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Eyefinity Build - Any advice?

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July 28, 2011 3:35:44 AM

I have never built my own computer, so please keep that in mind. Do I get any extra points for reading the "Read Me"?



Approximate Purchase Date: No big rush.


Budget Range: $1500 - $2000


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, internet, games, internet

Parts Not Required: Need it all.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: U.S.


Parts Preferences: AMD for Eyefinity

Overclocking: I have know idea what that means.


SLI or Crossfire: Do I need it?


Monitor Resolution: You tell me.

Additional Comments: I want Eyefinity!


Thanks in advance for everyone's help!

Mike

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July 28, 2011 4:13:25 AM

Here is a start -
i5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
Gigabyte Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GSKillz 8GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU - Antec HCG 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x HD 6950 - This is the Flex edition where it is not required to have a monitor with Display port,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - Win 7

3x Monitor -
ASUS 21.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$1800 without KB/ Mouse,.... hmm looks pretty high, but will give you a high-end Eyefinity experience...
July 28, 2011 4:30:04 AM

You can game across 3 monitors with Nvidia too just for the record, it just has a different name. 'Nvidia Surround'. Also, overclocking is increasing the speed of your hardware but generating more heat, so if you have good cooling it's recommended. AMD cards are probably a better choice in GPU's for Eyefinity as you tend to get more graphics memory and that's important for multi monitor gaming. Here is what youre going to want to aim for:

Intel Core i5-2500k
2x4GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600Mhz
GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
XFX Core Edition PRO850W
COOLER MASTER HAF 922
LG CD/DVD Burner
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 2GB (One of these for medium-high settings, probably 2 for ultra high)
3 x ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24"
Windows 7 HP 64 Bit

Before shipping and rebates and including both cards and all 3 monitors that comes just over $1900 on Newegg. Maybe just make do with one GPU for a while so you have some cash for a decent mouse and keyboard and whatever else you need. (Speakers?)

You may need a display port adapter too as one of the monitors in Eyefinity has to be connected by displayport as far as i know.

Anyway, this build would be x8/x8 Crossfire ready (Crossfire is recommended for decent framerates if you want very high settings in Eyefinity) and good for overclocking. You wont need to do this until the CPU starts to show it's age, that gives you plenty of time to learn overclocking.

Lastly, i would highly recommend reading plenty of guides on how to build your own PC before actually doing it. It isn't as hard as it might seem when you know what youre doing though so don't be intimidated.
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July 28, 2011 4:31:03 AM

gkay09 said:
Here is a start -
i5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
Gigabyte Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GSKillz 8GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU - Antec HCG 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x HD 6950 - This is the Flex edition where it is not required to have a monitor with Display port,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - Win 7

3x Monitor -
ASUS 21.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$1800 without KB/ Mouse,.... hmm looks pretty high, but will give you a high-end Eyefinity experience...


Haha we are in sync and came up with almost exactly the same build.
July 28, 2011 4:33:01 AM

^ Nice,... ;) 
July 28, 2011 2:51:02 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies. Unfortunately, the wife now wants a new bedroom set. I really don't want to spend $4500 cash in one day for both and two new computer desks.

I've been stuck using a $300 e-machine for the past two years since my last gaming computer crashed and it has been killing me.

I think I'm going to have to stick with one of the sub $1000 gaming rigs. Thaks everyone for your time.

Mike
July 29, 2011 10:56:36 AM

You could just change the graphics for a single GTX 560Ti, get a 750W power supply and a single monitor, that should come in your budget.
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