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Total budget: $3000 $2000 gaming pc $1000 monitor [3x] Need Advice

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March 6, 2011 11:34:50 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks from now
Budget Range: $ 2000 for the tower and $1000 for triple monitors

System Usage from Most to Least Important: crysis 2, sc2, multi-tasking, coding, watching movies, surfing the net

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or some other website with good deals and ratings.

Country of Origin: USA Utah

Parts Preferences: i would prefer an i7 sandy bridge cpu(optional), full tower case [ maximize budget on parts with good ratings ]

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: at least 1920x1080 or better for triple monitor setup

Additional Comments: i would like it to run on max settings on crysis 2 and would prefer it NOT to be liquid cooled just air cooled, quiet pc, able to run triple monitor setup smoothly

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March 6, 2011 12:37:17 PM
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March 11, 2011 8:31:25 PM

thanks. would this do since the mother board is out of stock.
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
i was also wondering which is a better case in terms of air cooling
Case1 : LIAN LI PC-P80 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Case2: XCLIO 2000 Black &Ttitanium Finish 1.0 mm SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Full Tower Extreme Cooling Computer Case

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March 12, 2011 2:32:51 PM

i like WR2's ^ configuration... but here's what i would change:
- Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower: $160 -> one of the best solid cases out there... and this is the revised version with USB3.0 + SSD 2.5" drive support, complete with loads of native and adjustable fans
- CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular: $165
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit: $100
- ASUS Black 24X DVDRW: $19
- Intel 510 Series SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III Solid State Drive: $315 -> the new SSD from Intel that is comparable in performance to the Vertex Pro 3 (not out yet) and will actually take great advantage of the SATA III on the P67 motherboard
- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB: $55
- ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $240
- Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz: $329
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600: $100 -> you won't see any real-world performance difference between CL8 and 9... save the $30
- 2 x HIS H695F2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB: $540 ($270 each) -> and of course flash the BIOS's to the R6970 for free performance boost on both of them to get close to R6990 performance levels

TOTAL: $2,022 ($1,970 after rebates)

March 12, 2011 2:42:12 PM

for your triple monitor setup:
- 3 x ASUS VE276Q Black 27" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor w/Display Port & Speakers: $870 ($290 each) -> you'll need the Display Ports for the triple monitor setup... and if you have room for 3 x 27" monitors... then this will be one killer setup..!
March 12, 2011 3:40:30 PM

lol 27" wont even fit my desk the other one would fall off XD
hmm is it actually better to have 2x27" [...] 6824236091
vs 3x23"
NEC E231W-BK 23" 1920 x 1080 5ms Height, Tilt,Swivel & Pivot Adjustable LED BackLight LCD Displayport Monitor $224
March 12, 2011 3:49:48 PM

depends how you want your setup visually... for gaming i'd recommend going with 3 x monitors. for productivity... up to you really...

another thing you should consider is getting something like this, especially for 3+ monitors, for a nice clean desk:
- ERGOTRON 33-296-195 LX Triple/Dual Display Lift Stand

and that can fit into your $1000 monitor budget
March 12, 2011 4:07:23 PM

i guess ill go with 3x 27" on that lift stand hopefully it can stable out.
and one last thing does the MOBO on this one require me to put the GPU after the setup?
BTW this is my 1st time building putting together a computer from scratch. hopefully i don't mess up.
March 12, 2011 4:36:27 PM

no, put the GPU right when you're setting everything up together... (usually of of the last pieces of hardware to insert)
April 29, 2011 11:17:19 AM

Best answer selected by silverraven09.