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Trading Workstation Build - 3 Monitors - Loose Budget

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July 31, 2011 8:04:48 PM

*EDIT*: Included form for new build help...

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP - tomorrow if people are nice enough to help today :) 

Budget Range: No limit as long as benefit outweighs cost (don't need 1k CPU)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Trading (charting, platforms), everyday use, movies

Parts Not Required: Need everything except speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: If necessary for 3 monitor setup

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (looking at http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VK246H-24-Inch-Widescreen-Mo... x 1 and http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VW246H-24-Inch-Widescreen-Mo... x 2; OR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x 3 then add webcam -->not set in stone)

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Hey Guys - hoping for some help with a new three monitor setup.

I need this system for day trading, charting, etc. As long as the benefit outweighs cost, I have no budget (don't need a 1k CPU). So far, I've somewhat decided on an i7 2700, MSI P67-GD65 mobo, G. Skill 2x4GB ram (not set in stone):

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

I'm not sure the requirements for 3 monitors even after reading plenty of threads on it. Please let me know first if those components I listed are putting me on the right track and also what GPU, cooling, case, power, etc. would be needed to support this.

All help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Rich
August 2, 2011 6:58:55 PM

If any more information is needed, please let me know. I'm hoping to order the parts soon so if someone could help, that would be great!
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August 2, 2011 7:41:46 PM

My two cents is that there is no reason for you to spend so much money on a system that doesn't need the power. If you were gaming or rendering video then your specs would be great. What I would recommend is a cheaper system that will have no problem handling anything you can throw at it.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M5A97 EVO AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100328L Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Active DisplayPort Adapter 100924 DisplayPort to DVI Interface
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech K200 Black 8 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard for Business
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech B100 Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 800 dpi Mouse - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The cpu, motherboard, and ram in my build is slightly more expensive than just the cpu you had picked. Total price not including monitors and operation system $851. Any of the monitors you picked will be fine.

Hope this helps. Have to go to work now, but I will check back later tonight to see if you need any more help
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August 2, 2011 8:55:00 PM

Flyboy,

Thanks for your response. The reason I wanted a more powerful machine is so I can run a platform and chart on 3 monitors. It's my understanding that running 3 monitors @ 1920x1080 takes serious firepower. And I'd rather it be a little more powerful than needed just in case because I'm not looking to upgrade for at least 5 years.

Thanks,
Rich
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August 3, 2011 1:12:26 AM

Running 3 monitors is more about the power of the graphics card and not as much the cpu. How ever if are set on that cpu and motherboard you can switch them out with the ones I choose. Either build will work for you. Let me know if you have any more questions
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August 3, 2011 6:26:46 PM

I should have asked this sooner. What is the program you use to platform and chart? i might be able to search the web and figure out what kind of specs you will need for the gpu. Also the case I have in my build has 2 fans that come with it and you can also add another 4 fans if needed. I choose this case because I wasn't sure if you would have a problem with cases that have lighted fans.
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August 3, 2011 6:50:17 PM

I use Interactive Brokers platform for trading and charting. In general I'd rather have too much power with the cpu, mobo, and gpu. It's the "other" things that I want to ensure compatibility.

The case I'd like would obviously fit the parts, have USB 3.0, and have a minimum of 2 fans. Again I'd rather pay an extra $100 for a better case than skimp on a long term investment. Thanks for all your help flyboy!
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August 3, 2011 11:23:20 PM

Placed my order...thanks again!
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