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January 24, 2012 9:33:57 PM
January 24, 2012 9:55:05 PM

7 ms is kinda slow response time...But nice panel.
I think you're really gonna like the Mushkin ram and SSD. But I would spring for the Chronos Deluxe. It has synchronous Nand which is better long term and also faster at handling incompressible data.
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January 24, 2012 10:02:50 PM

you know 7 ms is only 2/1000 of a sec slower than 5ms.
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January 24, 2012 10:17:41 PM

The third card doesn't add much power in CFX/SLI. So it's kinda useless.
2500K is the same as 2600K in gaming, no much difference.
Why IPS for gaming ? and why 30" ? you seem to have a lot of money and don't know where to spend :D 
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January 24, 2012 10:18:43 PM

nagol567 said:
you know 7 ms is only 2/1000 of a sec slower than 5ms.

Ghosting is still noticeable though.
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January 25, 2012 3:18:34 AM

ilysaml said:
The third card doesn't add much power in CFX/SLI. So it's kinda useless.
2500K is the same as 2600K in gaming, no much difference.
Why IPS for gaming ? and why 30" ? you seem to have a lot of money and don't know where to spend :D 

wrong with 3 30" monitors the 3rd gpu will make a big difference because it is such a high resolution.

IPS monitors give the clearest picture along with the best colors.

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January 25, 2012 3:41:06 AM

Do I dare post my fantasy build? :lol: 

Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II - $349.99
PSU: Silverstone Strider ST1500 1500W - $369.99
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme - $469.99
CPU: 3.2GHz Intel Core i7-3930K - $1,069.99
Cooler: Corsair H100 - $119.99
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw X 64GB (8 x 8GB) PC12800 1600MHz 1.7V Quad Channel For X79 - $599.99
SSD: 2 x Crucial M4 512GB = $699.99 (1399.99 total)
HD: 3 x Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB 7200RPM - $399.97 each ($1,179.98 total)
Optical: Plextor B950 - $159.99
Video Card: 3 x Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB - $559.97 each ($1,671.91 total)
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate - $289.99
Keyboard: Corsair Vengenace K90 Illuminated Mechanical Keyboard - $129.99
Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M90 - $79.99
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence - $209.99
Speakers: Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 - $249.99
Monitor: 3 x NEC PA-301 30" Widescreen Monitors - $2,479.99 each ($7,842 total)

Grand Total: $16,172.99

This will take BF and any game you can throw at it to any infinite number of maxed out graphics settings you can think of. And three 30" monitors in portrait mode = *drool*.
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January 25, 2012 3:41:47 AM

HP ZR30w 30" monitor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x3=3540$ little cheaper and thinner bezels

Asus Rampage IV X79- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 390$ the X79 platform is definitely the way to go. you need as many pcie lanes as you can get with 3 7970's

i7 3820- 285$ the cheapest X79 cpu will come out in early february. It can be overclocked way over 4.5ghz even though it is not a "k" cpu.

Seasonic X1250 1250w PSu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 270$ you are going to want this much power for an X79 rig with 3 7970's

PowerColor 7970 3gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x3=1650$

Gskill Ripjaws Z series (4x2gb) 1600mhz- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 57$

Seagate 1tb hdd & DVD Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 135$

Corsair Force 3 120gb- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 180$

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

Now the case is a little tricky with that huge motherboard. Im going to do a little fact checking and I will get back to you
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January 25, 2012 4:02:40 AM

You're not going to get max settings at any eyefinity resolution. BF3 eats up VRAM. 3GB is not enough to push multi-monitors with AA enabled. At 7680x1600 I'd be very surprised if you could run ultra period.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovm7XBtaQAM

He's running 2x7970 @ 3240x1920 120hz 120hz 60hz. No AA, and reduced settings. Wouldn't matter if he had 4x 7970.

Oh, btw, your motherboard doesn't support 3x gpus. You'd need a NF200 board like the Extreme7. 1155 isn't the platform for this type of endeavor regardless, as was pointed to previously 2011 Z79 is the way to go.

I'd also go with a 5x1P 1920x1200 (6000x1920) setup well before I went for a 3x1 30".

5x1 is the best of both worlds. You get the extended FoV of a landscape setup, while avoiding the fish-eye effect of the stupid 5:1 type aspect ratios associated with landscape.
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January 25, 2012 4:11:43 AM

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Now the case is a little tricky with that huge motherboard. Im going to do a little fact checking and I will get back to you


Cosmos II Cosmos II Cosmos II Cosmos II Cosmos II Cosmos II



Not to get off topic but I love this case and would buy it in half a second if I had the money. :lol: 
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January 25, 2012 4:15:09 AM

a4mula said:
You're not going to get max settings at any eyefinity resolution.


I would say any "high" eyefinity resolution since some people have 3 lower res screens. But I agree with the rest of the post. Particularly in BF3 with any super-res textures 3gb won't be enough with that resolution to max it out.
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January 25, 2012 4:19:06 AM

larkspur said:
I would say any "high" eyefinity resolution since some people have 3 lower res screens. But I agree with the rest of the post. Particularly in BF3 with any super-res textures 3gb won't be enough with that resolution to max it out.


If you have 3 monitors and a dedicated GPU for each monitor would you not be able to reach max settings with Eyefinity or would you have to go with something like a 580 Ultra?
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January 25, 2012 4:20:44 AM

It wouldn't matter what you went with. VRAM is not cumulative across cards. There isn't a gpu setup in the world today that can run BF3 at max at the type of resolutions being talked about here.
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January 25, 2012 11:19:39 AM

mjmjpfaff said:
wrong with 3 30" monitors the 3rd gpu will make a big difference because it is such a high resolution.

IPS monitors give the clearest picture along with the best colors.

Check your facts before calling me wrong, Scaling of 2 cards in SLI or CF can reach 100%, when a third or a fourth card is installed the scaling won't exceed 30%. Here's a review for Quadfire HD 7970, see the results in Eyefinity mode between 2 x 7970 and 4 x 7970.
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/gpu_displays/hd7970_...
No need for IPS monitors if the OP is going to be mainly gaming, IPS monitors are great for Profesional Users, Photographers, Animators, and Video Productions.
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January 25, 2012 12:13:53 PM

Very nice build, few things id change but mainly I came on here to give my view on IPS monitors and also the graphics debate.

1) 2x 7970 will easily be enough for BF3 max settings on 3x30", speaking from personal experience running 5760x1080 (27"x3) I run the game at close to max settings with a single 6950 2gb direct CUii (unlocked to 6970), I do however run at 25-30 fps but it is very playable.

3 7970's would be a waste of money to be perfectly honest as Ilysaml said your looking ~ a max of 30% increase and thats if it ever utilises that power.

if you were looking to run like 6 monitors I could understand a little more but 3 monitors isnt a huge niche and doesnt require as much power as people think.

2) with the choice of monitors, IPS are a complete waste of money for gamers....yes they boast great colours and amazing detail in those colours but guess what......games dont. I personally went for simple LED backlit Asus VE276q monitors and I have 0 complaints about them, ive seen the IPS and LED monitors and I really can only imagine full LED being better for gaming, but finding one which has a brand which I like and has a Displayport on it for eyefinity on a single card is near impossible without breaking the bank.

Summary, 2x 7970's and look for a monitor with 5 or below MS and your laughing at most games in the future
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January 26, 2012 12:00:19 AM

a4mula said:
You're not going to get max settings at any eyefinity resolution. BF3 eats up VRAM. 3GB is not enough to push multi-monitors with AA enabled. At 7680x1600 I'd be very surprised if you could run ultra period.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovm7XBtaQAM

He's running 2x7970 @ 3240x1920 120hz 120hz 60hz. No AA, and reduced settings. Wouldn't matter if he had 4x 7970.

Oh, btw, your motherboard doesn't support 3x gpus. You'd need a NF200 board like the Extreme7. 1155 isn't the platform for this type of endeavor regardless, as was pointed to previously 2011 Z79 is the way to go.

I'd also go with a 5x1P 1920x1200 (6000x1920) setup well before I went for a 3x1 30".

5x1 is the best of both worlds. You get the extended FoV of a landscape setup, while avoiding the fish-eye effect of the stupid 5:1 type aspect ratios associated with landscape.

you have a point A4mula. 3gb's of vram is not enough

OP- you should get 3 of these and call it a day. or like a4mula said get 5 of them. they are still cheaper than 3 30" monitors- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - this monitor has wide viewing angles so it will look great for eyefinity. or you can go for the regular LCD monitor for a bit less $ with worse viewing angles and colors- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

@ ilysaml- they probably wont scale well because there is no crossfire driver out yet- http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/01/17/amd_crossfire...
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January 26, 2012 4:09:59 AM

@mjmjpfaff
You don't even understand the article, there's nothing called a CF driver. The article just stating that the scaling could be better if drivers were optimized and improved.

Even the CAP has nothing to do with the scaling, And again the 3rd or 4th card in CFX/SLI doesn't add much power, only countable FPS whether you put 3 HD 5750s or 3 HD 7970s. Go and check some reviews on triple GTX 580s & HD 6970s or whatever.
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January 26, 2012 5:01:36 AM

All these super expensive builds would be kicked in a arse a year later by a build that cost 2k less.
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January 26, 2012 4:08:03 PM

nakatabrother said:
All these super expensive builds would be kicked in a arse a year later by a build that cost 2k less.


Yes, sad but true. :lol: 

On the plus side most of these builds can be easily upgraded and if you have $8K+ to throw on a build you're probably not that concerned about the cost of upgrading, either. :lol: 
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