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HELP!! Multi-Monitor System for Trading, Video Editing & gaming

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November 11, 2012 4:00:38 AM

OK boys and girls, I have spent many hours pouring through these forums yet still filled with some aprehension on pulling the trigger on cpu, motherboard and graphics cards. I'm not going to say money is no object but I'm not really that concerned about cost that much as this system will make me money and is deductible. I spend most of my day trading on a 3 monitor system but would like to upgrade to 4 so that I can have the fourth dedicated to satellite TV. So with that said, let me share with you some of what I think may be my choices:

CPU: 3570K, 3770k or the SB-e series

MOBO: GigabyteGA-Z77X-UP7, Gigabyte Z77 GA-Z77X-UD5H, ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Pro, ASRock Z77 Extreme11, ASUS P8Z77-V Premium, ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE, ASUS P8Z77-V Pro, ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77, ASUS Maximus V ROG

RAM: ??? Corsair, G. Skill ??? I'm going for 32 GB. I know that sounds crazy but I do a Lot of multi-tasking and the 8 gb I currently use is not cutting it.

GPU: ??? 2X GeForce GTX 670???

I have the following already purchased:

CM Storm Trooper

Corsair AX1200i

Corsair H100i

OCZ Vertex 4 256 for OS Windows 7 64

I thank you in advance for your suggestions and time.
November 11, 2012 9:11:04 PM

Bumping again. Come on guys, some feedback please
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November 11, 2012 9:40:50 PM

Given you do trading I assume you never turn off the computer and have your trading apps running 24/7 as well as a few other apps for control of your trading. If this is the case I would opt for a workstation rather than a desktop.

Why?

Because the parts in workstations are made for lasting long in an always on scenario. They are more expensive but a very good investment I think. Keep in mind this is for a 24/7 system.

Then you would also not need a SSD for your main OS. Even if a SSD is much faster a decent hard drive will cut it as well and will last much longer.

Looking at CPUs for workstations I suggest you have a quick look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workstation Basically it says that for cases where you need absolute reliability and power for your 24/7 system you would opt for a workstation. But have a read yourself it is worth it.

So for CPU the Intel Xeon should do: http://ark.intel.com/products/65722 See here for more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Xeon_microp...

For motherboard I am nut sure. I did not see MSI Z77 Mpower in your list, perhaps you can read a review about it and see how you like it. It supports 32GB as far as I know. Though another board might be much better, I am not too familiar with Xeon and what board is best for such a CPU.

I hope this helps a little bit.
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November 11, 2012 10:05:24 PM

Thanks for your well thought reply. Yes, I have come across the Work Station solution but was not aware of the reliability factor. Very good point. THe only board that has jumped at me as a WS contender is the P8Z77 - WS. You have definitely brought a whole new array of possibilities I had not researched very well. Wow, now I'm in serious trouble. Thanks
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November 11, 2012 10:24:42 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Professional ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($218.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1780.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 13, 2012 5:00:32 AM

Well here's what I came up with:
Coolermaster Storm Trooper
Corsair AX 1200i
Asus Maximus V Extreme
i7 3770k
32 Gb G. Skill 2400
2x EVGA GTX 680 4 gb Classified
Corsair H100i
OCZ Vertex 4 256 gb
OCZ Vertex 4 128 gb SRT cache
Western Digital WD Black 1 Tb
Windows 8 / Hackintosh Dual Boot

Friggin' nuts!!!....But hey, you only live once....
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November 14, 2012 12:41:50 PM

Yeah, that should surly do I would expect. Are you going to sync the screens?
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November 16, 2012 3:57:38 PM

Only during gametime. During most of the time, I'll be running charts and video for the trading I do.
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