5 monitor setup 2k or less

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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  1. I'm debating whether I should get 1x55inch 1080p tv with 1 extra 24" monitor or the setup I have listed above.
  2. ^3gb of VRAM won't be enough for this.

    Toxic is out of stock though.

    Might also need more than 16gb of RAM with all that stuff and load on at the same time, but you can just add RAM if ever.
  3. 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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    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.

    2) CS:GO / LoL / COD:BO / D3 / other games.
  5. why put in a extreme9 it is overpriced

    highest mobo i would go for would be either
    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

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

    CM storm stryker

    INwin dragon rider

    CM HAF 932

    CM storm trooper

    and i would also upgrade PSU into a 1100+W

    or if you want a very silent one

    (nothing wrong with either choice)
  6. ^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.
  7. to be honest the 6GB is over priced just getting 2x 7970 GHz is better than 1 6GB
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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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