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

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August 8, 2010 6:22:03 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

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

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7-930, nVidia

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!
August 11, 2010 5:18:32 AM

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.
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August 11, 2010 5:35:02 AM

^ Some suggestions for the build...
Mobo -
You might want to take a look at this board -
ASUS Rampage III Gene
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU - Definitely a better one...Though the low powered OCZs are fine, but that 700W is not a good performer...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And U2410 missing DisplayPort ? Do check again
http://www.dell.com/us/en/dfo/peripherals/monitor-dell-...
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August 11, 2010 6:02:37 AM

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.
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