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Gaming PC, 3 Monitor setup. $1200 budget.

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September 24, 2013 9:28:48 AM

I'm looking to build a 3 monitor gaming pc for around $1200 after shipping.

Approximate Purchase Date: Before October.

Budget Range: $1200 After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multitasking, gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, however open to other alternatives.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel pref, Open to AMD

Overclocking: Yes

Additional Comments: Sorry for not posting a list of suggestions. I know with my past cards it was out of the box easy to run 2 monitors. Looking into this, ive seen cards capable of 3 monitors out of the box, or using dual (or more) graphics cards, using the mother boards slot to installing to additional slots.

Thanks in advance.

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September 24, 2013 10:04:26 AM

monitors included in budget ?

what are your current components
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September 24, 2013 10:09:08 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
monitors included in budget ?

what are your current components


No previous parts. My tower ended up getting water damage from a storm.

I have my monitors and keyboard ext. so those things I do not need
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September 24, 2013 10:19:54 AM

Check that build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1H9aw
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1H9aw/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1H9aw/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($135.50 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($127.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($257.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($257.75 @ Vuugo)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1183.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-24 13:19 EDT-0400)
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September 24, 2013 10:23:55 AM

assuming that you are doing a single monitor gaming and dual monitor work setup, this is what id get
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1H9ey

-price match the case and most of the other stuff to save on shipping to ncix
-you can technically do a instore pickup at ncix or even order everything instore. talking to sales reps will save you cash
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September 24, 2013 10:36:38 AM

no SSDs for a rig cripples the overall user experience. 4gb cards are also useless in that the GPU itself isnt powerful enough to drive it
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September 24, 2013 10:36:47 AM

Same build but 4GB video cards:

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1H9qC
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1H9qC/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1H9qC/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($135.50 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($127.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($289.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($289.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1248.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-24 13:33 EDT-0400)
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September 24, 2013 10:51:32 AM

TheBigTroll said:

-price match the case and most of the other stuff to save on shipping to ncix
-you can technically do a instore pickup at ncix or even order everything instore. talking to sales reps will save you cash


Wow! Thank you so much! Given the option to price match and pick up in store is a huge plus to me. I worked at a major shipping company when I was a student in university... This gives me a lot of peace of mind.

Looking at the price comparison filippi gave, I think this is something I really want to look into.


My only concern is if it is still possible to run 3 monitors with the 1 card?

ideally it would be - 1 main monitor for gaming, depending on game support 2. 3rd screen as a workspace.
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September 24, 2013 10:58:08 AM

multiple panels are easy to run as long as you arent running them for gaming. you can even do triple panel on intergrated graphics as long as you dont run games on it

gaming on 2 panels is stupid. if you play a FPS, your cursor is smack in the middle of 2 bezels. If you are running a MMO and say for example are using one of the panels for a mini map or something, that doesnt present an issue whatsoever
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September 24, 2013 11:06:14 AM

Huge thank you to TheBigTroll and everyone else in this thread.

Cleared a lot of things up for me and gave me some great advice I would not have known about otherwise.
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