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UPDATE - Gaming Rig Using Dual Monitors

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July 14, 2009 1:29:46 AM

Thank you for your input to my original post -

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/268045-31-game-build-...


Here is my list of components based on your suggestions. Still have a few questions (see below):

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
ASAP

BUDGET RANGE:
Open

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
1> Gaming
2> More Gaming
3> Internet
4> Movies


MONITOR
DUAL MONITORS

Dell 3007WFP-HC 30” LCD

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us...

Samsung 22” LCD (My current monitor)
It will run side-by-side with the Dell 30” to display Teamspeak, XFire, and FRAP info while I game on the Dell.
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SyncMaster-220WM-LCD-Moni...


MOTHERBOARD
ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
Intel i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
HELP ME OUT HERE –

DUAL - EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-or-

SINGLE - EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*** Can I run both monitors using a single GTX 285? ***


MEMORY
OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3P1600LV6GK-PC3-12800-1600...

HARD DRIVES

HELP ME OUT -


Current Drives - Western Digital 160GB Caviar SE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I’m running two of these drives (RAID 0) in my current rig.
Date stamped on drives – Jan 2005
Should I carry them over or upgrade?


PSU
CORSAIR 1000w HX
http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-1000w-Ready-Certified-Sup...

CASE
SilverStone TJ10-B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU HEATSINK
Advice?

AIR/WATER COOLING
Advice?



July 14, 2009 1:47:41 AM

Overclocking = a big Y E S. I specifically chose the ASUS mobo because of it's overclocking capabilities.

I am going with the i7 920 for the initial build but plan on upgrading to a 975 in a year or so when the prices come down.
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July 15, 2009 1:03:28 AM

Will the ASUS Rampage II mobo support separate video cards running separate monitors?

The Dell monitor requires a dual-link DVI-D connection. If I go with dual GTX 275's - they will be dedicated to the Dell 30" display. I assume I'll need a third GPU card to run the 22" monitor. Correct? And, is that possible?
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