM - 8 gig ddr3 corsair

My budget is around 140

At the moment i'm looking to purchase a new GPU as i feel mine is abit outdated ( gtx 460 ) from various people I've been suggested the
GTX 660 : MSI GeForce GTX 660 Twin Frozr IV OC GAMING 2GB GDDR5 | N660 GAMING 2GD5/OC
,AMD Radeon HD 7850
Radeon R9 270

My problem is that i'm worried the graphics cards may be bottle-necked by my CPU which is
AMD Athlon II X4 651K Black Edition CPU - Quad Core 3.00GHz, 4MB Cache Socket FM1: Computers & Accessories
could you guys possibly shed some light onto the situation for me and tell me if or how much my GPU would be bottlenecked ? Or would it be better to purchase a new MOBO/CPU for around the same price ?

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12 Jan 2014   #2

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Welcome BananaMann to SF's,

I'll let the much wiser and heavier gamer's step in and advise but I'm sure they will want to know how your current rig is doing and what games you play or want to play and the current settings you can get now. To me the current quad will do a decent job and will respond to a faster GPU.
I have two MSI 5770 R Hawks in crossfire in one rig and the rest are single card set ups. That MSI GTX660 will be a real winner. In another of my rigs I have a XFX 7870 and it's a beast.....crazy good. All three cards you've selected will be a nice step up!
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12 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Just get the 660 and roll with it. ( or the 760 )

My MSI 660 ran cool and quiet, and the games looked just fine.

Use it while you save for a new MB and CPU.
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