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post #1 of 21
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Hi all, I have been out of the loop lately when it comes to PC hardware and I'm looking for some help/recommendations on upgrading/replacing my current PC. My current system specs are in my sig.

I want to be able to run the following programs and games as smooth as possible;
The Division
ArmA3
Adobe CS5 suite
DCS A-10C
DXtory

I would like to run the following hardware;
Triple monitors (+ a 4th Samsung 22bw with touchscreen adapter)
Raid 0, 5 or 10 SSD depending on cost/performance

Should I keep any of my current hardware or just look into upgrading everything? Is the Acer monitor still good or are there better and cheaper solutions out there? I want to run 3D as well. Would a Matrox triple head to go be good or just go with multiple GPUs? (http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/th2go/digital/)

I am kind of partial to Nvidia just because I play games that use Physx but if ATI is a better solution for running 4 monitors I might be open to switching to ATI(which would mean a whole system upgrade to switch from Intel to AMD :\ ).

Any help or suggestions are welcome.

Thank you
Edited by mbarr69 - 3/23/14 at 12:53am
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What is the budget of this build that you would like to do?
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about $1500
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Is that including the monitors?
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if possible.
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post #6 of 21
Take a look at this, its $50 over but it has 3 monitors included
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oops i forgot the link now look http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3eGJX
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Not too bad. Making some adjustments and being VERY liberal with the budget. Just throwing this out there trying to make something happen. winksmiley02.gif
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/0utLAW/saved/48Eu
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post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by mbarr69 View Post

I want to be able to run the following programs and games as smooth as possible;
The Division
Arm3

Did you mean to say Arma3? Because "Arm3" doesn't return any results searching on Google.

Quote:
Originally Posted by mbarr69 View Post

I would like to run the following hardware;
Triple monitors (+ a 4th Samsung 22bw with touchscreen adapter)
Raid 0, 5 or 10 SSD depending on cost/performance

What a terrible waste of money. Running RAID on a modern desktop PC does not make any sense whatsoever unless you're using mechanical hard drives. The whole principal behind RAID was to reduce the risk of losing data. You're asking for a new build using SSDs which are infinitely more reliable than HDDs. If you're looking to RAID for performance reasons, you're still wasting your money. It's not money coming out of my wallet so I could care less but ... seriously, just forget about the idea of using RAID on solid state drives. Just a complete waste of money in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by mbarr69 View Post

Should I keep any of my current hardware or just look into upgrading everything? Is the Acer monitor still good or are there better and cheaper solutions out there?

How do you expect us to answer that question? An Acer what?? Does Acer make just 1 model? Really? Be specific - which model is it? And why are you looking to upgrade the monitor? Does it have poor response time? Do you need something larger? If you're not into "gaming" - there might be other monitors that would fit within your budget. Again be specific. You mentioned 1 PC game "The Division" - I don't know what the heck Arm3 is... probably Arma3. Even so, that is only 2 games. Is that all you have?? Are there other games within your collection you haven't mentioned?

It doesn't even sound like you're a "gamer".... most likely a casual gamer at best.

My advice is that you pick out all the components for the PC and make sure all of that fits into your budget before you start to worry about upgrading the monitor. If you're serious about running RAID 10 using SSDs, there's probably going to be very little money left to buy 4 new monitors.
Edited by DaChosenOne - 3/22/14 at 10:16pm
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