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September 30, 2009 2:37:18 AM

Hi

I'm seeking advice on a system I'm building for a friend.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: N/A (pricing is not really an issue)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: The system will strictly be used for business. My friend is a stock-trader and trades on the markets all over the world, so it will be running pretty much 24/7.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitors (he already has a 40" LCD and two 24" LCD's for the sides)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: N/A (I'm in Thailand and will buy the parts in physical shops)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Thailand

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've always preferred Intel processors and GeForce gfx, so would like to stick to that, open to suggestions though.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, it depends if it's needed to run multiple monitors.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: As high as possible as the system will run multiple monitors, including a 40" LCD.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The system needs to support 4 monitors as a minimum.



Parts I had in mind:

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-920 Processor (8M Cache, 2.66 GHz, 4.80 GT/s Intel® QPI)

Motherboard: ASUS P6T Intel X58 Triple-Channel DDR3

Memory: 2 x Kingston 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 2) so total 8 GB

Graphics card: 2 x ASUS ENGTX275/HTDI/896MD3 so total 4 DVI outputs.

OS Hard drive: WD VelociRaptor 300 GB, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16 MB Cache, 10,000 RPM

Data Hard drive: WD Caviar Black 1 TB, SATA 3 Gb/s, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM

Case: Silverstone Raven RV02

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake V1 (CL-P0401 V1)

PSU: Silverstone OP Series 1000W


That's about it, oh and he wants to run Windows XP pro 64-bit.

Will this system be able to run 4 monitors each with their own content?

I'm not sure if I need to put in some more fans to cool the case or the airflow of the case is sufficient?

September 30, 2009 3:13:53 AM

well if he already has three monitors, you could get him a 5870 and plug them all into a single card. for a computer that will only be displaying stock trends, it is quite the overkill build. nice, but overkill
September 30, 2009 3:29:24 AM

Thanks for the reply, but the 5870 is not available in Thailand yet I'm affraid :(  They are a bit behind out here..

Also he is going to use 4 monitors in the future.
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September 30, 2009 3:36:37 AM
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If you are going with the x58 chipset (i7 920) then you need to buy a triple channel kit (3x2GB).
September 30, 2009 3:41:21 AM

Okay, that's great info, thanks.

Can I use two tripple channel kits then if he wants more than 6 GB?
September 30, 2009 3:51:23 AM

d0ndela said:
Okay, that's great info, thanks.

Can I use two tripple channel kits then if he wants more than 6 GB?


Yes, you can use 2 of the kids on that motherboard.

Granted - I don't believe he would need more then 6GB of RAM - but it's a possibility if needed.
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September 30, 2009 3:59:24 AM

You might want to wait for the 5870/5850 to arrive. Supports mulit panels much better then Nvidia. If you can't wait, don't bother with the GTX275. Overkill for what you need. Just grab two 9600GTs or 9800GTs and use those. If you want a fast drive, drop the rator and get a good SSD. Make sure it doesn't have the bad Jmircon controller and supports the TRIM command. The only other change I'd make that hasn't been pointed out is dropping the PSU for a better one.
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