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May 29, 2012 9:52:48 PM

Hello,

I've grown fond of lurking this forum from time to time for answers over the past year as I've been trying to figure out how to build my new computer.

Anyway, I'm thinking I want to do a 3 screen eyefinity setup that can run all these new games I haven't tried yet at ultra settings. I've been kinda cheap on my previous builds and would like a strong system for a change, but it's hard for me to not feel like I could cut a corner here or there and save bucks. So I was hoping maybe you guys could help me figure out where I can save money without giving up noticeable performance.

Also, I really don't know what it takes to run close to ultra/high settings on these new games with a big resolution. I've tried to educate myself but without actually getting hands on and having experience at it I feel dumb. Most things have said 2gb of Vram at least but I'm not sure if that will get me there. I'm also very tempted to run a dual gpu setup with this, or even tri gpu if it will get me where I need with the least amount of money. I see so many comparison charts that make me think a cheaper dual gpu can out do an expensive single gpu.

Here's where I'm at right now:

*Case* - $55
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
---Note--- I am not particular about how this case looks. I just want good airflow mainly. I have tools that can mod/cut things to my liking.

*CPU* - $220
Intel Core i5-2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I like the OC potential. I have no experience at OC yet and would like to try it some.

*CPU Fan* - $20
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

*MOBO* - $230
ASRock Z77 Professional LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
---Note--- I really don't know if I need all this. USB 3.0s and PCIe 3.0 both seem like a maybe for me. The PCIe3 mainly would be for future cards if they wouldn't get held back by the CPU/chipset of this board. But I'd really like to save money now too...

*Power Supply* - $50
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
---Note--- Not sure if 600 is enough honestly

*Memory* - 50
G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
---Note--- I'm really not sure about this one

*Monitor*
middle - $145
ASUS VH232H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
x2 sides - $140 +140
Acer G235HAbd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
---Note--- Monitor stuff really confuses me the more I read about it...

*GPU*
No idea to be honest. I favor non and I don't know if 3 480s will cover this machine or just 1 big one is what I should go with.

SSD - no idea :( 
HD - anything over 200gb

My prices listed all were labeled from the after-rebate price. I consider that in the overall picture for cheapness. Newegg is just the most convenient site for me if anyone has other suggestions please let me know. Also I'm in the United States.

I'm just going to get a bare bones mouse, keyboard, and headset unless someone is kind enough to recommend something must have to make the experience the best. Some of those gamer mice really look enticing too me so I might splurge there before it's all said and done.

I'd like the price to stay as low as possible, but I real limit on cash. I'm not going over 3,000 I can say that for sure. I'd really like to keep it close to 1,000.

Hope I didn't forget anything.

Thank you very much for the help guys! :) 
May 29, 2012 10:03:49 PM

I like your choice of components system wise for best bang for the buck. It's almost like you use the same methodology as me to determine that :) 

For SSD I would probably try and get a crucial M4 or a similarly reliable SSD as an OS drive. Keep watching slickdeals.net for deals on SSD's... I've seen quite a few recently...if you want a riskier drive there's a vertex 3 128 GB drive for like 83 bucks right now! I see they show some deals on LCD monitors as well you might be interested.

GPU you probably want to go 1x. Lower power consumption (which means lower power requirements), + less problems.

Just curious, why do you want to goto a 3 monitor setup exactly? Is it something you feel strongly about?
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May 29, 2012 10:17:52 PM

I've really wanted to have a system with 2 or 3 monitors for a while now so I can view charts and other windows more easily. I feel so limited when I'm trying to work on one screen.

I like the idea behind Eyefinity for the games I play. I often wish I could see a wider area. I don't care if it's 3 or 5 screen honestly. But a lot of the games I play support Eyefinity and everything I read and see about it makes me want it.

A lot of game benchmark test I've seen has shown how 2x 6970s are very comparable to some of these new expensive cards. Would you have more info on the 1x GPU thinking? That's one of my bigger problem areas since I haven't bothered seriously updating my system in quite a while.
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May 29, 2012 10:27:16 PM

For first time Overclockers I think buying the Intel Tuning Plan is a good idea. It's a one time replacement just in case you break your cpu for $20.

As far as graphics go. Many people have 7850 (or 7870) in crossfire or the 670 in SLI for really high graphics settings. This will definitely put you over the $1000. You'll certainly need to up that PSU to do this.

Do you already have an OS and DVD drive?



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May 29, 2012 10:28:43 PM

No I'm missing the OS and DVD drive but I was going to go basic OEM stuff on those I was thinking. I'll go with that Intel Plan, thanks for that.
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May 29, 2012 11:49:42 PM

yeah dual monitors for work I understand - you don't have a current system to use a monitor from? I see less appeal for 3 monitor gaming personally, but I'm more of a fps gamer. If you were big into flight sims I could see the appeal.

Note you need an exponentially more powerful vid card for 3 monitor gaming so you're probably looking at a 7970...if you use dual monitors for productivity and 1 for gaming you can get by with a much more reasonable price point card.
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May 30, 2012 4:53:42 AM

Currently, 7850 and 7870 are both good and support Eyefinity and can play all the latest games on max setting. Also currently at a good price of (~250)
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May 31, 2012 2:58:07 PM

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