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Triple Screen Gaming Rig - £3000/$5000 Budget

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May 17, 2012 10:16:07 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: June/July

Budget Range: £3000/$5000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Triple Screen Gaming at Ultra Graphics with Air Cooling

Parts Not Required: Peripherals / Moniters

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Overclockers.co.uk / Amazon

Country: England

Parts Preferences: Nvidia GPU and Intel CPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 5780x1080

Additional Comments: Trying to go with the best possible setup on air for triple-screen gaming.

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This is just a rough plan so far, by no means set in stone.


- CPU: Intel Core i7 2700K 3.50GHz Sandybridge CPU (£244.99) (Looking to OC to 4.50GHz)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

- Motherboard: Asus P8Z68 Deluxe (£199.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

- RAM: Samsung Green (MV-3V4G3D/US) 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C11 1600MHz 30nm Dual Channel Kit (£53.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

- CPU Cooler: Corsair A50 CPU Cooler (£26.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS...

- Case: Cooler Master HAF X Gaming Tower Case - Black (£139.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

- SSD: Crucial RealSSD M4 512GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive (£461.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

- Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM (£99.98)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD...

- Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90 24x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM (£18.98)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CD...

- Sound Card: Asus Xonar D2X 7.1 PCI-E Sound Card (£84.00)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=SC...

- PSU: OCZ ZX Series 1000W '80 Plus Gold' Modular Power Supply (£154.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA...

Total Minus GPU: £1485.89



The GPU is the bit I'm having a hard time with, obviously with triple screen I need the best that money can buy so I'm not entirely sure the best route to take.

I could either go for two GTX680:
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 FTW w/Backplate 4096MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card (£599.99x2 = £1199.98)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

Or a single GTX690 with the possibility of adding a second somewhere down the line:
Gainward GeForce GTX 690 4096MB PCI-Express GDDR5 Graphics Card (£899.99)
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

Or I could lift the two GTX480's from my old machine and use them until the GK110 consumer card rears it's beastly head sometime later this year/early next year?

Your input would be greatly appreciated on all aspects of this build!

a b 4 Gaming
May 17, 2012 11:50:49 AM

being a wide screen gamer I will lend you my advice.
I started with 2 x GTX 570's and then switched to a GTX 590. the 570's were a few FPS fast, but created a lot of heat and noise. I like the 590 much better for the less heat and noise. after reading THG review of the GTX 690/680/670 and the HD 7970. I would go for the GTX 690. this will leave you with a possible quad SLi path should games get more GPU intense and you find yourself needing a little more GPU to game in widescreen
May 18, 2012 10:49:25 PM

Guessing not a lot of people go down this route then?
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May 18, 2012 10:56:39 PM

Why you don't go with a p8z77-v deluxe? the Z77 are much better for overclocking sandy's!
and you should check out pcpartpicker.com
a b 4 Gaming
May 19, 2012 8:12:38 AM

Foxxeh said:
Guessing not a lot of people go down this route then?


I have mixed feelings on wide screen gaming. it is fun once it is running, but the path to get there is long. a lot of games don't support wide screen gaming natively and need modification thru a config file to work. additionally the on screen menus and hud is usually all jacked up. also switching from an extended desktop to Surround mode is a pain in the backside.

I got my 3 x 1920x1200 24" monitors on close-out for about $130 a piece, so I went for it. in hindsight I would go with a single 27-30" 2560x 1440/1600 monitor for gaming. you still need a beefy GPU to drive it though.

Silhoue has a good point, but you need to take it one step further and go with a Z77 MB that has 2 PCIE 3.0 slots and an IVY Bridge CPU. The GTX 680's & 690's will utilized the bandwidth that PCIE 3.0 provides
a b 4 Gaming
May 19, 2012 8:15:26 AM

If a Radeon 7970 could not saturate PCIe 3.0 completely, I highly doubt the GTX 680 can.
May 19, 2012 9:58:19 AM

I've also read that in real terms there is no difference between PCIe 3.0 and 2.0
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