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    Matching a 660GTX to a i3

    I've currently got a Sandy Bridge Intel i3 in my PC. I can't remember the exact model number but it's a dual core running at 3.06Ghz. My current graphics card is a Nvidia 260 job. I'm on the verge of upgrading the PC as a whole but before I do, I was wondering if it was worth my while. The PC is currently fine for what I do (mess around, play a rare game) but I'm wanting to play a few graphics heavy games such as Crysis and Metro: First Light. The resolution would be 1080p and ideally all settings will be as high as they can go. Would I be OK just adding a 660GTX to my current PC or will I really need an i5 to get the benefits?

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    Re: Matching a 660GTX to a i3

    Both Crysis3 and Metro:Last Light can thread well in certain places and can take advantage of a quad core. The CPU you have is a Core i3 540 I suspect - I would try to overclock it as they were known to be decent overclockers.

    The GTX660 will be a good overall upgrade,and you will see a decent improvement in framerates,even if the CPU holds you back sometimes.

    I would probably overclock your Core i3 and get the GTX660 and see how you fare with both games.

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    Re: Matching a 660GTX to a i3

    Yes, you're right. The CPU is an i3 540. It came back to me when I read your post! I didn't know they were good over clockers so I may give that a wee whirl. I'm pretty certain I'm using a Ninja Scythe HSF so there's a bit of cooling headroom there.
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    Re: Matching a 660GTX to a i3

    What motherboard do you have??

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    Re: Matching a 660GTX to a i3

    It's a Gigabyte H55N USB3.
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    Re: Matching a 660GTX to a i3

    Welcome fellow SFF PC fan!!

    Despite,being a mini-ITX motherboard you should be able to get a decent overclock. However,I would make sure the VRMs get some cool air as the HSF you have is vertically orientated.

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    The GTX700 series might launch next month,but OTH it is hard to say when the GTX760 will be released.

    However,the GTX660 does come with a copy of Metro:Last Light.

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    Re: Matching a 660GTX to a i3

    Yeah the i3 will hold you back sometimes, but there's always going to be some component holding you back.

    A GTX660 will be a huge upgrade for you.

    Crysis sadly will murder your poor little i3, but not as hard as it would murder a 260.

    We don't even know if there will be a GTX760 so I wouldn't start worrying about that.

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    Re: Matching a 660GTX to a i3

    At worst, if you do still decide to upgrade the whole PC you can carry the GTX660 over to that.

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    Re: Matching a 660GTX to a i3

    Metro seems to require more grunt than Crysis3 after running them both on a GTX660 with a Xeon E3 1220 quad core. You will need to turn a few settings down if you want consistently over 30FPS even at 1680X1050.

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    Re: Matching a 660GTX to a i3

    Thanks all for the input. I've just read that 4A, Metro's developers, recommend a Titan for the top end, everything on settings!
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