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$2500 Eyefinity Setup.

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August 5, 2011 4:45:40 PM

Looking for an eyefinity setup for work/gaming. I have dual monitor setups now, but the tri really seems interesting to me. Have a Q6600 w/ 9800GTX I'm upgrading from, would like something I can run on ultra or high, right now im doing low/med.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: up to $2500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Work/Gaming (BF3, Diablo3, GW2, SWTOR, Rift, etc)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, everything else is going to the classifieds. :) 
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg & amazon
Country of Origin: USA (Texas)
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Likely not, unless really needed (not much experience with it)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, XFIRE
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 x 3
Additional Comments: Haven't dealt with Eyefinity before, but like the idea. Anyone have experience with it?

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Compucase Case with USB 3.0 and Black Interior Cost: $139.99

Psu: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-900 900W ATX12V v2.3 EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Cost: $129.99 ($20 Rebate)

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz Cost: $219.99

MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gbs USB 3 ATX Intel Motherboard Cost : $184.99

Cooler COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Cost: $27.99

GFX Cards: SAPPHIRE FleX 100312FLEX Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity $279.99 each - $20.00 Rebate

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL Cost: $64.99

Burner: ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS - OEM Cost: $99.00

OS Hard Drive: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Cost: $218.99

Storage HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Cost: $59.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Cost $99.00

Productivity Software: Microsoft Office 2010 Business Cost: $149.99

Monitors: 3 x ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers Cost = $199.99 each.

Total Cost: $2556.00 before $60 in rebates.

Any suggestions on anything to trim the fat? I included office, because thats how my brain works. I'm not tied to any part/brand, etc, except the 2500k.

Would be nice to get it closer to $2300 or so.

Thanks for any suggestions!




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August 5, 2011 5:01:21 PM

um you have a capable processor already, have you thought of just a graphics card upgrade? (also whats your current mobo?). i would say this card is better:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

along with the PSU you selected. And if you still feel the need you could upgrade after that.

i would say that the Q6600 will bottleneck your graphics card, but the FPS you'll be acheiving will counteract that.
August 5, 2011 10:09:40 PM

I forget which mb I have, it's an evga with a chipset around 4 years old. I do have a corsair h1000w psu, it's 4 years old and seems to still work ok, but afraid of frying any new components by using that.... Think it'll still work for a new build?
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August 5, 2011 10:13:07 PM

the psu will definitely work. do you have any storage drives you can reuse?
August 5, 2011 10:43:26 PM

Awesome, I'll try to reuse that then. Is there any way to test the PSU to make sure it's still up to par and won't fry anything?

Its currently in a coolermaster cosmos case. It's HUGE and customized with dremel cut side panels, but it's also loud as he'll... I think I need a newer smaller case with better airflow for two cards. Will just turn the old case into a side panel and put LEDs in it. :) 

Any other suggestions on components?
August 5, 2011 10:58:45 PM

storage drives you will try to reuse? and will you post a link to the psu?
that is a good case it is loud probably because of fans. just get new ones.
can you list the parts in your old computer and try to find links if you can? you can probably reuse a lot in it.
August 6, 2011 4:07:53 AM

Software- 250$

ASUS 2ms monitor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 160$x3=480-20$=460$ a little smaller but it is the same resolution so you are getting the same experience

Silverstone Raven RV02-BW- http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-RV02B-W-Steel-Tower-C... 160$-25$=135$

i5 2500k & P8P67 WS REVOLUTION- http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 460$-20$=440$

Corsair hx 1000w- great psu 0$

6950 2gb- http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex... 265$x3=795-20$=775$ yup your psu is big enough it can handle 3

Gskill 1600mhz 8gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$

Blu-Ray Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 100$-20=80$

Plextor 128gb ssd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 180$ faster same size just as reliable

samsung spinpoint f3 1tb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$

Total=2545$-105$ of mail in reabtes=2440$

here is a review on trifiring 6950's- http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1084/pg18/xfx-rad... looks like you will be able to max out every game :D 

August 6, 2011 4:25:11 AM

Great answer mj. I just may put that third one in. :)  Would you recommend I wait till newegg stocks the 6950 flex or pull the trigger now?

Will likely increase my budget a little and get the 24s just for that wow factor :) 
August 6, 2011 4:37:28 AM

the dirt 3 edition sapphire card is a great card i dont see a reason to wait.
August 6, 2011 5:14:23 AM

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here is a review on trifiring 6950's- http://www.hardwareheaven.com/revi [...] s-sli.html looks like you will be able to max out every game :D 


Not GTA IV it seems... got it yesterday and it barely passes 50FPS and still stutters here and there (Tri-fire 6990-6970, basically the same) oh and thats not maxed out either.

What mjmjpfaff said looks good. If you are going tri-fire and will be doing a bit of OCing then maybe consider a 1200W PSU (Corsair AX1200 is best) otherwise looks like a good build.

In terms of the Mobo you are going with a WS Revolution for the NF200 controller (as far as i know it is the cheapest board with it available at the moment) for x16/x16 with crossfire, note that it will drop to x16/x8/x8 in tri-fire you wont notice the difference but just to let you know. Also I suggest you check this out: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-gaming-3-way-sl...
August 6, 2011 5:34:13 AM

Ninja Pants said:
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here is a review on trifiring 6950's- http://www.hardwareheaven.com/revi [...] s-sli.html looks like you will be able to max out every game :D 


Not GTA IV it seems... got it yesterday and it barely passes 50FPS and still stutters here and there (Tri-fire 6990-6970, basically the same) oh and thats not maxed out either.

What mjmjpfaff said looks good. If you are going tri-fire and will be doing a bit of OCing then maybe consider a 1200W PSU (Corsair AX1200 is best) otherwise looks like a good build.

In terms of the Mobo you are going with a WS Revolution for the NF200 controller (as far as i know it is the cheapest board with it available at the moment) for x16/x16 with crossfire, note that it will drop to x16/x8/x8 in tri-fire you wont notice the difference but just to let you know. Also I suggest you check this out: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-gaming-3-way-sl...


for cf 750w is suggested and power consumption is around 240w and since you already have headroom for 750w 1000w should definitely be enough. and the corsair ax 1200 is overpriced when compared to this psu which also scored a 9.5/10 on jonny guru- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 6, 2011 5:37:25 AM

double post. shoot
August 6, 2011 8:17:51 AM

3 6950's will draw close to 750W, 850W should technically be OK, and yes 1000W should be plenty. It was a just a note of consideration for those of us who may be over precautious and/or suffer from OCD :)  And yes the OCZ is $70AUS less and got good reviews all round.
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