Computer parts compatibility check!

I am building a trading platform (not gaming), with 8 monitors(!), using 4 x NVIDIA graphics cards ('NVS300') and mobo with 6 x PCIe. Will use Dell monitors: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&sku=320-2736

Is the following spec compatible? And would like to upgrade to 'next' generation (e.g. 8-core CPU) later, possible?

CPU XEON E5 2609 http://www.ballicom.co.uk/bx80621e52609-intel-xeon-e52609--24-ghz--4-cores--lga2011-socket--box.p784913.html?ref=5&gclid=COSE4argtrYCFQ7KtAodRW4Ajg&of_uid=d601d2f8-fd7d-4d66-bdd9-19cef1265925
MB ASUS Z9PA-U8 http://www.ballicom.co.uk/z9pau8-asus-z9pau8--motherboard--atx--lga2011-socket--c602a--usb-30--2-x-gigabit-lan--onboard-graphics.p873126.html
SSD SanDisk 120Gb extreme http://www.ebuyer.com/370160-sandisk-120gb-extreme-ssd-sdssdx-120g-g25?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&gclid=CJSY_vvVtrYCFcjKtAodkVMAnw
HDD Western Digital internal 1Tb http://www.ebuyer.com/321341-wd-1tb-green-desktop-drive-wd10ezrx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&gclid=CPDH-LLXurYCFaHHtAod_hUAnw
Graphics card 4 x NVIDIA NVS300 PCI-e x16 VGA http://www.ebuyer.com/333381-hp-nvidia-nvs-300-pcie-x16-vga-gc-bv456aa?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&gclid=CMDrnIrPtrYCFRHMtAod5D4A3g
Memory Kingston 16GB ECC http://www.serversdirect.co.uk/Kingston_Branded_16GB_1333MHz_Reg_ECC_Low_Voltage_Module_KTH-PL313LV-16G/version.asp
DVD (not blu ray) DVD RW x24 http://www.dabs.com/products/liteon-ihas124-04-24x-sata-dvdrw-hh-internal-drive---black-8HBK.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=ppc%20product%20search&utm_content=Q200&origin=pla
PSU CORSAIR 750W enthusiast series TX750 V2-80 PLUS® Bronze http://www.ballicom.co.uk/cp9020042uk-corsair-tx750--power-supply--internal---atx12v-23--80-plus-bronze--ac-100240-v--750-watt--active-pfc--united-kingdom.p860018.html
Processor Cooling Corsair H60 Hydro Series CPU Cooler http://www.ballicom.co.uk/cw9060007ww-corsair-hydro-series-h60-high-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler--liquid-cooling-system---socket-1156-socket-am2-socket-1366-socket-am3-socket-1155-socket-fm1-socket-fm2---c.p874327.html
Extra Case Fans 1 x 12CM Black Case Fan (configured to extract from rear/roof)
Fan Controller NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller with upto 5 Fitted Case Fans
USB Options 6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (min 2 front ports) as std
Firewire 1 x IEEE 1394a FIREWIRE PORT ONBOARD
Operating System Genuine Windows 8 Professional 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence
Sound card Creative Sound Blaster Live! PCI (70SB010203000) Sound Card
Tower COOLER MASTER SILENCIO 550 QUIET MID TOWER CASE http://www.ballicom.co.uk/rc500kkn1gp-coolermaster-sileo-500-mid-tower-black-w-sound-proof.p471429.html

Also: Do I need an additional network card for LAN? Mobo has a 2 x LAN ports. Do I need all the additional fans? Do I need the CPU cooler? Windows 8 or Windows 7 for lowest number of issues?
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  1. Don't buy a Sandisk SSD. I am sending mine in for RMA today after using it for 6 months. They aren't the most realiable. You should go for Samsung or Crucial instead. Would 6 monitors be ok or is 8 absolutely necessary? You could get an eyefinity 6 edition 7870 and save a ton of money.

    You do not need an additional network card. I don't see a case in that list so it is hard to say if you need extra fans or not. I assume that xeon comes with a HSF, but couldn't find it listed so you may need a cpu cooler. For Windows get whichever you like more.
  2. That mobo can only take two PCIe x16 cards - four GPUs won't work. You'll need to find GPUs that can handle four screens or a different mobo. (EDIT: Or PCIe x1/x4 cards)

    I suggest making sure that the case can fit the mobo you selected - it could be a tight fit.

    EDIT: Samsung SSDs are probably the most reliable - they have a pretty good reputation. Stay away from the 840 series though (830, 840 Pro is fine), as it uses less reliable TLC flash.

    You won't need a dedicated LAN card.

    EDIT 2: I really should read more before posting. Win7/8 is up to you. 8 probably will be more stable, but is an utter PITA to use (yes, I have used it. And anyone who says "get a touchscreen" needs a CAT scan in this case).

    I don't think the Xeons come with a cooler, so you will need one.

    Shouldn't need the extra fan, though if you do go for passively-cooled GPUs it might be a good idea.

    Like the screens - I have the 24" version. The displayport means you could use AMD consumer GPUs to drive them, as they can only two two DVI/HDMI outputs each concurrently. Most will do four easily with DP cables though.

    No real need for a fan controller.
  3. wanderer11 said:
    Don't buy a Sandisk SSD. I am sending mine in for RMA today after using it for 6 months. They aren't the most realiable. You should go for Samsung or Crucial instead. Would 6 monitors be ok or is 8 absolutely necessary? You could get an eyefinity 6 edition 7870 and save a ton of money.

    You do not need an additional network card. I don't see a case in that list so it is hard to say if you need extra fans or not. I assume that xeon comes with a HSF, but couldn't find it listed so you may need a cpu cooler. For Windows get whichever you like more.


    Thanks for the advice on Sandisc, will checkout the other options you suggested.

    Case is last on the list, sorry, I named it 'Tower': COOLER MASTER SILENCIO 550 QUIET MID TOWER CASE http://www.ballicom.co.uk/rc500kkn1gp-coolermaster-sileo-500-mid-tower-black-w-sound-proof.p471429.html

    Was going to go for 6 monitor array plus 1 separate monitor in portrait configuration i.e. pivoted 90 degrees, so I can do either VBA coding or read big websites on that one. Yes, I was weighing up whether its is worth having the extra 7th monitor... (in terms of desk space and also will it be easy to see the separate monitor when the 6 array is angled..)

    The issue I want to address is: how to enable reading big websites (or doing VBA coding) without scrolling down all the time. I could potentially use just 6 monitors and then link two of them together (e.g. RHS top and bottom monitors) and have the website scroll down from one monitor to the other... Any issues with this? Also, this ties up 2 of 6 monitors...

    If I did go with 6 monitors, is the eyefinity 6 edition 7870 quiet? Also, I was trying to avoid using crossfire technology (and using NVIDIA instead), I heard these AMD graphics cards were difficult to combine with other graphics cards (if I wanted to add further monitors later on.) Any thoughts?
  4. I believe that you will want to run the cards separately, not in crossfire. That way if you add another you can use the display outs on both. Do they not make a cheaper card than the 7870 in Eyefinity 6?

    It should be pretty quiet, as it will be doing nothing substantial processing power wise.
  5. Thanks. So, I looked long and hard about different configuartions mobo / CPU. How about the following two options, are they going to give (6-)8 monitor output?

    CPU i5-3570k
    MB Asus P8B75-V https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8B75V/#specifications
    GPU 2x NVS300 (x16 interface) http://www.ebuyer.com/333381-hp-nvidia-nvs-300-pcie-x16-vga-gc-bv456aa?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&gclid=CMDrnIrPtrYCFRHMtAod5D4A3g
    GPU 2x NVS300 (x1 interface) http://imperialprice.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=521261

    or

    CPU i5-3570k
    MB ASUS P8P67 https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8B75V/#specifications
    GPU 2x NVS300 (x16 interface) http://www.ebuyer.com/333381-hp-nvidia-nvs-300-pcie-x16-vga-gc-bv456aa?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&gclid=CMDrnIrPtrYCFRHMtAod5D4A3g
    GPU 2x NVS300 (x1 interface) http://imperialprice.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=521261

    These configs are with socket1155.

    ...I did look at i7 2600k / Asus P9x79(-WS) configurations (for socket2011) as well which were more expensive...
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