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October 22, 2010 12:30:25 PM

I'm aware there are a lot of you who hate eyefinity but personally i LOVE it, basically having played on my friends eyefinity set up i wanna buy my own, what sorta spec do you guys think i should be going for? im thinking minimum quad core because i do a lot of audio and video work too possibly i7 920? the budget hasnt been set yet but tbh with the economy the way it is the cheaper the better! Id be running games like the new medal of honour, black ops, asassains creed brotherhood and the like. im pretty happy with the case already, basically psu, mobo, gpu, cpu and ram really, some advice on screens would be helpfull too, prefered sites anything from the uk, http://www.eclipsecomputers.com would be great cuz theyre local to where I live. in terms of desk space latterally i have adound 1.3 meters across at the very most! preferance of parts, gigabyte mobo, obviously ati graphics. and thats about it really, for the screens obviously thin bezels would be pretty much a must. I look forward to your responses :) 

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October 22, 2010 12:56:40 PM

well, the new 6870 might be the card for you with its built-in 6 monitor support
October 22, 2010 5:25:32 PM

im looking for a full system kinda thing but yeah they do look very tempting, do you recon id need the extra juice of a 5870? im not too fussed about 6 monitors anyway as i wouldent use it tbvh. i dont like the 6 monitor set up, at best id have three plus one to have web browser/emails on
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October 22, 2010 5:39:29 PM

assuming you're going to get the monitors and everything, It'll depend on your budget. $700 will get you just about everything you need except your monitors.
October 22, 2010 5:59:46 PM

what parts would you reccomend?
October 22, 2010 6:39:32 PM

AMD Phenom II X6 1075 & Asus AMD 870 SATA 3/USB3 mobo: $314.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ 550W Modular PSU and Samsung 1 TB HDD: $114.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mushkin Enhanced Blacklline 4 GB DDR3-1600 RAM: $83.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sapphire HD6850 1GB video card: $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its shocking how fast those have been selling out: Gigabyte and Power Color models are already done!

Rosewill Destroyer case: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4 Additional fans, Blue LED: $14.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG DVD Burner: $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3x e-machines 1920x1080 monitors: $449.97 (149.99 ea)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1225.88
October 24, 2010 9:12:17 AM

could you reccomend any 22" screens instead? im fairly limited on desk space.....
October 24, 2010 9:18:43 AM

possibly with 3d capability? cuz i may aswell make the investment so i have the option to play 3d.
October 24, 2010 9:31:01 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

there u got.. this is the first 3d monitor.... and its 22'' and the 6870 dont support 6 monitors... it suports a maxumum of 4... if u want 3d get nvidia maby a pair of gtx 460 would be great but u will need a minimum of i5+ sli capable mothrboard... but if u want u can get i7+58x mobo and they all are sli capable so its ur choise
October 24, 2010 9:43:05 AM

id only want to use three monitors in 3d at most so is that one capable? (I prefer amd/ati because theyre more efficient, they tend to have a higher performance, and price v performance, amd ati wipes up the floor with nvidia
October 24, 2010 9:49:54 AM

ohh im not sre if new ati cards support 3d games if anybody know please tell me... about the monitor that on its great for eyefinity because of the square borders
October 24, 2010 9:51:34 AM

ohh i just realise that its not full hd but i couldnt find another 3d monitor of 22' that is full hd.. if u want full hd u will have to buy a 23 monitor
October 24, 2010 9:59:12 AM

im thinking I might leave 3d untill it gets a little cheaper (in terms of the monitors anyway!) then just sell the monitors i buy initially to cover the majority of the cost.
October 24, 2010 10:00:38 AM

im still wating for 27 inch 3d monitors :p 
October 24, 2010 10:00:58 AM

the 68xx series upports up to 6 monitors through mini-display ports (3 ea), or through a combination of display port, hdmi and dvi.

The new 68xx also has AMI's new 3D solution

October 24, 2010 10:03:38 AM

are u sure :p  i saw on a video that they suport up to 4 :S
October 24, 2010 10:30:37 AM

yes, I'm sure:



thats from Tom's review, but it was seen in every review of the 6850/6870
October 24, 2010 10:37:16 AM

:o  u can run 3 monitor with just one display port...?? cool :p  i want 6900 now u.u
October 24, 2010 10:52:36 AM

Unless you're getting displayport monitors forget ati. You pay 100USD for a displayport adapter which is insane. In which case 2 460s/465s are much faster for the same price.
October 24, 2010 10:56:19 AM

or you pay $15 for a dvi/display port adapter
October 24, 2010 10:57:56 AM

in my case i will w8 for 27 3d monitor to buy it and if its 1440p better :D ... but i will need a very good card :S
October 24, 2010 11:42:35 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
or you pay $15 for a dvi/display port adapter


No that isn't an option. Those adapters just transfer the signal they don't transform it meaning if you plug that hdmi into a non displayport display it won't work. What you're looking for is active adapters like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... although there are some that are cheaper.
October 24, 2010 11:51:51 AM

i dunno, i mean I was considering nvidea but a they run much hotter, they use a lot more energy, they cost more per unit of performance and tbh it seems like a rip of HAVING to buy two cards to run three monitors :/ 
October 24, 2010 12:37:26 PM

esaglik said:
i dunno, i mean I was considering nvidea but a they run much hotter, they use a lot more energy, they cost more per unit of performance and tbh it seems like a rip of HAVING to buy two cards to run three monitors :/ 


In some way you're right, but Nvidia has some great cards. Nvidia destroyed ati in bang for buck(even considering the heat 470s/480s put out) from 150usd-500usd until 2 days ago when some competition arrived.

Still however Nvidia is still in the game with the 460 1gb being cooler and faster than the new 6850 while consuming a bit more power. Nvidia sli scales much better and nvidia has physx but then ati has eyefinity.

All in all they both have thier ups and downs the question is which differences play more in your favour? in this case that would be nvidia because they have physx and great sli scaling which is all perfect for 3screens. Whilst whith ati you would need either another card in CF which scales badly or an overpriced displayport adapter.

IMO get 2 450s/460s/465s
October 24, 2010 12:48:06 PM

dont get 465....... get 460 and get the 768mb edition the 1gb one doesnt worth it
October 24, 2010 1:24:41 PM

Juanchioo said:
dont get 465....... get 460 and get the 768mb edition the 1gb one doesnt worth it


There are some amazing deals on 465s last week you could get a 465 twin frozer for 160 which is dirt cheap for the performance you get.
October 24, 2010 5:24:26 PM

Somebody_007 said:
There are some amazing deals on 465s last week you could get a 465 twin frozer for 160 which is dirt cheap for the performance you get.


so what system would you reccomend? (UK prices if possible) I have nothing as a limit, say I wanted to spend no more than 1400 pounds total, possibly a bit more so with shipping it all equals 1500, with the monitors included? with consideration for my desk space with a maximum for all three monitors being 4.5 to 5 ft?
October 24, 2010 5:54:44 PM

get scrwysqrls build with dual 6870s and you should be good
October 24, 2010 6:14:20 PM

goalguy876 said:
get scrwysqrls build with dual 6870s and you should be good

I wanna see what somebody_007 has to say.
October 24, 2010 7:26:25 PM

As I said before SLI scales much better than Crossfire(on average we're looking at a 90% scaling vs 70%-80% although the new ati cards could be better, but I highly doubt it) so if you want to shell out the money for 2 cards nvidia seems the way to especially because nvidia is ussually paired with intel which also is a better choice in this price range and usage.

I'm gonna go with ebuyer I'm assuming that's ok?

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/230557 X2: 320
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/195331: 150
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166528: 240
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/241552: 80
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/159927: 115
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143854: 50
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804: 45
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/177132 X3: 400
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143289: 50
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/175523: 50

Which totals to 1490. Which is on the limits of your budget, although if you drop the keyboard and mouse it gives you some breathing room(Didn't know if you need them). If you can though upgrade the case to something like this http://www.ebuyer.com/product/236437

Now I can assure you there is nothing amd has to offer that rivals what I listed. I7s are the best gaming procs hands down. And x58 makes dual GPU solutions a good 5% faster. You could exchange the 460s for 6870s/6850s, but I wouldn't as history tells us ati just doesn't match nvidia in multi-GPU scaling.
October 24, 2010 8:20:53 PM

I like it, is 750W enough though? considering im thinking about futuer and possibly adding a physx card at a later date? perhaps a 850 or 900w? which would you reccomend? (specific brand or model?) otherwise it all seems perfect.
also I didnt need the keyboard and mouse so I had room to upgrade the case to an nzxt evo. and add a second 1tb hard drive so i can set up a raid 0 array.
October 24, 2010 8:50:51 PM

750w should do, but if your're considering heavy OCs and a physx card then maybe you should get an 850w psu, I reccomend an xfx 850 or corsair 850hx. They're actually the same they're both made by seasonic, but xfx ussually looks better and is cheaper.

I'd get the fractal case I mentioned over the evo because IMO it looks cleaner(which I like obviously) it's also very quiet or if you replace the noise dampening pads with fans it's a very cool case (one of the coolest in it's price range definately far cooler than the evo). I've also heard the evo is pretty flimsy. But hey it's just a case so choose the one you like.

And good choice about raid. I've always been a fan of raid0.
October 24, 2010 9:03:34 PM

likewise, raid 0 is just amazing, and i had no idea it was the same psu under a different brand, everyone alays goes on about how corsair is "so much more reliable" and everything. and i was thinking mabye going slightly over budget and getting a haf x? i love its looks but hate its price, and one think you missed out, a cpu heatsink, cuz the intel ones dont cut it, even if i dont overclock id rather not have my cpu running 80 degrees under load.
October 25, 2010 2:08:32 AM

the Haf X and Haf 932 are absolutely HUGE, monster cases
October 25, 2010 2:24:49 AM

Juanchioo said:
dont get 465....... get 460 and get the 768mb edition the 1gb one doesnt worth it


I agree, get a GTX 460, however, skip the 768mb version. The 1 gig can be had for only a few more bucks, and will really shine once you start cranking up the resolution.

A pair of them will set you back ~$400 bucks, and will outperform a GTX 480. Plus, they can overclock easily, and if you have 2, can run Nvida surround, which is pretty much the same as eyefinity.

Running eyefinity off 1 card is generally a bad idea anyways, unless you are running at really low resolutions, the performance won't be that great. Its just so many pixles to push.
October 25, 2010 6:05:44 AM

Yeah funny about the psus isn't it. SO many people want corsair over xfx. To the point where they get a corsair tx series psu which is a lower end psu from seasonic over an xfx which is absurd.

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/226440 Here's a good cooler, it isn't cheap but if you go with a lower end cooler you can just aswell keep the intel.

and as for the case our tastes obviously differ so I won't interfere but as screwysqrl said the haf 932 and 942 are massive. Before you consider one think about how big they are(60cmx60x20 roughly).

And to theguy360 I agree with everything you say and bassically everything you rewccomend is in the build I listed.
October 25, 2010 7:14:53 AM

what do you think about a cosmos or cosmos s? or mabye a lanboy air? or darkfleet 85? sorry I know a lot of cases about, its just the one you showed me didnt seem to be all that in terms of cooling performance.
October 25, 2010 11:57:43 AM

There are lots of good cases on the market. I like the Cooler master HAF series for providing a great set of features and amazing cooling at a pretty reasonable price.

However, the case decision is pretty much up to your own taste. Although some cases might offer better airflow, or others might offer slightly better cable management, what it comes down to is a box that you are going to have to look at probably every day for at least a year or two.

Pick something you like the look of, but try and stick with a reputable brand name. Coolermaster, Antec, Corsair, NZXT, and a few others.

Also, GTX460 1gb is superior to the GTX 465. Generally most people will recommend you avoid the GTX 465, and I would agree with them.

Finally a big plus 1 to XFX power supplies. They are all made by Seasonic. Many people seem to think that Seasonic is far supperior to Corsair's other OEM, CWT, but I haven't really seen any evidence of that.

October 25, 2010 12:08:36 PM

im considering a lanboy air because of the cooling capability and totally modular design.
October 25, 2010 12:18:52 PM

Again, case choice is your call.

Personally I wasn't that impressed with the lanboy air, but thats mostly because I didn't like the look of it, and I thought it was a little pricey, and because I thought the modular thing was overplayed, and not really useful.

But!

If you like then, then its the case for you. I'm sure it will perform very well, and has lots of great features.
October 25, 2010 12:23:14 PM

whats your personal choice in case for a build of this scale?
October 25, 2010 12:49:36 PM

my personal choice is generally Rosewill cases, the Blackbone, Destroyer, Challenger and Cruiser are all good cases, but they are Newegg's house brand, and can't be ordered in the UK.

in the not terribly expensive or huge, but good for cooling there's the Antec 200, Atec 300/300 Illusion, CoolerMaster 310, 690/690II, and HAF 912
October 25, 2010 1:08:12 PM

(hxdxw) 19 x 19 x 10 is the size of the area I have for the case to go in so anything within that, i spose the other option is i put the case by the side of my desk and not under it............ (units are all in inches)
October 25, 2010 1:19:46 PM

in that case, the biggest case I'd consider is the 300 or 300 illusion (at 18.3 x 8.9 x 18).
October 25, 2010 1:31:42 PM

I love the ideq of the lanboy air if you've got the money I say go for it.
October 25, 2010 1:32:07 PM

what format is that? as in "(hxdxw)"
October 25, 2010 1:40:34 PM

Somebody_007 said:
I love the ideq of the lanboy air if you've got the money I say go for it.

only thing with the lanboy is id have to get an external disk drive, I intend to get a fan speed controller just for the looks if nothing else! and a creative soundblaser champion series soundcard (with the fron panel device)
October 25, 2010 3:03:06 PM

esaglik said:
only thing with the lanboy is id have to get an external disk drive, I intend to get a fan speed controller just for the looks if nothing else! and a creative soundblaser champion series soundcard (with the fron panel device)


why would you need an external hdd?

and yeah I see your point on the fan controller I have an areocool v12xt just for telling me the room temps and obviously for the looks. I wouldn't get a sound card for that reason though.
October 25, 2010 3:05:57 PM

I think he means that the Lanboy has only enough space for 1 5.25 item, so he's have to use an external DVD drive because the only slot is taken up by the fan controller module.

there's no point to a sound card any more, onboard is more than adequate for all modern usage
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