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October 10, 2012 1:05:54 AM

I am in the market for a new computer. My old one broke so I just sold it on craigslist and now I have been using my Acer Aspire 7551g laptop for weeks. It can't do what I want it to do without getting laggy and glitchy.

Without any more explanations here is what I am looking for.

Need by: Blackfriday

Budget Range: 2k or less

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1) Online poker. I usually like to play 20 tables at a time with holdemmanager2 running and 2-3 youtube videos while browsing the web. 2) CS:GO / LoL / COD:BO / D3 / other games. 3) Desktop recording, encoding, rendering.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but I have a seperate budget for the monitors. I will have a 42" TV as my main screen with 2 widescreens flipped vertically for the sides and 2 small 4:3 monitors on top tilting downwards.



Parts to Upgrade: EVERYTHING

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Parts Preferences: ATI/AMD video cards

Overclocking: Yes, in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: TV and 2 side monitors will have 1920x1080 while the top 2 have 1280x1024. 60hz for the tv and 75hz for top2 and left one and 120hz for the right one.

Additional Comments: I like to have a lot of programs running at once.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm having trouble doing what I want to do on my laptop.

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October 10, 2012 3:16:51 AM

I'm debating whether I should get 1x55inch 1080p tv with 1 extra 24" monitor or the setup I have listed above.
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October 10, 2012 3:00:35 PM

So, in a situation like this, is it better to go for a regular gaming gpu? Didn't the OP say he wouldn't be gaming? I was under the impression that there was a different line of GPU's for professional, non-gaming market.
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October 11, 2012 3:23:05 AM

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3gb is plenty for 1080 monitors. More than 16gb ram is pointless (really more than 8 isnt necessary), but he is going to do alot of multitaskin so i included it.

3gb is plenty for a 1080 monitor, yes. But we're talking about 5 monitors here.
16gb of RAM should be plenty, I just pointed out he can add more if ever it won't suffice.

nstiver said:
So, in a situation like this, is it better to go for a regular gaming gpu? Didn't the OP say he wouldn't be gaming? I was under the impression that there was a different line of GPU's for professional, non-gaming market.

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2) CS:GO / LoL / COD:BO / D3 / other games.
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October 11, 2012 3:54:17 AM

why put in a extreme9 it is overpriced

highest mobo i would go for would be either
Gigabyte
GA-Z77X-UD5H
or MSI Mpower(just because i use a lot of PCIe 1x slots)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($432.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($432.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1746.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

does not leave much room for upgrades since all 2 of the PCIe 16x slots will be taken. if you want to have the choice of getting 3 video cards up there, you will have to get a better mobo i suggest this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and i would get a full tower case instead of a mid tower(optional but recommended)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008O2HOI2/?tag=pcpapi-20
CM storm stryker

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59740&vpn=DRAGON-RIDER...
INwin dragon rider

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CM HAF 932

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CM storm trooper

and i would also upgrade PSU into a 1100+W
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p11050bef...

or if you want a very silent one
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pc-power--cooling-power-su...

(nothing wrong with either choice)
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October 11, 2012 4:01:47 AM

^The 3rd PCI-E 3.0 on the UP4 is x4, won't that bottleneck the 3rd card?

And again, won't it be more beneficial to invest on a single 6gb 7970 GHz since he's on 5 monitors? VRAM doesn't stack even if you add more cards. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong though.
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October 11, 2012 4:04:11 AM

to be honest the 6GB is over priced just getting 2x 7970 GHz is better than 1 6GB
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October 11, 2012 4:10:55 AM

Yes, but VRAM does not stack. Getting x2 7970 GHz 3gb won't yield a 6gb.
It would be great for a 3-monitor Eyefinity setup, but it might have troubles on 5.
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October 11, 2012 4:58:42 AM

either way even if vram do not stack 2x 7970 ghz will be enough, like i said the 6GB is just overpriced if you really want to get a 6GB get a 7990 devil
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October 11, 2012 6:47:28 AM

Hun, you're missing the point. I'm not denying the fact that x2 7970 GHz will be great performance-wise on graphics. I'm talking about the most likely bottleneck of the 3gb VRAM when tied with the 5-way monitor setup.

I'm also not denying that 6gb is overpriced. But it's probably that way since there's not a lot of them going around and probably only 3% of the population can properly make use of it.
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