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October 21, 2011 7:58:10 PM

It seems like my machine is bottlenecking at the cpu and gpu. I am currently running amd x3 720 be , 8gig 1333, and nvidia 260. My ram gets max out, my processor is hitting the wall and my gpu isn't able to keep up either. Yes, I know my specs suck, but I am looking at upgrading soon, and then build a whole new system. I feel it's more a problem with the cpu then anything else, but even the gpu is old. My ram is completely used, but I do not think updating that will help that much. So what's everyone's thoughts on my setup?

Currently playing StarCraft 2 @1x1080p, Lineage 2 @3x1080p, 3x1080p bad company, black ops 3x1080p, and Rage @1x1080p. I will for sure be playing skyrim, whatever else that looks good.

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nvidia 430
8gb 1333

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October 22, 2011 1:27:46 AM

Holy your comp is killing your RAM, does using 3 displays really use that much or do you have other applications running?

I think that the CPU should be good for another while, or you could probably overclock it a little if you are not happy with it.

I would recommend getting a new GPU, the one that you have now isn't the newest. You can get a GTX 460 for $150, or even better an ATI Radeon 6850 for $155
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October 22, 2011 5:20:28 AM

I have a lot of applications open, and I know it. browsers plus skype is almost half lols. I might actually get the 460. It's a beast of a card for how old it is. :D 
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October 22, 2011 1:31:21 PM

If your running 3 monitors, I would prefer a high end ATI.
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October 22, 2011 1:37:55 PM

yeah if you are running multiple monitors then thats the issue. ATI runs well on the higher end with the extra vram on multiple monitors
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October 22, 2011 2:47:19 PM

doesn't proper monitor setup for nvidia require SLI? So i'd definately go ATI if the connections on the monitors allow it. You've got a weak setup driving a high end monitor rig in my opinion.

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October 22, 2011 2:49:03 PM

13thmonkey said:
doesn't proper monitor setup for nvidia require SLI? So i'd definately go ATI if the connections on the monitors allow it. You've got a weak setup driving a high end monitor rig in my opinion.

youre correct, and i agree; not a good multiple monitor setup
nvidia can do two monitors with one card, but requires sli for 3
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October 23, 2011 5:38:26 PM

I will be going with nvidia for their support in unix/gnu os. I am thinking of going for the 460 or just waiting for my new system. At this point, I have been doing all soft hacks for multiple monitors, as you see I can't use the 430 for surround view. But multiple monitor is a must for my next build. :D 
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October 23, 2011 5:54:10 PM

takk said:
I will be going with nvidia for their support in unix/gnu os. I am thinking of going for the 460 or just waiting for my new system. At this point, I have been doing all soft hacks for multiple monitors, as you see I can't use the 430 for surround view. But multiple monitor is a must for my next build. :D 


yeah multimonitor I would have to say go ATI ...... Nvidia is just ...Meh atm for multi set up. Also ...if you want to go with 3x1080 monitors your set up will be quite expensive. I would suggest going with sli or xfired card and a good PSU. In an event for what you want an upgrade or new comp is going to be an expensive one. . . . I'm guessing $700-$1200.
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October 23, 2011 6:14:16 PM

I am almost ready to build the new system, and I am toying the idea of the monitor layout. I was thinking of getting 2x columns 3xmonitors each, botton for 3xlandscape, and the top 2xlandscape for output and movies, :D  but the far right would be for my second computer.
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I am looking at $2k for the computer, not including the monitors or stand. I really wanted to go with 2550x1600 [or 2550x1440] for each monitor, but that's way too expensive for this build, as the monitors would cost more then the whole system~!! I agree, nvidia hasn't been doing so well for trip-monitor support and the 590 is none-existed.

Just right now, I can't decide if upgrading my gpu is worth, thus meaning I would have to get new monitors right now for the trip monitors setup AND/OR needing a new psu instead of waiting for when I build my new system. I will for sure be using the this card in the future when I get my new system.
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October 24, 2011 10:46:45 PM

takk said:
I am almost ready to build the new system, and I am toying the idea of the monitor layout. I was thinking of getting 2x columns 3xmonitors each, botton for 3xlandscape, and the top 2xlandscape for output and movies, :D  but the far right would be for my second computer.
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[......] [......] [......] <-second computer
[......] [......] [......]


I am looking at $2k for the computer, not including the monitors or stand. I really wanted to go with 2550x1600 [or 2550x1440] for each monitor, but that's way too expensive for this build, as the monitors would cost more then the whole system~!! I agree, nvidia hasn't been doing so well for trip-monitor support and the 590 is none-existed.

Just right now, I can't decide if upgrading my gpu is worth, thus meaning I would have to get new monitors right now for the trip monitors setup AND/OR needing a new psu instead of waiting for when I build my new system. I will for sure be using the this card in the future when I get my new system.


5 monitors is complete overkill ...... I would get 3 of the same widescreen monitors ACER has some nice ones and a 6970 or 6990. That be a NICE set up. but that is just my opinion ...and I HATE bezels.
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November 3, 2011 3:22:42 AM

I have already been using trip-display for the past year or so... Not enough :)  I want to try 5x1 landscape, but single monitor games sounds impossible. :( 
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