I7-930 build, $1500, but which monitors?


BUDGET RANGE: $1500 Before Rebates + Monitor(s)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Software Development, Gaming, Photography

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, MEI (local for me), others ok



OVERCLOCKING: Yes - Want moderate overclocking, but must have stability

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe - considering for future upgrade

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Triple 24", 1920x1200?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to keep this machine quiet. What's loudest in this setup - the CPU or the GPU cooling?
My last build was from 1999, so it is time to upgrade! A dual P3 just doesn't cut it anymore ;-)
I'm a S/W developer and CPU performance is important - that's why I'm interested in the i7-930 overclocked. I should be able to get to 3.8GHz without too much headache.

Monitors I'm looking for suggestions on a monitor setup. Ideally, I would like a triple monitor Eyefinity setup of larger 4:3 monitors, but almost everything is widescreen now. The best option seems to be 1920x1200. As I understand it, I will need at least one DisplayPort monitor or an active converter.
I would like to keep the monitors matched, but that means 3 DisplayPort monitors, which will cost $$$. I'd love to get the Dell U2711, but that is out of my budget! Can I get decent color for serious amatuer photography with TN panels?

Here is what I am currently planning:

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 $110 -$20 rebate
GPU: XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) - Combo with PSU: $480 -$20 rebate
PSU: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W (in combo)
MB: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $210
CPU: Core i7-930 Processor Boxed $200
HSF: CM Hyper 212+ $30
MEM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $200 - $30 rebate
HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $75
DVD: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner $20
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $100

Total w/o monitors: $1425 -$70 rebates

Thanks for any and all advice!
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  1. Looking at the monitors, this seems like a good option:

    HP ZR24w 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1920x1200 $400

    It is an S-IPS panel and has a DisplayPort, so that is good.

    I like the Dell U2410, but it costs more and is missing the DisplayPort, so that would be a pain.
  2. ^ Some suggestions for the build...
    Mobo -
    You might want to take a look at this board -
    ASUS Rampage III Gene

    PSU - Definitely a better one...Though the low powered OCZs are fine, but that 700W is not a good performer...

    And U2410 missing DisplayPort ? Do check again
  3. Thanks for the info on the MB - I will look into that one. I am assuming a Micro ATX is not a problem unless I need the extra slots for something.

    Nice deal on the PSU/GPU - that's a much better PSU, I'll update the top post - thanks!

    Good to see the U2410 has DisplayPort - I think I've looked at too many monitors. Three of those monitors does add up, though.
  4. ^ Yes, if you have plans for some add-on cards, then go with an ATX, else this mATX offers very good performance...

    And if you want other good IPS panel monitors, then check these...but not sure how the gaming performance will be because of the 8ms response time...
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