Hello, I'm a 22 year old college student, with minimal experience in building computer, but I have done it before. I'm looking to put together a rig for my uncle who is a painter slash day trader. He would ideally like to run up to 4 monitors, but I'd like to build him one that can take up to 6 monitors, encase he would like to expand. His budget for the computer is $700-$800 dollars, give or take. Ideally that price would include at least one more monitor. The case does not need to look pretty, and he doesn't need to buy all the monitors at once, he already has one. Put yourself in my shoes, what would you put together?
That helped, I think I'll go by that list. How easy is it to install two graphics cards. I'm not keen on how new motherboards work. From the looks of it on the marathon page, the picture of the motherboard has only has one blue slot, and that would be for a PCI Express 2.1 x16? Do the two slots blew also allow for the same video card type?
Its for a trading machine, which means he sits and watches the stocks all day, of course he can use four monitors. You need to understand how day trading works to know why he can use all four.
Anyway, I'm looking for more of an explanation on how the mother board slots work in junction with video cards. Does he need two blue slots, or can one get away with using a smaller slot, and do the smaller slots use the same type of cards?
He doesn't need a top of the line system, but being future proof is key, and prices should be ideal this time of year.
Thanks for your time G411. The motherboard you selected only supports one PCI Express, and it looks like he'll need at least two. The ram is a better selection, though!
It is always a good idea to read to Asrock Website to look at the full specifications and features, ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ( 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX and NVIDIA Quad SLI ).