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Nascar 2003 running 3 monitors, need system advice?

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October 14, 2012 5:33:15 PM

Hi, saw the post about someone upgrading, but was wondering what would be a good system that will run nascar 2003 with 3 monitors, if I was starting from scratch! Thanks Dano :hello:  :hello:  :hello:  :hello: 
October 14, 2012 7:13:06 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this month

Budget Range: ($1500 - $2500) Before Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming Nascar 2003 , unreal tournament, microsoft office, powerpoint files, photos

Are you buying a monitor: No , I have 3 now, 2 square monitors NEC Mutlisync LCD 1970 ovx, and one widescreen Samsung Syncmaster 225 BW

Parts to Upgrade: Have 2 hard drives Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com -- tiger.ca

Location: City, State/Region, Country - we need to know where these parts are being assembled and whether there are good store-only deals available

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes SLI is what I've been reading on your forums, will work?

Your Monitor Resolution: not sure

Additional Comments: Nascar 2003 mainly, microsoft office

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Will move this computer to my office

Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts. Please do not post only links.
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October 14, 2012 7:42:15 PM

With all do respect, you could buy a used craigslist system for around $150 and play those 2 games maxed out...
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October 15, 2012 12:51:07 AM

^he has a point. Though I believe the $150 is a bit of an exaggeration. :lol: 
You might wanna consider graphic-heavy games to make use of the build I'm gonna suggest for your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.84 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1435.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

See, you don't have to go $1500+

This build is overclock ready, if you're not sure how to, there's alot of guides out there.

The SSD is where you'll install the OS and your favorite games/programs for faster loading and boot times. The 2tb HDD will serve as a storage drive where you'll save large files, downloads, etc.

AMD is the best in Eyefinity setups, and currently wins on price:p erformance. The 7970 GHz will be able to max out any game you throw at it.

The PSU is 850w, you can add another 7970 GHz in the future for Crossfire without having to upgrade wattage.

The Blackhawk is one of the best casings I've seen. It has 5 pre-installed fans, very spacy inside, convenient front ports, and has great cable management.
October 20, 2012 3:14:58 AM

Awesome, thanks for your help, and seeing that I do not have to spend my budget!



excella1221 said:
^he has a point. Though I believe the $150 is a bit of an exaggeration. :lol: 
You might wanna consider graphic-heavy games to make use of the build I'm gonna suggest for your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.84 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1435.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

See, you don't have to go $1500+

This build is overclock ready, if you're not sure how to, there's alot of guides out there.

The SSD is where you'll install the OS and your favorite games/programs for faster loading and boot times. The 2tb HDD will serve as a storage drive where you'll save large files, downloads, etc.

AMD is the best in Eyefinity setups, and currently wins on price:p erformance. The 7970 GHz will be able to max out any game you throw at it.

The PSU is 850w, you can add another 7970 GHz in the future for Crossfire without having to upgrade wattage.

The Blackhawk is one of the best casings I've seen. It has 5 pre-installed fans, very spacy inside, convenient front ports, and has great cable management.

October 20, 2012 3:19:38 AM

Does that video card take 3 monitors, or do I use 2 video cards? Which way gives more frame rates? thks




excella1221 said:
^he has a point. Though I believe the $150 is a bit of an exaggeration. :lol: 
You might wanna consider graphic-heavy games to make use of the build I'm gonna suggest for your budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.84 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($429.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Canada Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1435.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

See, you don't have to go $1500+

This build is overclock ready, if you're not sure how to, there's alot of guides out there.

The SSD is where you'll install the OS and your favorite games/programs for faster loading and boot times. The 2tb HDD will serve as a storage drive where you'll save large files, downloads, etc.

AMD is the best in Eyefinity setups, and currently wins on price:p erformance. The 7970 GHz will be able to max out any game you throw at it.

The PSU is 850w, you can add another 7970 GHz in the future for Crossfire without having to upgrade wattage.

The Blackhawk is one of the best casings I've seen. It has 5 pre-installed fans, very spacy inside, convenient front ports, and has great cable management.

October 20, 2012 5:29:43 AM

Why NASCAR 2003? NASCAR the Game: Inside Line is coming out next month. Just personal pref?
October 20, 2012 7:39:11 AM

didnt know
October 31, 2012 8:10:02 PM

He may know computers, but when it comes to bang for the buck and realism, you can't beat Nascar 2003 unless you are going to pay monthly for Rfactor or iracing. The developers left that game as open source, sort of like linux and OpenOffice, and users have been updating and creating new mods for the game for all of these years. There are no off-the-shelf games that even come close to the simulation mode of Nk23. If you want to run inexpensively with others, visit openspeedway.net and check it out. They run a 24 hour server that anyone can race on for free and you will usually find at least 25-30 folks on there during the evenings - just sayin. I'm sure there are others out there, I just like most of the rules and guys at OS. Hope that helps.
October 31, 2012 11:21:27 PM

dopsdad said:
He may know computers, but when it comes to bang for the buck and realism, you can't beat Nascar 2003 unless you are going to pay monthly for Rfactor or iracing. The developers left that game as open source, sort of like linux and OpenOffice, and users have been updating and creating new mods for the game for all of these years. There are no off-the-shelf games that even come close to the simulation mode of Nk23. If you want to run inexpensively with others, visit openspeedway.net and check it out. They run a 24 hour server that anyone can race on for free and you will usually find at least 25-30 folks on there during the evenings - just sayin. I'm sure there are others out there, I just like most of the rules and guys at OS. Hope that helps.



Been on OpenSpeedway for about 5 years now, racing Nascar 2003 nothing comes close to this game, have tried others, racing dirt cars now at openspeedway, what a blast, no password needed, and they have done a great job updating this game, thks Dan
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