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First Time Build Help (*<$1000)

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks, no greater.

Budget Range: Around $1000 (not including monitors/os) after rebates, somewhat flexible though if spending a bit more makes a substantial difference.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I'm starting to take trading (stock market) more serious, so I'd like to have at least 3 monitors. I'm also looking into affliate marketing so I need the ability to have many browser windows open with multiple tabs. I would like the ability to be able to play hd video from it, so I could watch it on my lcd tv (most comps should do this easily I'm sure.) I don't game at all really, so that's not very important.

Parts Not Required: 1 Monitors, Already own a copy of win 7.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Not partial, best price if it's a reliable website (I live by a micro center.)

Country: United States.

Parts Preferences: No allegiance to any particular brand or type, whatever works best for the money I suppose.

Overclocking: Maybe, I'm not sure it will be necessary if I'm not gaming, but if it's easy enough maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, It might be nice to have 4 monitors at some point in the future, but 3 should be ok for now. Is there any other good reason to go for this over eyefinity? It seems more expensive.

Monitor Resolution: Right now I only have one monitor I will be using and it's 1920x1080, others should be similar.

Additional Comments: Like I said this is my first build, and I'm not at all completley caught up on all the new technologies out there in the computer world. One of my main concerns is making sure I can sucessfully run 3 different monitors. I've lurked this forum a little bit, and I have a few parts I've looked into, and would love feedback on them. I'm open to any good suggestion on this build, thanks!

Processor - too overclock or not to overclock?
Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
Core i5 2400 LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

Motherboard - I'm not too familiar with what to look for, but it seems like people like this..should I be worried it has only one pci express 16 slot for future expansion?
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Videocard - Will this work for 3 monitors? Do I have to worry about different types of monitors(will be using modern lcd/leds) any other suggestions?
SAPPHIRE FleX 100314FLEX Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Storage/ssd - Was thinking about finding an old hdd until prices come down. This ssd seems to be well liked on this forum, but my friend mentioned that it doesn't use PCI express 16 which supposedly makes it faster?? Should I get a 128gb ssd?
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Memory - Saw this memory mentioned on here in passing, I think it works with the above chip-set, any other recommendation appreciated.
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R


Case/PS - A friend mentioned this in passing, but after reading around here for a bit it looks like case/ps combos are frowned upon..any help would be great.
Thermaltake V2 10-Bay ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case w/450W 20+4-pin PSU (Black)

Any suggestions on memory/case/power supply/drives/etc, would be great. I'm open to changing anything in this set-up that will help improve it, I definitely trust this forums expertise over mine! Thanks for reading this long post!
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  1. You should definitely get the i5 2500k and overclock.
  2. Best answer
    I did this and i explain why : mobo support future Crossfire , 8GB ram , 2500k, video card 6850 . i didn't used 6870 because if is not for gaming a cheaper video card like 6850 do the same think.
    MOBO : ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    CPU : I5 2500K
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589
    RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186
    HDD : HITACHI 500GB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299
    SSD : Crucial M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
    GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
    PSU : SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096
    DVD-RW : ASUS 24X DVD Burne
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
    CASE : COOLER MASTER Elite 430
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227
    TOTAL : 830$ without rebates.
  3. Thanks sosofm! That list looks much better!
    I went to micro-center the other day to purchase the 2500k and they had a deal going on, on motherboards. It turns out that they may be competitve to newegg with some stuff.
    They had some different parts though. How do these parts compare to the ones sosofm has listed, assuming they can compete on price?

    ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3

    OCZ ZS Series 650W 80PLUS Bronze

    Gigabyte HD6850

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB blue

    LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner
  4. If you want multiple monitors, get at least 2GB Ram on one card or in Xfired 1GB cards.

    ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) gives better OCing and Xfire support - ~$150 after rebate

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771

    You shouldn't need a Z68 board unless you want back up graphics through the cpu. If you do, ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 is a great choice ~$205

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

    Edit:

    Also, regarding the gpu, it should support 3 monitors (like my 6950 does) but you need an adapter cable like this one:

    Active DisplayPort to Single-Link DVI-D Adapter DP-SL DVI-D ADAPTER Display Port (male) to DVI-D (female) Interface (cannot vouch for this cable personally, but you get the idea of what you need)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814999032&Tpk=active%20dp%20to%20dvi
  5. Best answer selected by iomangled.
  6. Thanks vollman, I'll need to look into that adaptor! Not sure I'll need much more of a vid card though, I won't be gaming.
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