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$2000 - $2400 new triple monitor system build advice

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January 23, 2012 7:27:49 PM

So i have around 2000-2400 to spend on a new PC build, and I am not fully sure what I want so i figured id ask the forums.

I need it to support 3x 25.5inch monitors, to have either a 120gig or 256gig SSD and be able to run Battlefield 3 on 3 monitors in ultra settings sustaining 60FPS fluidly. Also debating on whether I should wait on the new Nvidia cards in the coming months (been a bit of a Nvidia fan boy since 2003) or suck it up and get the new 7970 card from ATi.

Also debating on throwing in an extra 40 bucks on a Fly 5 to practice flying with a joystick for BF3 and other games (currently just use keyboard alone, no mouse, and can barely be touched in air). Any suggestions would be welcomed greatfully, thanks.
January 23, 2012 7:28:37 PM

forgot to mention, needs to be able to run games on ultra for the next 3 years, I usually upgrade every 3-4 years.
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January 23, 2012 9:51:31 PM

First you should fill this out and then we can better assist you: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

If you're going multiple monitors I'd heavily advise going with an Eyefinity rig. It will make things so much easier as opposed to what NVIDIA offers.

As far as storage goes I generally don't recommend expensive 256GB SSDs because of the high cost - you're looking at 1/5 of your budget just on the drive. You should put that into getting the best GPU you can get for the money.
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January 23, 2012 10:32:56 PM

Core i5 2500k
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Mobo
Corsair TX850M PSU
Corsair Vengence RAM
128GB Corsair Force GT
CM Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler
2 x MSI 6970 Lightning
Some random case
Some random 1 TB HDD
Some random dvd drive
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January 24, 2012 12:03:53 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~230
2x HD 7970 of your choice ~$1100

puts you at ~$1700 pick a 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD, cpu cooler such as CM 212 or Corsair A70, and a case, then you're set. Oh and a CD/DVD/Bluray drive if you need one. This should put you at your ~$2000 mark and leave room to spend the extra 400 on what you see fit.
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January 24, 2012 1:47:15 AM

I might save 100ish on a power supply, the Coolermaster 1100w Power supply I bought 2 years ago started smoking roughly 5 months ago and I replaced it with a 700w one, but apparently Coolermaster has a 3-5 year warranty So i may attempt to claim that.
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January 24, 2012 1:51:08 AM

apparently I was wrong, its PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this one has a 5-7 year warrenty i guess, was wondering if its still good to use with a new system if I return it to newegg/PC power for a new one?
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January 24, 2012 2:34:23 AM

peruviansonata said:
apparently I was wrong, its PC Power and Cooling Silencer 910W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this one has a 5-7 year warrenty i guess, was wondering if its still good to use with a new system if I return it to newegg/PC power for a new one?


Yes but that's a server-grade PSU. It's not meant for a gaming system. This is probably what you're looking for: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 24, 2012 3:06:24 AM

what monitors do you have or are looking to get?

btw 3 6950's are about 300$ cheaper, are as powerful or more powerful than 2 7970's and there is almost no microstuttering.
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January 24, 2012 3:54:32 AM

I have 3x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... has been pretty good to me the last two years, it was discontinued so I just got the third refurbished and seems fine, has been rated a pretty good 16:10 monitor and I love the extra space when doing work. its no 120Hz , but with 2ms response time, it gets the job done.
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January 24, 2012 10:38:01 PM

so why is ATi prefered over Nvidia when running a multiple monitor setup?
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January 24, 2012 10:55:48 PM

those are good monitors. being 16:10 the 3gb's of VRAM for in the 7970 will probably be better than the 2gb's in the tri 6950's. Also at that resolution you are going to want to run those 2 7970's at x16/x16. you should also wait for aftermarket coolers to be put on the 7970's out of the factory because in tomshardware's review it is supposed to be LOUD.

Asrock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 215$

i5 2500k- http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I5-2500KBX 221$

Gskill Sniper 8gb 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 44$

PC Power and Cooling MKII 950w- http://www.amazon.com/PC-Power-Cooling-Performance-comp... 146$

Corsair Force GT 120gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 180$

Seagate 500gb HDD- http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200-12-Interna... 61$ you should get more when hdd prices fall to normal levels

Asus 24x DVD Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 19$

Antec Eleven Hundred- http://www.amazon.com/ELEVEN-HUNDRED-Advanced-Gaming-Au... 122$

Cooler Master 120mm Fan- http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-120mm-Case-R4-C2R-2... x2=18$ (for the front intake. I would put them behind the hard drives so it is blowing directly on to the components)

Scythe Mugen 3- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 50$

AMD HD 7970 3gb- x2~1100$

Total=2176$









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January 24, 2012 10:57:00 PM

peruviansonata said:
so why is ATi prefered over Nvidia when running a multiple monitor setup?

eyefinity has been around longer than nvidia surround so in theory it should have better drivers (i think it does)
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January 25, 2012 5:44:52 AM

so my Question now is Which ATi 7970 card brand would be the best? Saw something about Gigabyte and some gimmick triangle cooling, but not sure exactly if it makes a difference, which ones are clocking alittle more(not that I cant change later on) and which has the best background for good service/quality, never bought ATi before so curious.

Also Is the 2500k/2600k able to/worth it to Quad channel at all?

Also, that Antec Eleven Hundred case ive seen some mediocre reviews on, was wondering what people thought of the Cooler Master HAF X full Tower? http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-SuperSpeed-Interior...

Also, I do multi Task a bunch with gaming as well as Excel/word with spreadsheets and stuff, and was wondering is it worth it to get the 2500k, go for the 2600k or wait for the Ivy bridge series to be released?
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January 25, 2012 6:50:30 AM

Definitely an MSI Twin Frozr series card when they come out with one. They literally have the best cooling systems. You won't be dissapointed.
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January 25, 2012 8:48:58 AM

Also, with the setup mjmjpfaff posted, has anyone had a rig like that and tested to see if there is any microstuttering at all when running 3x monitors using eyefinitiy?
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January 25, 2012 6:57:01 PM

what is the ETA on Ivy Bridge btw?
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January 25, 2012 11:43:18 PM

peruviansonata said:
Also, with the setup mjmjpfaff posted, has anyone had a rig like that and tested to see if there is any microstuttering at all when running 3x monitors using eyefinitiy?

Microstuttering has reduced a lot from the last series of amd gpu's. even at high resolutions there is no evidence of microstuttering. (cant find that article right now)

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so my Question now is Which ATi 7970 card brand would be the best? Saw something about Gigabyte and some gimmick triangle cooling, but not sure exactly if it makes a difference, which ones are clocking alittle more(not that I cant change later on) and which has the best background for good service/quality, never bought ATi before so curious.

Also Is the 2500k/2600k able to/worth it to Quad channel at all?

Also, that Antec Eleven Hundred case ive seen some mediocre reviews on, was wondering what people thought of the Cooler Master HAF X full Tower? http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Maste [...] f_dp_shvl6

Also, I do multi Task a bunch with gaming as well as Excel/word with spreadsheets and stuff, and was wondering is it worth it to get the 2500k, go for the 2600k or wait for the Ivy bridge series to be released?


-if msi comes out with a twin frozr II card at a good price i would get it. sapphire also uses a good aftermarket gpu cooler.

-well the i5 2500k is still fine for what you are doing. you can spring for 16gb's of ram though. the sets are very cheap.

-the Haf X does not have a psu fan filter. I would not get it because of that. here is some positive reviews- http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/antec_1100/6.ht... http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r... http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Antec/Eleven_Hundred... http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1783/6/

I'd say reviewers like the eleven hundred

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January 25, 2012 11:57:53 PM

You didn't fully link the case in your last post correctly.
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January 26, 2012 12:07:53 AM

its a quote from above. if you want to look at the case just scroll up.
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January 26, 2012 12:09:30 AM

peruviansonata said:
what is the ETA on Ivy Bridge btw?

Ivy bridge should come out in mid April
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January 26, 2012 2:03:57 AM

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January 26, 2012 2:04:40 AM

mjmjpfaff, Appreciate yours and everyone elses help here on Tomshardware, looks like im ready to buy, appreciate it all! :D 
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January 26, 2012 11:43:19 AM

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