So after a few days of being undecided as to whether I buy the i5 4670k or the AMD FX 8230 I eventually opted for the FX 8320 as multi-tasking will be what I will be demanding most from the machine with some moderate gaming.
I am wanting to use dual monitors, one for playing poker (multitabling) and the other for video streaming simultaneously. At present I have a Intel Core 2 Duo E6850@3Ghz with 2x4GB DDR2 1333Mhz ram alongside 2x Quadro FX570 graphic cards. Now when playing say 6 tables of the poker and browsing firefox the cpu really starts to feel the strain and if I were to connect the 2nd monitor the pc just struggles ridiculously bad so I thought it would be best to treat myself with a decent machine.
However, I am wondering, with the graphics card I have purchased, can I have one monitor connected via the hdmi and the other via the dvi and they will both run smooth side by side?
If not what should I do? I have ordered most of the components from Amazon and I still have time to change my order around as they have not processed it yet.
My other question relates to cooling, should I buy any extra fans for case and Hyper 212 Evo?
I have posted the link to my case. I have not built a pc for years so any advice would be greatly appreciated and if anyone could perhaps guide me with the fan setup for which way the airflow will be going.
CPU: AMD FX-8320 M/Board: ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0, AMD, Socket AM3+, 970, 90-MIBJJ0-G0EAY0MZ Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8gb (2 X 4gb) Memory Kit Pc3-17066 2133mhz PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Bronze Power Supply Unit Case: Cooler Master N-Series N300 - USB 3.0 ATX Case Click Here for case info KKN1 Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm) DVD Drive: Samsung 24x GPU: PowerColor R7 250 OC 2GB DDR3 VGA DVI HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card
Your perfectly fine to connect as many monitors as there are ports on the card, it should run fine.
4GB of VRAM on an R7 240 is useless (especially DDR3 VRAM, not even GDDR5), the GPU is nowhere near capable of leveraging that much VRAM, made worse by the narrow 128bit memory bus.
Low end cards with lots of VRAM are basically just hoping to sucker in people who dont know what their looking at.