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December 27, 2011 5:01:01 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 weeks
Budget Range: $800-900 Australian dollars

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Coding,gaming,folding@home,image editing

Parts Not Required:
Hard drive, monitor,keyboard,mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
I'm getting most of my stuff locally except maybe the RAM
amazon.com

Country: Australia
Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire:
No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 (I want to buy 2 additional monitors when i can afford it.)

Additional Comments:
Don't really care about noise unless it's too outrageous, Must be Linux compatible

Parts already Chosen:

i5 2500k
http://ark.intel.com/products/52210/Intel-Core-i5-2500K...

Corsair Venegance 8gb Kit
http://www.corsair.com/memory-by-product-family/vengean...

Samsung DVD Burner SH22AB
http://www.shopbot.com.au/pp-samsung-sh-222ab-price-313...


Hello,
hoping for some advice on my first build.
I'm building myself a computer for programming and gaming.
I'm not going going be running any of the newest DX11 games, and not at very high resolutions.
However I need a card that can cope with three monitors.
It also needs to be Linux (Ubuntu) compatible, does this mean I need Nvidia cards as they are better supported on Linux?
I've looked at chipsets and deemed the Z68 to be the most appropriate as i can OC and use the integrated graphics before I buy a GPU
With the motherboard, i need to decide between:
  • ASRock Z68 Exteme3
  • ASUS P8Z68-V LE
  • ASUS P8Z68-V LX
    With the case, i can't decide between
  • Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced and other PSU
    http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6679
  • Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (with 500w PSU)
    http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6737
  • Corsair 500R
    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/...

    If there are any obvious options I've missed, please suggest them
    Thanks,
    -tim
  • More about : build motherboard case gpu advice

    December 28, 2011 2:34:59 AM

    For the board, the ASRock would be my choice of those three. You have verified that it will work fully with your Linux distro?

    You seem to be kind of blowing off the PSU choices. Don't do that. You are asking for trouble.

    Here's a decent PSU
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

    Your case choices are varied. At the apparent price of the Corsair case you can get a Silverstone Raven
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
    December 28, 2011 2:54:03 AM

    Quote:
    I'm not going going be running any of the newest DX11 games, and not at very high resolutions.
    However I need a card that can cope with three monitors.


    You want to go Eyefinity then if you plan on running multiple monitors. Try the Sapphire Flex series as they'll allow you to run multiple monitors in HDMI at the full 1080p resolution instead of DVI.

    Quote:
    It also needs to be Linux (Ubuntu) compatible, does this mean I need Nvidia cards as they are better supported on Linux?


    Both Radeon and GTX should be supported on Linux but that all depends on the individual card manufacturers and whether or not they provide Linux drivers.

    Quote:
    I've looked at chipsets and deemed the Z68 to be the most appropriate as i can OC and use the integrated graphics before I buy a GPU


    If you're going to run multiple monitors - the onboard GPU will only be able to run one monitor at a time and will run off of either VGA or DVI, most motherboards don't support HDMI yet.

    Quote:
    You seem to be kind of blowing off the PSU choices. Don't do that. You are asking for trouble.


    Totally agree here. If you get the wrong PSU - it could mean bad things later on. This would be the best PSU for the money:

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

    Quote:
    Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 (I want to buy 2 additional monitors when i can afford it.)


    Don't think you can find monitors with that resolution natively anymore unless you're already using one. If you buy a new one it should be HDMI - 1080p or nothing.

    Quote:
    With the motherboard, i need to decide between:

    ASRock Z68 Exteme3
    ASUS P8Z68-V LE
    ASUS P8Z68-V LX


    Of those choices go with the Asus LX. If you want to look at any other - try Gigabyte.

    Quote:
    With the case, i can't decide between

    Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced and other PSU

    http://www.coolermaster.com/produc [...] ct_id=6679

    Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (with 500w PSU)

    http://www.coolermaster.com/produc [...] ct_id=6737

    Corsair 500R

    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/ca [...] -case.html


    Go with the Carbide 500R if you can afford it, if not then go with the HAF 912. Both are excellent choices. But do *NOT* get one with a built in PSU - that could mean bad things initially and down the road.
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    December 28, 2011 3:00:11 AM

    Thanks.
    I'll get the HAF 912 normal, i've decided
    I'm looking about for info on Linux and the ASrock, but i hope so.
    December 28, 2011 3:31:32 AM


    Thanks for the advice.
    I'll post a final list of parts later on
    December 28, 2011 3:43:07 AM

    If you hadn't selected poll as the post type you could have given G-unit a best answer :) 

    I'll just dig up an old thread and award it to him so that he gets rewarded :) 
    December 28, 2011 3:48:25 AM

    I can't find any evidence of Linux drivers on the Sapphire site or the greater interwebz. Any other suggestions.
    (I wouldn't be gaming with three monitors, just coding and surfing.)
    December 28, 2011 4:27:35 AM

    I don't really think I need a specialist GPU.
    I can plug my existing VGA monitor into the motherboard and then plug 2 more displays into a normal Nvidia GPU.
    December 28, 2011 4:28:06 AM

    So far:

    i5 2500k
    HAF 912
    Corsair Venegance 8gb Kit blue
    Corsair CX600 PSU
    Asus P8Z68 LX mobo
    Samsung SH-222AB DVD drive

    I'm assuming nothing can go wrong with the disk drive on Linux as it is SATA?
    December 28, 2011 9:43:59 AM

    Thanks for all your help.
    Is it possible to get a graphics card with 3 of the same port?
    December 28, 2011 7:19:35 PM

    Thankyou for all your help.
    -tim
    January 4, 2012 12:44:47 AM

    *bump*
    Thankyou for all your help, it works great.
    Prime95 @ 57C :) 
    -tim
    !