780i + Q9550 First build... what do you think?

This is my first custom build. I do a lot of multitasking and require a 3 monitor setup (2xdell 20 inch and 1xdell 3007FP - 2x20inch + 1x30inch). Here are the specs I am looking at right now:

XFX nForce 780i 3-Way SLI Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 780i, Socket 775, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, Dual Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, Serial ATA, RAID

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Processor BX80569Q9550 - 2.83GHz, 12MB Cache, 1333MHz FSB, Yorkfield, Quad-Core, Retail, Socket 775, Processor with Fan

Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB)

2 x XFX GeForce 9800 GT - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, (2) Dual Link DVI, HDTV, VGA Support

Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB Hard Drive - 7200, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM

Sony DRU-V200S/BR DVD Rewritable Drive SATA - 20x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R DL, 12x DVD-R DL, 12x DVD-RAM, 16x DVD-ROM, 48x CD-R, 32x CD-RW, 48x CD-ROM, Black

Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan

CoolerMaster CM690 Nvidia Ed. ATX Case SLI Ready


1. I do not plan on doing SLI, so should I go for the asus rampage instead? Its a bit more in price but would it be better for what I want? The key is I need 2xPCI 16

2. Will this all work? Is this all I need to buy? Do I need a heatskin? Thermal paste? Not sure here.

3. How does it look? Will it be a decent setup? I do not need extreme graphics I just need the 3 monitors in there so I do need the 2 cards with dual-DVI and I think I am pretty happy with the choice of GPU.

Thanks for all and any advice in advance!
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  1. Update:

    I think I like this better...

    COOLER MASTER NV 690 NV-690C-KWN1-GP Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window

    ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA ATX Intel Motherboard

    SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q

    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

    Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Power Supply

    mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

    2x EVGA GeForce 9800 GT Hybrid Power 512-P3-N980-AR Video Card

  2. You said you're not planning to SLI but you have 2 graphics cards on your list... The Rampage Formula can't do SLI, only Crossfire with say 2 4850s. The 640GB drive has a better $/GB ratio than the 1TB drive you selected. For $20 more, you could get 1.2TB of storage space.
  3. any crossfire or SLI board will do what you want. but you dont even need that.

    I'd say get motherboard with dual monitor suport on board, and 1 card.
    dual monitor suport on board is nothing new.

    I don't think the hybrid power is what you want.

    the 9800 is also overkill. if your not using it for gaming or physix.

    I'd think a nVidia 9300 mobo and a 9400 card would do it for you

    you could probably get this sort of setup to fit in a slim microATX case if you wanted
  4. I def need support for 3 monitors (not dual) so I would need 2 cards as far as I know. The 30inch is 2560x1200 and I'd like to keep that max res possible. Do you think I should change the vcards?
  5. I decided to change things up a bit....

    Asus Rampage Formula
    Intel Core 2 Q9550
    Mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) Dual Chan Kit Desktop Mem. 1066
    WB Caviar Black 640GB
    2 x EVGA GeForce 9800 GT Hybrid Powers
    Corsair CMPSU-750TX (750W)
    ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
    COOLER MASTER RC 690 Black Case

    How does this compare?
  6. the motherboard can be used for 1 or 2 monitors. the vidcard can be used for 1 or 2 monitors. the setup I suggested can run 4 monitors total with just 1 vidcard total.
    you don't need SLI or 2 vid cards. Given that, you could get a much cheaper PSU (300 watts would be enough for what I suggested)
    you said you don't need extreme graphics. what I suggested will play 1080p movies with the vid card, the on board should be able to do that too. do you need more than that?
  7. I didn't read all of others comments so I'm not sure if this was mentioned.
    But I'd use a different ram than the one you've chosen.
    If its CL5 (5-5-5) @ 800mhz You're basically buying an overclocked version of 667mhz
    You'd want to look for a CL4 (4-4-4) @ 800 mhz like the ones I use, when I put them as CL5 or higher (5-5-5) they go over 1ghz

    and sounds like you do alot of graphic work and multi tasking for work Maybe so I'd go with a raid Config on Harddrives but have 1 massive storage hd for backup files and storage.
    Good choice on the PSU, cant go wrong there. Instead of a SLI Nvidia cards, you might want to start looking into the new ATI HD4800 series possibly x2. Maybe the 4850x2 might be closer to your budget. They pack enough power to grab those 3 monitors to display just the way you want them to.

    And i'm not into much of all that fansy lighting from cases, I much perfer cooling + silence
    Instead of the case you're looking at, You might want to check out Antecs P182. It's pretty roomy inside
    Lots of HD space and fits about anything you put in there, and very silent. their case fans come with 3 optional settings H (high) M (medium) L (Low) on Low you can bariley even hear the fans, your video card will be louder than the case fans.

    I display a 57" HDTV 1080p monitor, so I needed a 4870x2 to display 2560x1200
    Without any lag and loss in fps. But if you don't game much maybe just a 4850x2 or a crossfired versions of those might help. btw comes out very clear, How clear? My PC vs PS3, lets just say I'm posting up my Ps3 for sale during this december :bounce:

    For video wise, I always perfered ATI
    And my gaming rigs always had Nvidia cards on.
    But this new DDr5 stuff renders graphics so fast and well at low heat, I'm addicted to ATI for this year.
    Till nVidia decides to woo and aah me next year on their new generation of gpu
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