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New Builder - Triple Monitor Eyefinity Help

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August 6, 2011 5:16:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: Lower 2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse
Preferred Website for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: No preference
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I am new to building a PC and to this forum, this will be my first build since 2003 and I must say a lot has changed. Basically I want a Eyefinity triple monitor set-up and was wondering if I am getting myself into too much right now or I should be okay, minus troubleshooting. Also I'd like to know if there was anything I am missing or needed for this type of set up that I don't have listed below. Since I am not overclocking the system should I get an aftermarket CPU cooler or stock is fine? Thermal Paste? The GPU's I chose any good or go with another brand? SSD Drive worth the extra 200? I would like to play my games maxed out as possible so if you guys have any suggestions on tweaking this build or what else I need, I would very much appreciate it. I'd like to save as much as possible, but I'd also like to get a great gaming system for my buck. Thanks a lot guys.

GPU: 2x HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

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

MOBO: 1x ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: 1x Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Bundle PSU/Case:
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

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

Bundle IHD/OS:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM

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

Other: 1x HIS CrossFire Bridge Interconnect Cable Model HCFBC4065

Again any tips/help would be appreciated, and have a great weekend!
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a b C Monitor
August 6, 2011 7:04:05 PM

In order to setup Eyefinity correctly, you must have at least one monitor with display port. Most cheap monitors won't have display port so you will need to get yourself a active display port converter.
The monitor you pick is fine, IMO right now a monitor is just a monitor so it doesn't matter what you pick unless someone comes in and swears by a particular brand.
For eyefinity setup it's preferred to run them in portrait mode as you will get the best viewing experience.
Run them horizontally and you may have to turn your head more to see the sides.
If I were you, I'll just get a large screen instead of running 3 small ones in Eyefinity.

August 6, 2011 8:42:45 PM

Yeah 6950's are great cards for the price. Stock heatsink and fan should be fine if your not OC'ing. For thermal paste I would recommend arctic silver and if you have the money I would definately go for an ssd for your boot drive. Greatly improves start-up times and you should notice a big improvement in app/game loading times too. One thing I did notice though - if you are going to all this expense to build a nice gaming system I trust your not relying on the built in speakers on the lcd's for your sound? I would definately invest a bit of extra cash on a decent set of speakers and/or headset/headphones..........
a b C Monitor
August 6, 2011 8:48:41 PM

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August 13, 2011 1:28:06 AM

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