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Looking For Expert Opinion for New Build. Add?? Delete?? Change?? Sure appreciate help.

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December 10, 2013 11:34:27 AM

Putting together a new system and wanted some input on my selection of components. This system will primarily be used for:
25% running flight simulators with triple monitors
25% rendering videos and editing photos, downloading / uploading such.
25% Granddaughters (18 years old) running some of their games, Sky-Rim is the only one I remember but I know there are several others.
25% Compose, publish 1-4 page graphic intense newsletters, email and other online stuff

I want the system fast, but not outrageously expensive

Chosen / purchased to date:

Corsair 200r Case
5 ea Noctua Fans
Windows 7 Pro
ASUS Blu Ray Burner
Samsung EVO 500GB SSD
3 ea WD Black 7200 2TB Hard Drives
ASUS Z87-A Motherboard
Intel i7-4770K Processor (no overclocking)
16GB (2 x 8GB) G.Skill Sniper Series F3-1866C9D-16GSR (no overclocking)
Corsair HX750 Power Supply
2 ea EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SE 1024 MBytes Graphic Cards
3 ea Samsung SyncMaster 213T Monitors

Think that is most of the big stuff. Would appreciate any comment about the proposed build. Anything to add? Anything to delete?
December 10, 2013 11:37:49 AM

The GPU definitely. You're going to need to SLI much more powerful cards for the tasks you are planning to do.
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December 10, 2013 11:39:09 AM

The GPU is weak and old bro. Did you mean 760 or really 460? You need more memory for the triple monitor setup bro. Check the 770. Also, that 4770k is perfect for you rendering video applications. :) 
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December 10, 2013 11:44:13 AM

Those graphics cards will be weak; they're the 192bit versions of now 3-generations old tech. Everything else looks pretty extreme to me. I don't know how much data you'll be storing; I don't have all that much, and have a pair of 2TB drives in RAID1. Three drives makes me think you have in mind a RAID5, which can be a lot of trouble; the WD Black drives are fast, but I don't think they have TLER, necessary to keep that level of RAID from dropping members that encounter errors.
For the graphics card, I'd look into a pair of HD7870s at the least, and HD7970s would be more in line with the rest of the rig.
If you're not going to overclock, you can get a non-K CPU to lower the cost a little; may not be worth it if you might want to overclock later.
I could see adding a couple of fans, but five seems like a lot, especially in a non-overclocked (and therefor cooler) rig.
Edit: Check to make sure about support for nVidia Surround vs. AMD Eyefinity. If you choose nVidia, GTX760s or GTX770s would be good; get at least 3GB/card, preferably 4GB for multiple monitors.
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December 10, 2013 12:27:25 PM

Thanks very much for the input and comments.

The only reason I was/am going to use the GTX 460's is the fact I have them out of older systems. I guess another question along those lines, do I really need two graphic boards to run 3 monitors? If I can do that with only 1 board, I could spend the extra $$ to get a bigger/badder graphics adapter.
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December 10, 2013 12:31:52 PM

Yes, you will need to SLI your GPU if you are planning to do triple monitor setup with intense tasks.
Even a single powerful GPU with 4gb will start to struggle with triple monitor.
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