Purchase Date: ASAP
Preferred website: Newegg
Location: Downstate NY USA
No OC, No SLI
Monitor resolution: Five monitors 52” @ 1920x1080 (already purchased)
2D applications of all types - commodity tickers, charting applications, data aggregators, multiple web browsers, standard office applications Display HDTV feed from set top box (cablevision, westchester county) This is becoming too complicated (after further research) so ignore this requirement.
Comments: Issue 1:
We would like to have the HD feed from our STB be viewable on any monitor so we would like to pass it through the PC. This causes some serious problems since I cannot find a videocard that accepts component cable input. The best I could find is this http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html.
Since I’ll be using 3 video cards, I need a motherboard that is laid out such that we will have a slot for the video capture card.
This is also a bit of a marketing toy (show the clients…) so very slick looking case is a must. Interesting keyboard/mouse/io options also welcome.
Id like to keep the video cards of all the same type, and the 9500GT looks good, so I’ll need 3x PCI-E 16 slots
What I have so far – I have not decided on specifics:
CPU: Intel core i7 2.66
RAM: G.Skill F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 1600
Mobo: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 X58 3x PCI-E 16 1x PC-E 1 2x PCI
Video: 3x Nvidia 9500GT
SSD: Intel X25-M 80gb
HDD: 1TB 7200PRM SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB TV Tuner / Video capture: ???
Case: ??? Silverstone FT02
PSU: 650W Antec Quattro 850w
OS: Windows 7 Professional
Mouse / Keyboard: Generic until i find something better
Well, have you considered the ATI 5XXX series? These support multiple monitors through the EyeFinity technology. For such a multi-monitor set-up, it's worth giving it a look. The 5870 (or with that budget a 5970 even) might be more intresting than multiple individual cards.
A very slick looking case is a matter of preference... Some think fans with blue LED's that can act as a makeshift Disco a wondrous threat to the eye, while others prefer simple and plain, but stylish lines. Tell us what you think slick if you want advice. Flashy, simple and elegant, colorful, futuristic,...
RE: Video cards
Im open to anything - I just like Nvidia because i have set up multiple monitor configurations easily using such a setup.
I am not too concerned with budget - I want stability, ease of install and reliability.
After further research I am going to ditch the tuner all together and simply use an AV switch on the feed from the STB to select which monitor to display.
I would say sleek is professional, simple lines and smooth. I think all the antec gamer cases look way too busy, except for the three hundred. The old antech p180 http://www.x-computers.sk/img/skrinky/antec/p180_black.... looks great once you take its "hat" off. I would like to use green LEDs (company colors) and if i had a window, perhaps a green neon base lamp.
Doubt this would work but it can drive up to 12 monitors supposidly
Now back to reality
For the video cards i would consider 3x 5770s they will offer great performance, probibaly alot more than you require but since you are going for a very sleek look a fully enclosed card will add to the effect if you choose a case with a side window.
And as for the case the I would go for the P183 even though it doesnt have a side window it could be combined with a CP-850 power supply which is an amazing combination and if you want a side window just pull out the jig saw and have at it.
^+1 I forgot about the Fortress it is also a very sleek looking case and has a side window if you desire that. One thing is that if the computer will be a bit of a show toy, if it has a side pannel you will need to do some major cable management but that should be a problem in a case like the silverstone.