$1600 6 monitor pc

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: ebuyer.com

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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  1. Hello retroguy1987;

    Does your budget include the cost of six monitors?
  2. Hey

    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
  3. Parts Not Required: monitors, keyboard, mouse
    Right - just saw that note. It's a generous amount for just the tower components.
  4. 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
  5. WR2 said:


    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
  6. If you're considering 'lag', that's a function of your ISP.
  7. 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
  8. 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?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102938 <- that card for example advertises it can run three screens
  9. 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?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102938 <- 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.
  10. 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
  11. I think it's more than slightly cheaper.

    The 2600K if a lot stronger IF your software can utilize HT.
  12. 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
  13. Yes, HyperThreading. It's way for the CPU to achieve a higher resource utilization level in heavily threaded applications: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HyperThreading
  14. 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?
  15. Do you want to overclock?
  16. 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.
  17. 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 ebuyer.com - just so im sure i have the right thing.
  18. 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
  19. It's overkill given what you've told us but here's my standard recommendation for 1155 builds: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 Unfortunately I couldn't find it on ebuyer. Here's the CPU anyway: http://www.ebuyer.com/251597-core-i5-2500-3-3ghz-socket-1155-6mb-cache-retail-boxed-processor-bx80623i52500

    EDIT: here's the K version if you want the option to overclock in the future http://www.ebuyer.com/251596-intel-core-i5-2500k-3-3ghz-socket-1155-6mb-cache-retail-boxed-processor-bx80623i52500k
  20. FinneousPJ said:
    It's overkill given what you've told us but here's my standard recommendation for 1155 builds: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 Unfortunately I couldn't find it on ebuyer. Here's the CPU anyway: http://www.ebuyer.com/251597-core-i5-2500-3-3ghz-socket-1155-6mb-cache-retail-boxed-processor-bx80623i52500

    EDIT: here's the K version if you want the option to overclock in the future http://www.ebuyer.com/251596-intel-core-i5-2500k-3-3ghz-socket-1155-6mb-cache-retail-boxed-processor-bx80623i52500k



    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.
  21. Yeah, that's reasonable if you have a budget of 1000 GBP. With Intel these days only a few select CPUs are overclockable.
  22. That motherboard doesn't support overclocking :P
  23. 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
  24. This one is a great part for a great price. Unfortunately as I mentioned before ebuyer doesn't stock it apparently.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Z68-Extreme3-Motherboard-PCI-Express-ASRock/dp/B005FGQLQQ
  25. FinneousPJ said:
    This one is a great part for a great price. Unfortunately as I mentioned before ebuyer doesn't stock it apparently.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Z68-Extreme3-Motherboard-PCI-Express-ASRock/dp/B005FGQLQQ


    thats good, in england and overclocks.

    add that to the plans
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