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post #1 of 11
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So I'm leaning towards upgrading my graphics cards, here's the issue:

I just added 2 new monitors to my rig for that epic 5760X1080 resolution and I'M LOVING IT!!! However, I did run into frame rate drops on ESO. Nothing big though was getting 60-100 fps on one monitor, then 20-60 on the same graphics setting. I just backed down the graphics a little to get back to the 60-100fps on the 5760 res.

So not that big of a deal, but was either thinking of a CPU upgrade or a GPU upgrade, which would grant more bang for the buck? I'm stuck between getting AMD's 8core CPU or two Geforce cards with 4gb memory each.

What I have:
AM3+ socket
AMD fx-6100 6-core processor 3.3GHz

SLI Graphics Cards:
EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 2gb memory
EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 2gb memory

So with that being said, OCN I leave the fate of "The Prototype" in your hands!
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Asus VN247H-P RAZER Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 Stealth Edition  Thermaltake Black Widow 800W  Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full To... 
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post #2 of 11
could go either way. probably just graphics cards will work though
post #3 of 11
GPU upgrade if you wanted... Not sure it's that necessary tbh. Overclock the CPU if it isn't already (free performance boost, why not?)

I don't see much room for an upgrade here. But I don't know what you do on your PC either. I'm sure someone will contest this around here, lol.

Edit: I'd probably start on another build entirely just for the hell/fun of it before I added more money to this one.

But that's me.
Edited by mrawesome421 - 4/17/14 at 5:03pm
 
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post #4 of 11
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Hmm I have been wanting to learn how to overclock that cpu for some time now tongue.gif that is on my bucket list for this computer.

That or

Slap two of these bad boys in there:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130947

You know, because of ... reasons biggrin.gif
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Corsair memory Intel 180gb SSD 1TB WD 7200RPM LG CD/DVD-RW 16x 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair h5o Liquid Cooling Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Asus VN247H-P Asus VN247H-P 
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Asus VN247H-P RAZER Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 Stealth Edition  Thermaltake Black Widow 800W  Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full To... 
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Corsair memory Intel 180gb SSD 1TB WD 7200RPM LG CD/DVD-RW 16x 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair h5o Liquid Cooling Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Asus VN247H-P Asus VN247H-P 
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post #5 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by R4g3Qw1t View Post

Hmm I have been wanting to learn how to overclock that cpu for some time now tongue.gif that is on my bucket list for this computer.

That or

Slap two of these bad boys in there:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130947

You know, because of ... reasons biggrin.gif
Your CPU would bottleneck two 770's, you would also need to invest in all the other watercooling gear for those cards.

At the moment your PC is fairly well balanced but really isn't geared up to drive three 1080p displays. If you upgrade your GPU's you will be CPU limited and vice versa.
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post #6 of 11
Yeah. Could always try selling your 560's to help pay for those too.
 
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post #7 of 11
hmm how about going with entry level AMD with onboard gpu, mobo, etc for approx200. then some used cards on the marketplace?
post #8 of 11
I would look at the 8320/8350 for an upgrade, isnt the 6100 bulldozer with lackluster performance in comparison to vishera?
    
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post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by twerk View Post

Your CPU would bottleneck two 770's, you would also need to invest in all the other watercooling gear for those cards.

At the moment your PC is fairly well balanced but really isn't geared up to drive three 1080p displays. If you upgrade your GPU's you will be CPU limited and vice versa.

That's what I was afraid of. Either way a CPU upgrade will be in my future. Just which to do first and will the AMD 8-core do the trick?
The Prototype
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD FX 6100 Six-Core Processor Gigabyte EVGA - Geforce 560 EVGA - Geforce 560 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Corsair memory Intel 180gb SSD 1TB WD 7200RPM LG CD/DVD-RW 16x 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair h5o Liquid Cooling Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Asus VN247H-P Asus VN247H-P 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VN247H-P RAZER Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 Stealth Edition  Thermaltake Black Widow 800W  Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full To... 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Steelseries Sensei Roccat Sense Astro A-40 PowerA - FUS1ON Tournament Controller for Xbox 360 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD FX 6100 Six-Core Processor Gigabyte EVGA - Geforce 560 EVGA - Geforce 560 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Corsair memory Intel 180gb SSD 1TB WD 7200RPM LG CD/DVD-RW 16x 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair h5o Liquid Cooling Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Asus VN247H-P Asus VN247H-P 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VN247H-P RAZER Blackwidow Ultimate 2014 Stealth Edition  Thermaltake Black Widow 800W  Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full To... 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Steelseries Sensei Roccat Sense Astro A-40 PowerA - FUS1ON Tournament Controller for Xbox 360 
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post #10 of 11
Well first to make sure you have a good motherboard for the task, there is a recommended AM3+ board here on OCN which I dont have a link handy for but could you list the specific motherboard you have in the meantime?

Vishera should prove to be a nice upgrade over Bulldozer for sure though.
    
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SHP9500 w/ HM5 pads & MM4 
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256GB SSD 2TB FireCuda 7mm 2TB Firecuda 7mm 1TB Seagate SSHD 
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