Hi, I'm an equities & futures trader and located in Dubai, UAE - for the past several years I've had a simple core2duo pc with dual monitors and it worked beautifully till last week (when the whole thing got wrecked in a moving accident,sadly). The only work I had to do on it, in all the time I owned it was to increase the ram once from 2gb to 3gb last year - and this suited me fine because I am not very computer savvy...so now I'm looking to build a new pc.
My usage needs are simple
- no real gaming (at the most, some times I play a little counterstrike: source and that runs great even on my crap laptop so it shouldn't be a prob)
- browsing and some hd movies from time to time
- most importantly, stock trading with multiple charting packages and data streams running concurrently
I'm looking for a simple enough setup but I want to have 3 monitors this time - from what I understand, AMD's Eyefinity is the way to go - Price is not really an issue but I don't want to spend like $2-3k because my needs aren't that heavy. Right now I only have a keyboard and mouse left so I'm looking for an entire build - CPU, casing, MoBo, power supply, hdd, optical drive, RAM, graphics card, win7 64bit and 3 monitors, atleast 22" each
The rep at the local computer mart gave me the following specs
MOTHERBOARD : ASUS P7H55-V P55 2200FSB O.C (LGA1156)
MEMORY : CORSAIR 8gb 1333mhz
HARD DRIVE : 500GB 3.5" SATA-II 7200RPM
OPTICAL DRIVE : SAMSUNG DVDRW 22X SATA
GRAPHIC CARD : ATi FirePro V4800 1GB GDDR5
CHASSIS : COOLER MASTER CHASSIS GLADIATOR 600 WITH 600W PSU
O/S: Win 7 home prem. 64bit
Monitors: DELL P2210h x3
Price Total = US$ 1350 - includes all cabling and installation
Now, to my questions:
1) Is this setup overkill for my needs, especially the firepro card and 600W psu? (The comp store guy said the firepro card will serve all 3 monitors, run eyefinity for me and firepro drivers etc are hassle free and stable, much more so than radeon)
2) Do I need to add a cpu cooler or something - don't cpu's and graphics cards already come with coolers/fans?
it has dvi, hdmi and displayport on it with the following 'notes' on its spec page
(Note 2) To use the onboard DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D, and D-Sub ports, you must install an Intel CPU with integrated graphics.
(Note 3) The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
(Note 4) You can use only one of the onboard digital graphics ports (e.g. DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI-D) for output when in the BIOS Setup program or when during the POST screens.
so presumably it will run my 3 monitor setup and I don't have to get a graphics card at all then - or am i missing something very basic here? :-s
I'd appreciate any help answering these questions and/or suggesting changes to the build given above as per my requirements - Thanks
1) This setup is a bit overkill for your needs and is not well balanced at all. You could do much better for $1350.
2) No you do not need to add a CPU cooler or anything. Retail CPUs will come with one.
3) Unfortunately thats not how it works. You can only output 1 video display using the on-board graphics.
You will need an ATI/AMD card to output 3 displays with a single card (might require an adapter). I would suggest a HD 6850.
First I would definitely swap out the CPU as its usually not very good from a price to performance stand point. I also don't think you need 8GBs of ram (4GB is more than enough for your needs). The power supply that comes from the case combo is also very low quality. Try to stick with something from Antec, Seasonic, Enermax, Corsair, OCZ, and a few others. From Cooler Master the silent pro series is very good.