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July 23, 2013 10:44:36 AM


Okay, for the last three weeks, I have been spending over 5 hours a day doing pure research on computers and computer parts. I am going to be purchasing a PC soon, and I have an enormous budget. 6k USD. The PC will be for hardcore gaming, video/photo editing, rendering, programming/developing, and lots of multimedia use. I will be using THREE 1080p monitors, and want this rig to be able to run almost any game (INCLUDING Crysis 3) at 60+ FPS w/ MAX graphics settings. I have tried several combinations of parts to try and make the perfect rig but I just can't seem to do it. There is always one flaw which destroys the entire thing. So, I have a few questions. First, Is 3 monitors worth it for the multitasking and gaming experience? (Vs getting 2- 1 for gaming and the other to multitask) What would be the PC you would put together?

Please help! This would mean a lot!

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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 11:07:10 AM

For 6k, i'd get three 1440p monitors.
Maybe something like this?
IDK whether to go for three 780's or two titans, as the three large monitors might be too much for the 780's 3gb of ram each.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
Also, I left a few hundred dollars for a custom waterloop, as that'd be nice.
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($235.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($121.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($121.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($434.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($124.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($554.10 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($554.10 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($554.10 @ Amazon)
Total: $5684.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 14:05 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 11:07:20 AM

Wasn't sure if the monitors are in this budget...
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($999.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($415.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($324.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($434.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($269.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: LEPA G Series 1600W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($280.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.74 @ Amazon)
Total: $5785.09
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a c 287 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 11:16:09 AM

I wouldn't go with anything past 2-way SLI. 3/4-way sli doesn't scale very well and it's just throwing money away.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($554.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($150.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($249.83 @ Amazon)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($648.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($648.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.74 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($250.52 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($250.52 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($250.52 @ Amazon)
Total: $3860.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 14:14 EDT-0400)

-Stuck with the original 3x 1080p monitors. All three are 144hz monitors.
-Honestly, you shouldn't really need a bigger SSD. 256gb is plenty as long as you don't put random files in it.
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July 23, 2013 11:24:01 AM

realchaos said:
I wouldn't go with anything past 2-way SLI. 3/4-way sli doesn't scale very well and it's just throwing money away.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($554.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Swiftech H220 55.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($150.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($249.83 @ Amazon)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($648.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($648.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.74 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($250.52 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($250.52 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($250.52 @ Amazon)
Total: $3860.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 14:14 EDT-0400)

-Stuck with the original 3x 1080p monitors. All three are 144hz monitors.
-Honestly, you shouldn't really need a bigger SSD. 256gb is plenty as long as you don't put random files in it.


Do you think 2 780's have enough power to run Crysis 3 at max settings across three monitors while holding up a 60+ FPS? Also, do you think 3 GB of VRAM will be enough for future games? I'd like to future proof this build as much as possible.
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July 23, 2013 11:25:58 AM

slomo4sho said:
Wasn't sure if the monitors are in this budget...
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($999.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($415.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($324.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($434.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (4-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($269.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: LEPA G Series 1600W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($280.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.74 @ Amazon)
Total: $5785.09


Are four 780's necessary? Don't you think that is overkill? How about two Titans? I don't need a "super computer", just something that will meet my standards which I mentioned in the beginning. Also, do you think 3GB of VRAM will be enough for games in the future? I would like to future proof this build as much as possible.
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July 23, 2013 11:27:50 AM

Mike Friesen said:
For 6k, i'd get three 1440p monitors.
Maybe something like this?
IDK whether to go for three 780's or two titans, as the three large monitors might be too much for the 780's 3gb of ram each.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
Also, I left a few hundred dollars for a custom waterloop, as that'd be nice.
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($235.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($121.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($121.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($434.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($124.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($554.10 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($554.10 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($554.10 @ Amazon)
Total: $5684.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 14:05 EDT-0400)


This is about the build I had in mind except with a Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard and a smaller Samsung SSD (Like 250GB). Any justifications for the reasons you picked those parts?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 11:28:26 AM

Griffin832 said:

Are four 780's necessary? Don't you think that is overkill?


Don't you think 6k is overkill?

You can accomplish your goal with $2000 :) 
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July 23, 2013 11:35:18 AM

slomo4sho said:
Griffin832 said:

Are four 780's necessary? Don't you think that is overkill?


Don't you think 6k is overkill?

You can accomplish your goal with $2000 :) 


You think so? Mind showing me a 2k build that can do that? My biggest concern is that future games and Crysis 3 won't be able to run on 3 monitors without a superior computer. That is what I have heard. Thanks :) 
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a c 287 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 11:38:41 AM

SLI'd 780s can max out crysis 3 on 5760x1080, though now that I think about it, you won't get near the 144fps mark. That being said, you can grab this monitor instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs239hp
The IPS panels are nice.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 11:40:26 AM

Griffin832 said:
slomo4sho said:
Griffin832 said:

Are four 780's necessary? Don't you think that is overkill?


Don't you think 6k is overkill?

You can accomplish your goal with $2000 :) 


You think so? Mind showing me a 2k build that can do that? My biggest concern is that future games and Crysis 3 won't be able to run on 3 monitors without a superior computer. That is what I have heard. Thanks :) 


How is this any different from the other thread you started on this 6k build?

I stand by my comment in that one....2 different builds for two different purposes. Split maybe $3500/$2500. (If you absolutely must spend $6000)
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July 23, 2013 11:41:55 AM

USAFRet said:
Griffin832 said:
slomo4sho said:
Griffin832 said:

Are four 780's necessary? Don't you think that is overkill?


Don't you think 6k is overkill?

You can accomplish your goal with $2000 :) 


You think so? Mind showing me a 2k build that can do that? My biggest concern is that future games and Crysis 3 won't be able to run on 3 monitors without a superior computer. That is what I have heard. Thanks :) 


How is this any different from the other thread you started on this 6k build?

I stand by my comment in that one....2 different builds for two different purposes. Split maybe $3500/$2500. (If you absolutely must spend $6000)


I liked your idea, but sometimes when I don't get many replies I re-post the thread so I can get more opinions.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 11:46:51 AM

Griffin832 said:

You think so? Mind showing me a 2k build that can do that? My biggest concern is that future games and Crysis 3 won't be able to run on 3 monitors without a superior computer. That is what I have heard. Thanks :) 


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 240M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($144.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($136.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.74 @ Amazon)
Total: $2004.61


Or

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z87 MPOWER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($219.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $2179.62
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2013 11:52:46 AM

i would suggest get Haswell for single-core performance and Chipset Features

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 20g Thermal Paste ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.SNIPER 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($389.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($434.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (3-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XB (Black) ATX Desktop Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition (2-Pack) 63.5 CFM 120mm Fans ($26.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition (2-Pack) 63.5 CFM 120mm Fans ($26.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair 1200W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($299.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.74 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($554.10 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG 23EA53V-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: LG 23EA53V-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($57.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $5323.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 14:51 EDT-0400)
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July 23, 2013 2:16:01 PM

realchaos said:
SLI'd 780s can max out crysis 3 on 5760x1080, though now that I think about it, you won't get near the 144fps mark. That being said, you can grab this monitor instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs239hp
The IPS panels are nice.


Thanks very much. This comment helped a lot. How many FPS do you think it WILL get? Also, do you think 3GB of VRAM is enough for future games such as BF4 and still multitasking?
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