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CPU Upgrades for Triple Moniter Setup

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July 12, 2012 1:10:23 AM

Hey Guys,

I'm looking to get some cpu upgrades to a pc i built several year back to support a triple moniter setup. I'm finding myself overwehled with options, and my lack of hardware knowledge doesnt help. After reading coutless articles, and scouring forums, i still find myself wondering if the differences in my setup might warrant different options. Here's my basic specs, and i'll go into more detail about what im looking for and my delimas below.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week.

BUDGET RANGE: USD $250-500 (i might go higher to get the best value/price, i don't want to invest in something i won't be happy with)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Primarily for programming productivity, but i figure if i'm getting a triple moniter setup i might as well make it gaming capable.

I have'nt played any cpu games for quit awhile. Too busy with school, but i don't think i'll be able to resist playing around a bit with a triple moniter setup. I've been wanting to check out the new Star Wars MMO, Diablo 3, and I have the new StarCraft 2 which ill definately boot up again. And ill maybe look for some random 3 moniter supportive games to give a try.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core Processor 2.6 GHz, 950 watt power

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Windows 7 64-bit, Asus M3N72-D MotherBoard(2 x PCI Express 2.2), 4gb 1066, raid hd setup

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Bestbuy since i have financing with them already. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference, but i think my MB has some kind of NVidia gpu boost tech that i might want to leverage.

OVERCLOCKING: No, SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, but my board supports SLI and i'd like to use it cuz it just sounds like fun to have 2 GPUs.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 resolution

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Ok, so here's some things that i've been wondering.

- Would it be more advantagous to have two lesser cards hooked up on SLI vs one super beefy card? I was looking on the "Best Graphics Cards For The Money" page here, and i could get 2 x EVGA's GeForce GTX 480 for the price of one GeForce GTX 670.

- I'm looking to purchase 3 x Asus VE258Q moniters. They seem like a decent buy, and have display ports which i'd like to leverage if possible(and i think i need one, or an adapter for 3 moniter setups if i don't have one, for ATI setups at least). If anyone think i'm going the wrong direction here, feel free to comment.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+25%26%2334%3B+Widesc...

- ATI cards seem to support triple moniter setups with more ease from what i've read, however, am i losing benefits from having a NVidia MB. According to my MB specs page: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M3N72D/

It's got something called GeForce Boost which combines my MB GPU processing with the video cards. More about it here at NVidia's website: http://www.nvidia.com/object/hybrid_sli.html

- I want to upgrade my RAM, but i can't find any 4gb ddr2 1066s. Do these even exist? I found some ddr2 4gb 800s, so it made no sense why i couldn't find them at a higher speed. Or do you think 4 x 4gb chips are overboard anyways? I figured if i got two for now, i'd then have the room to upgrade if i wanted, and max leverage my 64 bit OS. Do you have any reccommendations for me?

Thanks in advance!
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July 12, 2012 4:37:31 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 powerful card is better than 2 dinky cards B/C crossfire/SLI have many issues that come along with em

your gonna be looking at alot of money for triple monitor setups, or atleast one worth using, and i wouldn't suggest getting multi monitor unless your a gaming enthusiast, or have a use for it otherwize

AMD has better support for multi monitor, but Nvidia has support as well (surround gaming)

sorry im going to use the canadian best buy site
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/visiontek-visiontek...
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/corsair-corsair-600...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
that's my recommendations
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July 13, 2012 12:59:02 AM

Thanks!

I was taking a look at that processor, i'm surprised at how cheap these things are getting. It's been a while since i was in the market. I got my quad-core right around when they first came out.

I noticed while i was on the page, that MBs are quite cheap now too. If im investing in a new card, processor, and memory(i already have a 950 watt power supply btw), should i just get a new MB so i can leverage DDR3?

I wonder if im investing in a dinosaur.

300 - GPU
100 - Processor
120 - RAM
= 520?

If it was you, what would you do? I could almost just sell my PC and build a new one at this point im thinking and be better off.
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July 13, 2012 1:24:49 AM

you won't get much money for your current parts, and ddr3 ram is about 50$ for 8GB, which isn't bad... though i would just reccomend sticking with your current mobo and upgrading the GFX card
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