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August 29, 2010 2:57:41 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I know what I'm buying - I would have liked to buy parts 2 weeks ago. My mom going into the hospital has stalled my research and pushed me back significantly. I am asking for help because I don't have a lot of time to research effectively right now. I have read a lot of articles on Toms so I'm not completely daft. I have a pre order for the CE of FF XIV and no PC strong enough to even play it. My last build was just before FFXI came out, I did all the research myself but it took over a month, and now I don't have a month. Hopefully, she'll be fixed up and out of the hospital soon, or I may not have time to build it or even play FFXIV anyways. I pray thats not the case more for my moms sake.

BUDGET RANGE: I have a fairly high budget ~ 3,000 - I'd even pay more given a good justification. The cavaet is I only want the computer for playing FFXIV at max settings across 3 screens at 3760x1080 resolution, since a higher resolution would prove to be to costly for monitors. I don't want to spend a lot of money if I don't need to, since future scalability isn't extremely important to me. Its finding the balance between performance for FFXIV and cost.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: FFXIV as previously described. The FFXI build I have can do a lot of the other things I use the computer for.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have no other parts available for reuse - I intend to get everything new, since my old build is still going to be used and its 7 years old, I don't have unfortunately any parts available to reuse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com - I used newegg 7 years ago, and I had a good experience with their customer service. I'm not familiar with other websites, but if an item is cheaper, I'm not against trying them out.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States - New Jersey

PARTS PREFERENCES: My last build I decided to go Intel and ATI - I've been looking at NVidia cards and I'm not particularly sold. I'm pretty much set on an SLI or CROSSFIRE configuration, and the 3 monitors is a must. > 20" screens. I intend to overclock - I haven't done it in the past but its not as difficult now as it once was. I'm confident. I'm even willing to work with water cooler if necessary. I have an engineering background just not in computer hardware.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes if recommended

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 individually. 3x1920x1080 or 3760x1080 is the goal.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have a few things in the room already making noise, previous computer, girlfriend watching TV, cat water fountains... as quiet as I'd like it to be, I usually wear headphones anyways so its not as big a deal. I have written a few things down in doing research but nothing I'm set on really. Reading the balancing article and SLI scaling articles have really made me doubt anything that I have come up with so far, so I'm leaving it to the experts to give me at least a starting point to pick and prod at.

I appreciate any help you all are willing to give me.
August 29, 2010 3:43:37 PM

Just get 1920x1080 screens, and do you realize that with 3 screens you arent gonna be able to max it out..

Wait it out, in october/november the 6XXX are coming out. Just wait for those, because the 5XXX are dying. Or if you really want a 5XXX then atleast wait until the price drops.
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August 30, 2010 1:22:57 AM

Thanks Mr. Pizza

There was some confusion on my part when all of the benchmarks were in 1920x1200 and most 3 screen information I could find was 3760x1080.

3 screens with the added pixels would make it impossible to max out? if thats the case then I suppose its down to whatever my preference is whether to go one screen maxed or 3 screens with settings based on performance.

Its tough to wait to Oct. Nov. when I'm a diehard fan and want to start playing in the open beta starting this week.

If I were to go single card for now and build the rest of the system in order to be able to play and upgrade to crossfire 5XXX cards after the price drop or maybe even a 6XXX series card... Do we even know what the 6XXX series cards will be compatible with - I'm assuming a x58 mobo would be required.

Here is a pool of items from lists of related posts with similar budgets.. I think I'm going to weed out from here and adjust as I go.

CASE:
1) COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
2) COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case Supports XL-ATX, 4-way SLI and Quad Crossfire X
3) Coolermaster HAF-X Gaming Full Tower Case w/ 1x230mm Red LED Fan, 1x200mm Fans, 2xFront USB 3.0 Port

CPU:
1) Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model
2) Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model
3) Intel® Core™ i7-960 3.20 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366

COOLING:
1) COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
2) Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
3) Corsair H70
4) CyberPower Xtreme Hydro Liquid Cooling Kit 360MM w/ Triple Fan(CPU & GPU Liquid Cool Capable, Extreme Overclocking Performance + Extreme Silent at 18dBA)

MOBO:
1) (3-Way SLI Support) MSI X58A-GD65 Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Triple-Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 Audio, eSATA, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, IEEE1394a, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI
2) ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
3) ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
4) EVGA X58 FTW3

MEMORY:
1) 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module
2) 6GB Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D
3) G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI

GPU:
1) Liquid Cooling ATI Radeon PCIe Video Card
2) EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
3) x2 480 GTX
4) x2 460 GTX

PSU:
1) Thermaltake TR2 1200W ATX 80 PLUS
2) CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
3) CoolerMaster Gaming Power Supplies (900 Watts Ultimate Circuit PSU UCP - Quad SLI Ready

SSD:
1) Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
2) 128 GB Kingston 2.5 inch SATA Gaming MLC Solid State Disk [+143] (Single Hard Drive)
3) OCZ Vertex 2 120GB

HDD:
1) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
2) Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
3) 1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD

OD:
1) LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM
2) 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

OS:
1) Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
2) Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

BYTECC Bracket-35225 2.5 Inch HDD/SSD Mounting Kit For 3.5" Drive Bay or Enclosure

Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case Fan

Monitors: x3 Samsung PX2370 23" LED

Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech MK 5500

Headset: Logitech G930
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August 30, 2010 1:33:22 AM

I think I like this for the CPU since I can overclock it to the 960 level.

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model

and 2x GTX 460's since they are not very expensive - however I'm not sure how that will work with the 3 monitor type setup. My friend is planning on upgrading his current GPU so I may be able to borrow his until the 6XXX series releases.

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September 30, 2010 2:59:27 AM

Papadrom said:
I think I like this for the CPU since I can overclock it to the 960 level.

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model

and 2x GTX 460's since they are not very expensive - however I'm not sure how that will work with the 3 monitor type setup. My friend is planning on upgrading his current GPU so I may be able to borrow his until the 6XXX series releases.



What's up dude. I have the setup your kinda asking about.

I7 980x @ 4.3ghz
Asus P6X58D Premium
3 Gtx 480's
256gig C300 Ssd
8gigs Corsair Dominator Gt 2000mhz
Corsair 800D
Corsair Ax1200 psu

Water cooling
Tripple rad and single rad
CPU and gpu's

There is no support for sli yet. I have 3 24" Asus 1080p lcds.
I play at 3900x720 with maxed settings and 4xAA. No AO or DoF.
I get 30 fps in high traffic and locked at 60fps when roaming.
Never below 30 tho.

If you have any ?'s, I can help. My email is hambone07si@yahoo.com

I have some vids of FFxiv on 3 screens I can send you. Hit me up if you want.

The game is sick on 3 screens!!
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