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Want to run Bioshock Infinite on eyefinity setup - Upgrade or build?

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February 23, 2013 2:40:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: over the next month or so
Budget Range: under $700-800 minus the case, psu, and Monitrs

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surf webbing, maybe autocad or solidworks

Are you buying a monitor: Not in this build pricing, but I'm hoping to run 3 ASUS VE248Q
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, MOBO, Ram, Video Card **Reusing RAIDMAX Hybrid 2 RX-730SS PSU** http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com
Location: US
Parts Preferences: No clue, past couple builds have been AMD, will switch if better performance

Overclocking: Most likely not
SLI or Crossfire: Possibly one day, not planning on buying 2 video cards right away though

Your Monitor Resolution:1920 x 1080Additional
Comments: I am reusing a case and power supply for now

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want to run eyefinity, now I have mismatched monitors. I want to take advantage of as many combos as possible namely the free bioshock and ___________(dont care if its tombraider or crysis 3) for the video card.


This is my comp now
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($91.80 @ Compuvest)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($133.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.57 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($258.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($114.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Raidmax 730W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (32-bit) ($167.22 @ Amazon)
Total: $955.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 11:37 EST-0500)



This is the start of an intel build based on what I could find online, no clue as to how this would work together. This mobo at newegg also comes with 8GB of Corsair DDR3 1600 combo.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $489.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 11:17 EST-0500)
February 24, 2013 12:20:41 AM

any advice?
February 25, 2013 1:26:13 AM

Mcannon said:
Approximate Purchase Date: over the next month or so
Budget Range: under $700-800 minus the case, psu, and Monitrs

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surf webbing, maybe autocad or solidworks

Are you buying a monitor: Not in this build pricing, but I'm hoping to run 3 ASUS VE248Q
Parts to Upgrade: CPU, MOBO, Ram, Video Card **Reusing RAIDMAX Hybrid 2 RX-730SS PSU** http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com
Location: US
Parts Preferences: No clue, past couple builds have been AMD, will switch if better performance

Overclocking: Most likely not
SLI or Crossfire: Possibly one day, not planning on buying 2 video cards right away though

Your Monitor Resolution:1920 x 1080Additional
Comments: I am reusing a case and power supply for now

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want to run eyefinity, now I have mismatched monitors. I want to take advantage of as many combos as possible namely the free bioshock and ___________(dont care if its tombraider or crysis 3) for the video card.


This is my comp now
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($91.80 @ Compuvest)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($133.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($107.57 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($258.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($114.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Raidmax 730W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (32-bit) ($167.22 @ Amazon)
Total: $955.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 11:37 EST-0500)



This is the start of an intel build based on what I could find online, no clue as to how this would work together. This mobo at newegg also comes with 8GB of Corsair DDR3 1600 combo.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $489.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 11:17 EST-0500)

downgrade that CPU and MB to i5-3470 and H77/B75 MB since you're not planning on overclocking...spend the rest of the money on GPU...HD 7950 should be able to run well on eyefinity setup... u might as well consider changing that PSU to a better quality one...that PSU is not good...change it to something like this
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/fsp-group-power-supply-rai...
don't cheap out on PSU...
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February 25, 2013 1:30:51 AM

Raidmax is the worst of the worst. Get something from Antec, XFX< Corsair, Seasonic. Chances are your 730w PSU only makes 450 watts.
February 25, 2013 2:42:06 AM

I think your better off going with an AMD cpu and saving money off the motherboard for a new psu.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($422.13 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $795.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 23:40 EST-0500)
April 5, 2013 7:01:38 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8H77-V LE ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.94 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($382.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $732.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-05 10:02 EDT-0400)

You can't overclock the motherboard like you wanted, and it will support 2 graphics cards in the future. If you're using it primarily for gaming you'll wnt a nice graphics card. Pick a good psu.
April 5, 2013 7:15:09 AM

I'd stick with AMD to be honest, and use money to upgrade the power supply. You don't need a $130 850W unit as recommended above though... Something like a 520W M12ii from Seasonic will probably be about half that, and be plenty of power for you. Don't stick with the Raidmax though, they are known for explosions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezk9OA7aKOE

I think the only other components that are holding you back are your graphics card and perhaps your RAM. Snap up a 7970, the 7850 is not going to cut it for Eyefinity, it's not that much of an upgrade over a 550Ti, and if you have cash leftover upgrade the RAM to an 8gb 1600 kit. I don't see much point in upgrading to an FX-8350 when there are much better upgrades to be made like the graphics.

@thomann061 That motherboard doesn't support 2 graphics cards.

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April 5, 2013 8:07:12 AM

Yup, should have looked at it more closely. Excuse.... Sleep deprivation due to these forums.
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