I've built several computers before, just gaming computers nothing serious. I've been asked by my Network Operations manager to build a computer for our NOC that will support 8 monitors. I'm a little lost on this setup, and was wondering if this community had some input on where to begin.
What we need:
-This computer will be running at all times
-support 8 monitors (32"-42"resolution not important)
- 3D acceleration not necessary, but if possible we'd like to have it
- Processor - something along the lines of an i5 2.6ghz should do
- Cooling - I'd like to water cool considering the usage, but with the GPUs we'll need I doubt it'll be in the budget. With a decent fan setup/case we should be fine
- PSU - Obviously depends on where we stand with the GPUs, but I'm planning for a 1300W. I'd like to go brand name with the PSU.
- GPUs - here is where I'm lost. Most i've ever set up is 3 monitors in an SLI setup. I'm not sure how to go about getting 8 monitors operating off the same setup. Quad SLI with 4 mid-range gpus? SLI with 2 monitors no doing 3D acceleration?
-MOBO - dependent on GPU setup
Budget wise we're shooting for around $2k, this is negotiable.
If you guys could give me some help i'd appreciate it.
Correct me if I'm wrong, as it's been a long time since I've done more than 2 monitors on a system, but you really don't want to SLI the cards, because then each card is maintaining a full frame buffer, if you simply have 3 cards (for example) and attach monitors to each as a discrete card, it should be as simple as that, if it's not gaming they don't need a huge amount of horse power even as long as they support enough monitors per card.
Like I said though, it's been a long time since I've had more than 2 monitors (like back when you had PCI and AGP slots I did 6 using multiple PCI GPUs), so please wait for someone else to confirm this before pulling the trigger