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January 5, 2012 2:01:43 AM

Building a new PC....Round 2....FIGHT!

I am absolutely disgusted with my Eyefinity set up not working. Also, my sister's laptop just took a nose dive and rather than spend a comparable amount of money on a new laptop that she uses as a desktop, she's offered to buy mine. I looked up its value and it's held its value extremely well and I can get quite a bit for it still despite it being over years old.

This is what I have currently:

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Antec 761345-75024-0 120mm Blue LED Case Fan

Antec 761345-75024-0 120mm Blue LED Case Fan

Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme 1366 RT CPU Cooler

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound

ASUS EAH5870/G/2DIS/1GD5/A Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
(hard drives are in RAID 0)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit - OEM

LG 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 2MB Cache Blu-ray Burner Model BH08LS20 - Retail

Logitech G19 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard

steelseries QcK Mass Mouse Pad

RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor

Western Digital My Book Essential WDH1U10000N 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

Western Digital My Book Essential WDH1U10000N 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

LG W2753V-PF Black 27" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 50000:1 w/ Smart Package

LG W2753V-PF Black 27" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 50000:1 w/ Smart Package

LG W2753V-PF Black 27" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 50000:1 w/ Smart Package

Dell BizLink DisplayPort to DVI-D Dual Link Adapter , ACTIVE , Powered by USB Port

Workstation 72" x 72" x 30"Deep

Valerian Plush Fabric Chair, Black


I'll be keeping the keyboard, mouse, external hard drives, the monitors, and desk and chair.

I bought the parts and built this in October 2009. Without looking at receipts, I spent right around $2,000 for the PC itself. I know for sure that I spent just over $5,000 on the whole setup. PC, monitors, cables, desk, chair, external hard drives, peripherals, etc. etc. etc.

Obviously if I built a new PC, I wouldn't want to downgrade in any way. On a new build I'd like to make a couple changes that I know of off hand. I'd like to try out a solid state hard drive(s) for one.

Based on this information, can ya'll spec. me out a new gaming rig for about $2,000? I use the computer primarily for word processing and finance tracking and Internet surfing. But every so often I like to enjoy some first person shooter games. Hence the horsepower. :D  I don't want to be lacking, to a degree, in my games!! Hehehe


Thanks for listenin'!

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January 6, 2012 2:50:56 AM

Long story short, Eyefinity worked, but not very well. The third DisplayPort monitor constantly crashed (flickered, shut off, etc.) until it finally ended up only working for a few seconds after a boot, reboot, or awaking from sleep mode before shutting off and being a hopeless black screen. For nearly a year now I've just had my third monitor turned off. I don't even bother. I've tried swapping monitors, cables, cords, etc. etc. and I get the same results every time. The computer still works great for single or double monitors, though. It does suck, though, playing games in Eyefinity for a few months and then not being able to anymore. I got used to it real quick! It was also great for having multiple programs open at once. A third screen really makes a HUGE difference! I miss it...

I know I don't NEED a new system, but my sister needs a new computer and I can get a lot out of it, money-wise, to put towards a new one. Why not upgrade while I can? Plus it'd be fun to build a new one! :na: 

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