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post #1 of 5 Old 03-12-2012, 01:12 PM - Thread Starter
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Greetings,

I am helping a friend build his first PC. He will primarily be using it to play the MMO Eve Online. My friend wants to have 3 separate instances of the game running at the same time. He'll only be using 1 46in LCD TV for his monitor. It's the kind of game where you can switch between playing multiple instances of the game.

Right now he is playing on an ancient HP PC. It has an Athlon 64 X2 (T) 4200+ 2.2 GHz cpu. 2Gb of ddr1 ram. And I added in a Nvidia GT 430 graphics card. Its running Windows 7. Somehow, it's able to run 2 simultaneous instances of Eve at 1080P, with mostly maxed settings. But if my friend tries to run 3 instances of the game, it bogs down and isn't really playable. He wants me to help him build a new gaming PC, so that he can play 3 games of Eve Online simultaneously, at maxed out settings, at 1080p, on one LCD TV. He wants to future proof it for future updates to his Eve Online game. He'll also be using the PC to rip and watch Blu-rays/mkvs in 1080p. He does a lot of internet surfing, with multiple windows open at the same time.

So with that in mind, I'm trying to select components with multitasking and gaming in mind.

The recommended system requirements for Eve Online are:

OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 / Vista / 7
CPU: Intel Pentium® or AMD dual core @ 2 Ghz or greater which supports SSE2
RAM: 2 GB
HD space: 20Gb Free Space
Network: ADSL connection or faster
Video: ATi Radeon 5750 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
Drivers: DirectX® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
DVD-ROM : 2 speed DVD reader or greater required.

Should I be looking at quad core or 6 core CPUs? Should he get the Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core or should the get an AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core?

Should he get 16GB of memory? Or is that overkill, and should he get 8Gb instead?

For the graphics card I was thinking of a Nvidia 560ti. Is that enough, or should he get a 570 or 580?

Benchmarks aren't really helpful for figuring this out because there aren't any out there for running multiple instances of Eve, at the same time, on 1 monitor.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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EVE isn't really demanding, I expect any modern'ish PC with a decent graphics card will do 4 or even more instances. As long as you aren't planning on maxing out graphics on each instance (although even then...).

i5 / 570 / 8gb build should work. I don't think 16gb is needed, but you could get it to be safe. I imagine each instance of EVE will use about 1gb of ram, so you can add that up and see that your 8gb wouldn't really be pushed atm.

Watching Blu-Ray etc... I think we are well past the days where you need to worry about that kind of stuff. I'm pretty sure even netbook architectures are to the point where they can decode 1080p H.264, it's definitely not something you should be concerned about with a 560/570 + i5.

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My advice for triple boxing EVE is to use software that is designed for boxing.

You can get good advice on software and hardware over at http://www.dual-boxing.com .
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Thanks for the replies guys. I registered over on Dual-Boxing.com, and re-posted my question over there. Hopefully I'll get some expert advice there.

What baffles me is the fact that Eve lists a Nvidia 460 as the recommended graphics card for running Eve. And yet my friend is using a 430 and is able to dual-box Eve in 1080p. How is that even possible?

P.S. Dual-Boxing: I learned a new term.

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