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2D - 4 to 8 Monitors Build

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June 24, 2011 5:03:08 PM

I would appreciate various opinions on a 2D multi monitor set up for business.

I can build it or buy out of the box.

Purpose:

1. Bloomberg research (not trading however)
2. scrolling news
3. research databases so multiple apps up like excel, word, outlook 10 tabs on Internet browser and Adobe are all up with multiple docs

Requirements:

1. Very quite box -ideally no noise
2. Needs to stay cool
3. Cheap as possible, but not sacrificing reliability, speed, and quietness
4. Expandable so I can have it for 3 years

I don't want anything more than what is needed i.e. I'm not gaming, but I do occasionally stream netflix while working late. I understand that for multi monitor setup one can actually slow down system performance by buying components that could create bottlenecks on a multi processor/graphic card set up. That is where I get foggy with the technical details. FYI I'm familiar with Matrox and the Nvidia 3D gaming cards etc.

I appreciate your suggested builds.

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a b C Monitor
June 24, 2011 5:09:05 PM

it would be nice if you gave us your topmost budget.
a b C Monitor
June 24, 2011 8:53:43 PM

Ideally a 6 monitor Eyefinity setup would most likely be what would be good for you. However as mjmjpfaff said more information is needed on the budget.

Since basically what you have described roughly entails:

6x FullHD monitor 22-24" (1920x1080) ~200-400 each + monitor stands to support them probably additional $400-600. Or wall mounting but anyway costs something.

Then a rig to run all that stuff you could probably use a i5 2500 or i7 2600 based computer with 8 Gigs of ram.
Depending on your need for application loading times possibly an SSD, and HD space requirements with a video card/cards to run the stuff.
( there is an eyefinity 6 edition 5870 that could do it but it's about $600 so there might be cheaper alternatives )
You are anyway looking at something between $1000-1500

Then probably about $100 for mouse keyboard and such needed things.

So the total of what you are looking at is somewhere in the $3000-$4500 range to get it to be a usable setup.

The above of course is just a rough estimate, just trying to get a ballpark figure together.
So get some kind of a figure on what you can spend and I'm sure we'll be able to help with a more precise list of components.



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June 30, 2011 11:42:49 PM

mjmjpfaff said:
it would be nice if you gave us your topmost budget.


I was thinking about $1500, but that's approximate.
June 30, 2011 11:45:19 PM

rvilkman said:
Ideally a 6 monitor Eyefinity setup would most likely be what would be good for you. However as mjmjpfaff said more information is needed on the budget.

Also, I'm not too concerned about monitors. I can tackle that part, more concerned with the computer. Thanks again.


Since basically what you have described roughly entails:

6x FullHD monitor 22-24" (1920x1080) ~200-400 each + monitor stands to support them probably additional $400-600. Or wall mounting but anyway costs something.

Then a rig to run all that stuff you could probably use a i5 2500 or i7 2600 based computer with 8 Gigs of ram.
Depending on your need for application loading times possibly an SSD, and HD space requirements with a video card/cards to run the stuff.
( there is an eyefinity 6 edition 5870 that could do it but it's about $600 so there might be cheaper alternatives )
You are anyway looking at something between $1000-1500

Then probably about $100 for mouse keyboard and such needed things.

So the total of what you are looking at is somewhere in the $3000-$4500 range to get it to be a usable setup.

The above of course is just a rough estimate, just trying to get a ballpark figure together.
So get some kind of a figure on what you can spend and I'm sure we'll be able to help with a more precise list of components.

a b C Monitor
July 1, 2011 8:09:36 AM

CPU: i7 2600 $299 ( if you want to overclock for more performance, the i7 2600k is only $20 more )
MB: Asus P8P67 Pro $179.99
Memory:Gskill Sniper 2x4GB 1.5V 1600Mhz $74.99
GPU: ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2GD5 Radeon HD 6950 2GB $309.99
SSD:Intel 320 series 120GB SSD $289.99 - for reliable OS and SW drive
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB x2 $129.98 - for Mirrored Raid 1 Storage
DVD: Asus 24x DVD+/-RW $19.99
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $69.99
PSU: Seasonic X650 $139.99


Total: $1449.90 ( without the $20 rebate on the video card )

The case has excellent airflow and 4 adjustable fans so you can make it really quiet.
The PSU is very efficient and very quiet. ( with low power consumption the fan doesn't even run )
The video card will let you run Eyefinity x6 so you can hook up 6 monitors to it.
Added an extra hard drive for mirrored storage.
Included a reliable SSD to hasten startup times.
8 gigs of ram should enough, but if you seem to be running out just add a 2nd kit.

You will need 4 monitors with Display Port interfaces and 2 which support DVI.

No OS, keyboard, mouse or monitors.

For the remaining $50 you can upgrade to i7 2600k and a $30 HSF if you want to overclock the CPU.
Other than that it should work just fine for you.
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