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Old February 24, 2011, 09:41 PM
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I'm just fishing for some opinions here....... Will a dual core socket 939 cpu with 4Gb of DDR400 be good enough to push a single 6950 video card for a 3 x 19" monitor eyefinity setup?? I think it might be good enough to run fairly smooth. Maybe a smaller video card such as a 6850 or 6870 would do just fine?

This will be a starter gaming rig for my Dad, so I don't want my parents to invest a big pile of money into something that might not get used much. He's interested in racing games like Dirt2. I'm hoping to get him interested in some first person shooters. On that note I don't want to advise them to buy certain parts that won't be good enough for too long.

I figured that if I give them a 939 3800x2 cpu, dfi lanparty mobo, and a 150gb raptor hard drive, they could spend about $1000 to get the rest of the build including monitors.

If the 'disease' spreads hardcore to him, he could get a new cpu mobo and ram later on.

Good idea or no??

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Old February 24, 2011, 09:45 PM
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maybe the cards would be pushed just fine, but running any modern game that would actually stress a 6950 on a 939 x2 would be another story. it would have to be extremely GPU bound I'm thinking.

if it's a starter rig, why does he need eyefinity?
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Old February 24, 2011, 10:22 PM
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massively bottle necked i believe. emphasis on massive.

let him play wit hthe 939 x2 for now and a smaller cheaper card, build it when dozer hits?

or shoot for a 2500k right now?
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Old February 24, 2011, 11:37 PM
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If you already have the parts you might as well go for it. If you don;t have any of the parts that set up is just silly and I don't recommend doing it.

6850 would be a better choice if you really want that mobo and CPU but if you go 2500k and he doesn;t use it he can atleast sell it... no one wants a 939 anymore.
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Old February 25, 2011, 05:34 AM
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definitely going to be a cpu bottleneck. I doubt that the cpu would handle anything near 3 monitors (for gaming). If you intend on using that processor I don't think I would bother going above a 5770 or maybe a 6850 and single monitor, and just not spend anywhere near the $1000 (that you mentioned). Otherwise build a new decent gaming rig from scratch and spend your full budget (though 3 monitors and a new rig won't stay under $1000). Is there any reason that you are set on 3 monitors

Edit: My suggestion is either 1) go on the cheap with a 5770 and use what you have single monitor, or
2) use your full budget on a new build and still go single monitor (add more later as budget permits.
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trouble is that cpu will bottleneck at any resolution. so much for investing in new hw :)
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Old February 25, 2011, 08:27 AM
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In March, dual-core, Hyper-Threaded, Sandy Bridge-based Core i3-2300 and Core i3-2320 for $130 are extremely powerful gaming processors that will make a good partner for the $300 HD 6950 2GB. Add $50 500W PSU and a $120 motherboard and $50 RAM kit in there , $60 case and $60HDD. Don't go over 5760x1080 resolution as one card will barely perform.
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Old February 25, 2011, 12:03 PM
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no, that cpu is still decent, and Im sure it can drive a midrange card, just not a 6950 eyefinity. my ancient opty 165 can play starcraft on a 260 just fine.
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@luay : theyll be very locked unfortunately
@lark : have you had a chance to compare the same gpu on different pcs with that game?
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Old February 25, 2011, 02:12 PM
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@luay : theyll be very locked unfortunately
I think the i3 Sandybridge line-up is more suitable as he's building the rig for his folks.
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