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Please help me choose parts for a new gaming rig build

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October 28, 2011 3:01:23 PM

I'm going the surround gaming, 3-monitor route, for a total resolution of 7680x1440. I am leaning toward a trifire AMD solution for my GPUs- 1 HD6990 and 1 6970, so I'll need a motherboard that places plenty of space between PCI slots.

My budget is whatever it takes. Ha ha. Well, only sort of. It's not endless, but I am willing to spend $2000 and up for everything (monitors not included).

Overclocking welcome, so gear that supports that is a good thing. Not sure I want to deal with watercooling, so hopefully I won't run into temps that require it.

Timeframe is before Christmas, so no waiting until Q1 next year.

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

LAstly, I am hoping this system will "have legs"- I last built a gaming system in late 2005 and, with the exception of swapping out a video card, it lasted me quite well until today (and I gamed using a 30" monitor at 2560x1600).

Thanks all.
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October 28, 2011 10:46:28 PM

I don't think any graphics setup at the moment is going to blitz 7680x1440, I'm sure you will get perfectly playable FPS though.

I think the budget is slightly ambitious but there's nothing wrong with that :) . One thing that will help though is if you have an old HDD lying around, they are ridiculously expensive at the moment. Something else I would do is leave the SSD and maybe the CPU cooler till later so you can get the more important things now.

i5-2500k
ASRock Z68 Extreme7
8GB Corsair Vengeance LP
CM Storm Trooper
Corsair AX-1200
2 x MSI Lightning Extreme GTX 580 (Fermi) 3GB
DVD Burner

Total is around $2300 but I think it would be worth it because 3GB is going to be extremely useful at such a high resolution. That is also upgradeable with another GTX 580 3GB. When upgrade time comes you could get:

- Crucial M4 128GB or Intel 510 120GB
- Noctua NH-D14 or Corsair H100 or something
- Third GTX 580

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