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November 9, 2011 9:50:05 AM

Hey guys. New to the forum so if i make any mistakes with my post i apologise in advance

Approximate Purchase Date: Asap - xmas at latest

Budget Range: $1600/£1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 6 monitors for poker setup, possible SLS (eyefinity?)

Parts Not Required: monitors, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: england

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: i want to use an i7 cpu and an eyefinity gpu

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 6 monitors with 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I play poker online for my living and need a better system. Some of the software i use is getting more resource intensive with new releases so i need to support it without lag.

ive been trying to figure this out without bothering others for help but everytime i think i figure it out i hit a new stumbling block (mostly with graphics cards and pci-e channel numbers). my plan was to get a hd radeon 5870 eyefinity 6 with the 6 mini displayports but this seems to be out of production and sold out everywhere. so now im looking for 2 eyefinity compatible graphics cards and a motherboard to run them.

i want at least 12gb of ram and will need 2 harddrives. 1 ssd and 1 bigger cheaper one

the only part i have firmly in mind is the case

case - case

thanks in advance

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a b C Monitor
November 9, 2011 9:59:54 AM

Hello retroguy1987;

Does your budget include the cost of six monitors?
November 9, 2011 10:00:40 AM


no the budget is just for the pc. ive got money set aside for the monitors and mounting

also, if i dont need to spend all of the budget id prefer not too. so long as i can get everything i need
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a b C Monitor
November 9, 2011 10:01:30 AM

Parts Not Required: monitors, keyboard, mouse
Right - just saw that note. It's a generous amount for just the tower components.
November 9, 2011 10:03:58 AM

yeah i figured it might be. like i say above, dont feel the need to spend it all lol. its just what ive got spare for it. i7, 2 hard drives, 12gb ram and 6 screen graphics cards and im sweet. the cheaper the better
November 9, 2011 10:16:20 AM

i did stumble on the powercolor one when looking, but i couldnt find it anywhere in england for less than £400. it seemed easier to build with just 1 card but cheaper with 2 thats the only reason i said i wanted 2. If anyone can find it in UK for a reasonable price i would jump on it. seems to be a very limited number of big websites to buy components from in the UK.

EDIT >> ok i might have exagerated the 400 pound. i found it for £225 so that would work fine
a b C Monitor
November 9, 2011 10:20:34 AM

If you're considering 'lag', that's a function of your ISP.
November 9, 2011 10:25:34 AM

DelroyMonjo said:
If you're considering 'lag', that's a function of your ISP.

sorry, thats just my poor IT wording. the program isnt connected to the internet. its a database i run which just doesnt function properly on slow computers
November 9, 2011 10:30:22 AM

FinneousPJ said:
Wait, why would you need a special edition card? Even the 6700-series supports up to 4 displays per card according to AMD, so two 6770s should drive 6 screens right? <- that card for example advertises it can run three screens

i dont need a special edition card. the only benefit to have 1 card with 6 outputs and eyefinity is the ability to make my 6 screens into 1 big screen. i dont know for sure, but i dont think i could do that with 2 cards as eyefinity groups are limited to the output of each card.

price wise i think it would be slighty cheaper for 2 cards but then the motherboard would likely be a bit more expensive. so its a coin toss.
November 9, 2011 10:32:11 AM

Also - im reading around and it seems there isnt a great difference between a bottom range i7 and the i5 2500k so i would be happy to use that if it cheapens the build
November 9, 2011 10:36:49 AM

I think it's more than slightly cheaper.

The 2600K if a lot stronger IF your software can utilize HT.
November 9, 2011 10:40:56 AM

FinneousPJ said:
I think it's more than slightly cheaper.

The 2600K if a lot stronger IF your software can utilize HT.

HT being hyperthreading - yes? If right, i must admit i have no idea what this is lol could you offer a brief overview of what this is, and how i can use it
November 9, 2011 10:49:07 AM

thanks finneous.

ok, suppose i accept the additional cost and go for the powercolor card wr2 suggests, and i chose the i5 2500k and the case i chose in the OP. can someone suggest a motherboard?
November 9, 2011 10:53:49 AM

Do you want to overclock?
November 9, 2011 10:54:39 AM

Oh right you said no in the OP. Then you don't need the 2500K, get the non-K one and you can make due with a cheaper H61 motherboard too.
November 9, 2011 10:54:51 AM

if it wont affect performance im ok with that.

not because im lazy or anything, but could you post a link for a board and cpu from - just so im sure i have the right thing.
November 9, 2011 11:02:48 AM

urgh - i have some kind of mental block that prevents me buying cheap things lol

i always like to have the option to upgrade later if i chose so a cheap motherboard doesnt appeal to me. id like at least 4 slots for ram and 2 pci slots. based on this is there another motherboard you could suggest?

im considering adding a tv tuner so i would need 2 pci slots
November 9, 2011 11:18:14 AM

FinneousPJ said:
It's overkill given what you've told us but here's my standard recommendation for 1155 builds: Unfortunately I couldn't find it on ebuyer. Here's the CPU anyway:

EDIT: here's the K version if you want the option to overclock in the future

thanks again
so (having no experience with overclocking) only some cpu can be overclocked? if thats the case i like to keep my options open in which case ill go for the 2500k.
November 9, 2011 11:22:41 AM

Yeah, that's reasonable if you have a budget of 1000 GBP. With Intel these days only a few select CPUs are overclockable.
November 9, 2011 11:33:13 AM

ok, so, for easy reading for anyone (and for myself) here is what ive got so far

cpu -

motherboard -

graphics card -

case -]

so thats roughly half the budget gone. how does it look for compatibility, performance ect.. ?

still need psu, ram, cooling fans, ssd hd and 1tb normal hd. any help would be appreciated
November 9, 2011 11:39:01 AM

That motherboard doesn't support overclocking :p 
November 9, 2011 11:47:45 AM

FinneousPJ said:
That motherboard doesn't support overclocking :p 

hahaha doh. ok thats out then. need a motherboard still. with 4 slots for ram and 2 pci min