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May 1, 2012 8:15:25 PM

Im in the process of getting a new build together. I would like to run two monitors, and then an hdmi to my TV for watching movies. Im not trying to do the multi monitor gaming, not really interested in that. i really just want to game on one monitor then have an extra desktop. Can/how can this be achieved.

Current build idea



Mother board $130

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
1. Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case
??

Hdd
??

Ram
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) ddr31600 46.99



PSU

CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W $125

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-139-...

Video card (probably SLI later)

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB $225

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 1, 2012 8:25:18 PM

Hey,

The gtx560 ti and the fermi cards support for up to 2 displays at the same time, unless you either SLI the card, or you could get an AMD card instead they have eyefinity which will allow you to have up more than two displays, or you could get a gtx600's card, the gtx670 is rumored to come out next month. There are options like getting another cheap card to be able to have 3 displays but it is simpler to chose one of the options above.

As for the CPU the i5-2500k overclocks very nicely, and it is pretty good, the Ivy bridge processors show some slight improvements, however the main improvement is in integrated graphics, which I assume you will not be using as you are buying a dedicated GPU, so you don't really need that. Do you plan on overclocking it?
Have you considered an aftermarket CPU cooler, or will you be using the stock one?

As for the other components what is your budget for the build?

Hope this helps!
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May 1, 2012 8:36:56 PM

hmm that is disappointing. i have an ati card currently but i wanted to switch to nvidia. the tv isnt going to be used often, i guess i could swap cables when i needed to but i was hoping to avoid that.

I dont really plan on overclocking, dont really have a need for my day to day functions on a pc. I was looking at the ivy bridge but i dont see any big draw to getting it. Im hoping its release will drive the i5-2500k's price down. but that might not happen as much as id like seeing as how its still a big seller.

seeing as how i dont really plan on overclocking for now ill probably use the stock CPU cooler. but im not going to say ill never overclock. i just wont right now

i dont really have a budget, im just trying to make a build that will last 2/3 years and be upgradable. so the other components i just want quality. not necessarily top of the line, just quality that should last.

I was looking at this case, ive heard good things but its hard to find these days.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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