Help For New Build With 6 Monitors Budget $3-5k

Hi All,

A middle aged man needs help (40) please! I am looking to start my 4th build, as my 3rd build (12 months ago) has never been completely "right". I seem to have suffered many performance issues.

I use my computer solely for work purposes, using code editors, CS4, light video editing and database work. My computer is on 24 hours a day and uses 6 Samsung monitors (4 x 19" with 1280 x 1024), 1 x 23" widescreen (2048 x 1152) and 1 x 24" widescreen (1920 x 1080). I always have at least 5 programmes running at the same time.

My main requirements are for a "super stable" system, running RAID 1, that can handle multiple programmes open at the same time.

My current build set up is:

XP Pro SP3 32-bit
Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
ThermalTake TMG i1 CPU Fan
Core Duo E8500 3.16GHz
Intel DX48BT2 Motherboard
4GB Crossair 1333MTz DDR3 (CM3X1024-1333C9DHX)
2 x Western Digital 120GB 7200rpm hard drives (both using Blowfish data encryption)
2 x ATI Radeon 3870
1 x VisionTek Radeon HD4870

I have been researching and come up with the following specs for my 4th build:

XP Pro SP3 32-bit
Cooler Master RC-1100 Comos S
Cooler Master V10 CPU Fan
Intel i7 920 or 950
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution Motherboard
RAM - not sure
2 x Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB 10,000rpm
3 x VisionTek Radeon HD4870 or BFG GeForce GTX 280

What do you all think? Please post any idea's on this or suggest a your system build. Budget $3000 - $5000, new parts only.

Thanks!
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    With two 5850 you save buying 3 GTX280s thos 2 should run 6 displays check out some websites might be able to do 6 displays with 1 card if so i would get the 5870

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/10/ati-radeon-eyefinity-unveiled-up-to-six-monitors-on-a-single-ca/

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    You will want to look into buying win 7 so you can use more ram
  2. I'm looking for the same thing. how did it Go!
    Jon
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    And then of course get Windows 7 64 bit
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