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2 120Hz monitors?

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December 18, 2011 3:44:27 PM

I am in the process of planning a new system, I just started to work from home (as well as a normal job), and my old computer also need upgrading, so I figured I could just buy a new system.

I will also use it for gaming, preferably without any troubles for a while on ultra on all games.

I am planning on getting 2 new monitors so they are the same - I don't want 2 different monitors.
Initially I planned on getting 2x Dell UltraSharp U2410 mainly because they have excellent quality and they are pre calibratet and I am not a monitor expert. But then I came across Acer's GD235HZbid 3D monitor, it was cheaper and it seemed to be better for gaming with the lower response time (and 3D is a plus :-) ), and as I am mostly doing web development using design from other designers and not doing the design myself, I guess it is not so important to have the kind of monitor that Dell offers.

My concern is having 2x 120Hz monitors will require much from my computer, so the question is if I will notice anything bad with this. Here is what I have this far:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9
Optical: LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA 12X Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback & M-DISC Support WH12LS39 LightScribe Support - OEM
Storage 1: Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Storage 2: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
GPU: 2x (SLI) ASUS MATRIX GTX580 P/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
CPU Cooler: CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Also I would like to know if anyone has experience using this case, where would it be best to fit the CPU watercooling radiator, also the GPU holding system, will it work nicely with these 2 GPU's? (Side note: it seems the GPU holding system is not on the newegg version, for reference to that look here it will be in danish, but on the bottom there is a youtube video).

If I won't be using the 3D features of the 120Hz monitors, is it still worth it? Of course it's nice to have the option, but it should give better visuals I guess. I remember many years ago I could notice it pretty well going from a low Hz to 60Hz.

Feel free to give suggestions to my build if there is anything I could do different.

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December 19, 2011 5:27:09 AM

After reading about SLI causing spikes in frame rates that will be very noticeable, I am a little scared of doing a SLI setup. How would my setup work out if I went with only one GPU such as:

EVGA 03G-P3-1588-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Classified 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Also I am considering going with fan based CPU cooling, considering this:

Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (six-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564

Will it be (more than) enough? I know many people have reccomended the Noctua coolers, but to me they seem so big and bulky? It might only be the images though.
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