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I use this rig for alot of other things like editing, media station, will the bottleneck effect anything like that. I do alot of recording aswell
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I really doubt an i3 would significantly bottleneck a 550ti. The 550ti is not a very powerful card.
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I use this rig for alot of other things like editing, media station, will the bottleneck effect anything like that. I do alot of recording aswell

I feel you are a little confused about this "bottleneck" business. There's always something holding FPS back at any point in time. FPS would be infinitely high if it wasn't like that. Sometimes the CPU runs as fast as it can while the GPU is still a bit bored and could run faster. Sometimes the GPU runs at 100% and the CPU has to wait on it and chill. That's just normal.

You say your FPS are fine. This means everything's fine for you. You should only call something a bottleneck if your FPS are seriously bad.
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Thats the thing though, I dont know if this is happening to anyone else but every minute or my GPU would go down to 7% Usage and FPS would drop making the game unbearable
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Not going for i7, they dont give any better results than a i5 would

Go with an i5, overclock it.

Definitely upgrade the GPU, maybe a GTX 760.

Or if you're on a budget, maybe a last gen card? 650ti, or 660/660ti.

I used to run an i3-2120 with an 8800GTX, tried a PNY reference 550ti from Best Buy, not difference. Returned that promptly.

Saved a lil longer and got the Windforce GTX 670 instead, rocked BF3 on Ultra (single player) no problem, played Multiplayer on Ultra textures, but turned all post processing off for gameplay purposes(AA, AO, etc).

Upgraded to the i5-3570K, much much better overall.
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Thats the thing though, I dont know if this is happening to anyone else but every minute or my GPU would go down to 7% Usage and FPS would drop making the game unbearable

Yeah, I don't think that the i3 is bottlenecking it at all.
That 550ti wasn't a fast card when it came out, much less 3 years later.

Remember, BF4 is still in Beta. It isn't going to run right for everyone. The drivers aren't even fully ready for the game.

I would say upgrade your GPU first and foremost. Your budget would depend on the card I would suggest, but if you are happy with just 720p gaming give it some time for the official game release and a driver update, then judge what you need based on that.

You will get better performance from an i5/FX-83X0, but if you don't want to spend the money on a CPU, what you have will work.


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Thats the thing though, I dont know if this is happening to anyone else but every minute or my GPU would go down to 7% Usage and FPS would drop making the game unbearable

that is a driver issue. if your i3 was the main problem it would consistently be the same. but if the gpu usage is up and down then its a driver. did you update to the beta? and somewhere i read someone rolled back to a previous driver helped. (which one i forgot) remember this is beta . . no sense in throwing everything out and upgrading before you know how the finished product will work. but it probably will be likely . .
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I'm running the Bf4 driver, v331.40
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i have heard some people having problems with that . . .
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