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Cheapest Possible Eyefinity Gaming Rig Under $2000AU

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August 27, 2012 7:07:34 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Over the Next 6 Weeks, at most.

Budget Range: $2000 after shipping (Less is better)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes 3x1080p with stand to be included in the $2000 budget.

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Mother Board, RAM, Graphics Cards

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter as long as it's somewhere in Australia.

Location: Albany, Western Australia, Australia - Building it myself

Parts Preferences: Intel or AMD is fine, as long as there is no CPU bottleneck.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: Need to buy 3x1080p slim bezel IPS monitors (current resolution 1680x1050)

Additional Comments: Will be upgrading cpu and mobo every 2-3 years max and upgrading my cards every year. So need the minimum that with get me by for Eyefinity, I would like 2 options if possible, the cheapest build to support eyefinity with current games, and an Under 2000$ build.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Cause I want to play current games in Eyefinity.

Final Comment: Yes Monitors are included in the price.
August 27, 2012 7:23:00 AM

OK, I will just say it outright. Its impossible.

You want three 1080p ISP monitors with a stand. That alone can cost up to $1000
Heres 3 of the cheapest IPS monitors I could find. No slim bezel and fairly small.
LG IPS225P 21.5in. $185. x3 =$555
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

With the cheapest triple stand I could find.
Aavara TS743 Triple Monitor Stand. $230
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Total $785

That leaves $1200 for the actual rig. My rig cost ~$1700, even if you take out the unnecessary items like the fan controller, excessive case, extra fans and such, that is still ~$1350. My rig is fairly good for single screen gaming, but I wouldn't expect it to perform across three 1080p screens.

Quite simply, I think you need to lower your expectations. Triple monitor Eyefinity rig that can run all the latest games is a lot of cash, to include the monitors into the budget will easily send it over the edge.

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August 27, 2012 7:27:24 AM

I get the feeling you may not have read my post in full.

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Mother Board, RAM, Graphics Cards is all i need.
I may be wrong but for these part the 1200ish left over should be plenty.
Thank you for the help with the monitors and stand though, it looks pretty good.
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August 27, 2012 8:11:38 AM

Well now that I have made an arse of myself, here's what I would recommend for the required parts.

Monitors and stand above. $785

Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $150
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU: Intel i5-3570k. $235
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

RAM: G.SKills Ares 8GB (2x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $55
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

GPU: Gigabyte HD7970. $485
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. $36
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Cause everything is overclock ready, so might as well.

Total: $1746

If you can stretch the budget, getting another HD7970 would be a good upgrade.

Also this store is located in Melbourne, so getting them to WA will likely to be an expensive process. Use this to find the cheapest local stores in the state, basically a search engine for PC parts online.
http://www.staticice.com.au/advanced.html
Just select WA and type in the component.
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August 28, 2012 4:01:36 AM

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