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Please help me choose parts for a new gaming rig build

Last response: in Systems
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.

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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a b C Monitor
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.

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