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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
I'm looking to build a gaming pc that will have no problem running games at 5040x1050 (3x22" monitors) using Eyefinity (http://sites.amd.com/us/underground/products/eyefinity/Pages/eyefinity.aspx)

I've done a bit of research/spoke to a few friends and come up with this (see 1st reply)

I plan on having the SM2233RZ in the middle as I assume most of the action will be happening there and it's almost £100 more than the 2233BW so i'd rather not buy 2

I picked the HAF 932 as I know it is definitely big enough for the 5970 but it's kinda ugly so i'm going to keep looking

That comes to £1,947.48 including delivery.

My budget is ~£2k including 2x22" monitors (1680x1050 resolution)

Let me know of any changes/improvments I could make.
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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#1
http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/1997/basket2.png
#2
Big budget but that is one awesome machine!
#3
dcx_badass
You kinda need 3 monitors not two, also why have you got the overpriced 120hz screen when ati doesn't do 3D only nvidia? I'd say that SSD is to small to be useful aswell. Also the graphics card, you can probably move down a model, save a few hundred pound but not lose much performance at all.


Agree with most of that, would probably stick with a major gfx card though. I imagine 3 screens would need a lot of oomf!
#4
dcx_badass
You kinda need 3 monitors not two, also why have you got the overpriced 120hz screen when ati doesn't do 3D only nvidia? I'd say that SSD is to small to be useful aswell. Also the graphics card, you can probably move down a model, save a few hundred pound but not lose much performance at all.


I already have 1 22" monitor and i'm only interested in the 120hz part as i'm an avid FPS gamer.

The SSD is big enough for an operating system and a game or 2 which I think is enough for an SSD considering how expensive the bigger ones are

I'm happy with the graphics card as I know it's the best on the market at the moment and will not have any problems with games that come out, also I can't use Eyefinity with any NVIDIA card so I haven't really looked at anything related to the GTX 480
#5
rwm24
I already have 1 22" monitor and i'm only interested in the 120hz part as i'm an avid FPS gamer.

The SSD is big enough for an operating system and a game or 2 which I think is enough.

I'm happy with the graphics card as I know it's the best on the market at the moment and will not have any problems with games that come out, also I can't use Eyefinity with any NVIDIA card so I haven't really looked at anything related to the GTX 480


Are you going to get more than 60fps at that res across 3 screens with one gfx card tho?
#6
Can pre order the Nvidia GTX 480 now which may be better if you plan on adding another card in the future for Sli. The power usage is a lot higher and runs a lot warmer but it seems to perform better in things like tessellation and of course it includes Physx technology.

Shouldn't all screens be 3D if you are going for a multi monitor setup?

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-470-480-review/12

Nvidia 3D surround = Eyefinity
#7
thrustmaster

Shouldn't all screens be 3D if you are going for a multi monitor setup?


I'm not sure that 3d would work well or be that useful on side monitors??

Edit - just seen your link, maybe it's ok if the monitors are flat, rather than angled?

Either way, you'd need a beast to run 3 monitors in 3d and get decent fps!!
#8
dcx_badass
If they want to do 3D (which ATI can't do anyway), Nvidia doesn't have eyefinity though. I still think for the price the graphics card is a waste. The very top of high end is always a waste of money. You pay a huge premium for a tiny gain.


"So to recap once more, NVIDIA 3D Surround is a derivative, much like ATI Eyefinity, which will also work with three monitors; surround vision with the 3D goggles is not a requirement, an SLI setup with GT200 or GF100 cards however is. "
#9
Benjimoron
"So to recap once more, NVIDIA 3D Surround is a derivative, much like ATI Eyefinity, which will also work with three monitors; surround vision with the 3D goggles is not a requirement, an SLI setup with GT200 or GF100 cards however is. "


The 3d stuff hasn't really impressed me and I know there aren't many games that support it, i'd also have to buy another 2 3d monitors but if I get an ATI card I can running 3 monitors easily with a single 5970.
#10
rwm24
The 3d stuff hasn't really impressed me and I know there aren't many games that support it, i'd also have to buy another 2 3d monitors but if I get an ATI card I can running 3 monitors easily with a single 5970.


Will it run at that res on one card with decent fps?
#11
Benjimoron
Will it run at that res on one card with decent fps?


Trying to find a video for a 5970 running at 5040x1050, i've come across this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrm2TClujYw - he's running a GTX 295 and it runs smoothly but I think it's on medium graphics =/

Another video with a gtx 295 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD98ORQVq8Y&annotation_id=annotation_296235&feature=iv

I'll keep looking!
#12
dcx_badass;8234381
If they want to do 3D (which ATI can't do anyway)


Catalyst 10.3 was released with stereoscopic 3d support last week so it's nearly here for ATI users :thumbsup:


Particularly envious of the 5970 you are proposing to buy. I'm just a lowly (but happy) 5850 owner...
I agree that case is pretty disgusting, how about one of the nice Coolermaster Cosmos range instead?
Are you not tempted to buy a modular PSU too?
#13
Benjimoron
Are you going to get more than 60fps at that res across 3 screens with one gfx card tho?


Although it's a single board, it's actually two graphics card cores each around the 5850/5870 level. It can manage decent framerates at 2560x1600 which is a slightly lower resolution so I'd expect it could manage playable performance across the three monitors.

John
#14
Johnmcl7
Although it's a single board, it's actually two graphics card cores each around the 5850/5870 level. It can manage decent framerates at 2560x1600 which is a slightly lower resolution so I'd expect it could manage playable performance across the three monitors.

John


Fair point. The res he wants is about 25% higher and I think we were talking about 3d too, which pushes even harder! I believe you need 120fps to get decent results for 3d from the 120Hz monitors?
#15
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=403&Itemid=47&limit=1&limitstart=5

Just looking at the 5970.

It appears to get 35.6 fps at 1920 x 1200 on this test. Doesn't that mean around 10fps on what we're looking at???
#16
I run four screens on my pc using an 896mb GTX 260.

That card would be able to do the resolution you are after.
#17
If i were you should get the cosmos s, and a modular PSU, so much easier to manage.

Also as its going to be for gaming, what are you going to do for cooling
#18
khy86
If i were you should get the cosmos s, and a modular PSU, so much easier to manage.

Also as its going to be for gaming, what are you going to do for cooling


I am most likely going to go for a Cosmos S which comes with quite a few fans already installed but I may buy a few extra 120mm fans to fit in the empty fan slots in the case itself which I hope will be enough cooling.

Can you recommend a good modular power supply? I think I need 700W+
#19
dcx_badass
5040x1050 = 5292000
2560x1600 = 4096000

OVer 20% difference, so not really slightly lower.


I don't think so, at 4xAA (standard for most benchmarks on this card) with 2560x1600 the difference shouldn't be much to the stress of driving the three monitors without AA.

John
#20
going around your budget you should check out something like this http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/750W-Corsair-CMPSU-750HXUK-SLi-ATX-EPS12V-Modular-UK-Version-7-Year-Warranty

read reviews on it first though. Also i think you should look into watercooling, its so much better than air cooling.
#21
khy86
going around your budget you should check out something like this http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/750W-Corsair-CMPSU-750HXUK-SLi-ATX-EPS12V-Modular-UK-Version-7-Year-Warranty

read reviews on it first though. Also i think you should look into watercooling, its so much better than air cooling.


My current basket on overclockers.co.uk is £2,070.47 (I had to add a dvi to display port adapter) so I don't really want to change to anything more expensive, is a modular psu really worth it?

I think i'll stick to the fans the case comes with and keep an eye on the temperatures, if it gets a bit too hot i'll consider more fans or water cooling.
#22
you can easily pick up a decent modular psu for around £100.

I have just installed one in my case and now i have 5 cables running from my PSU instead of the 9 or 10 i had from my old one. Really does make things easier to manage
#23
rwm24;8235664
I am most likely going to go for a Cosmos S which comes with quite a few fans already installed but I may buy a few extra 120mm fans to fit in the empty fan slots in the case itself which I hope will be enough cooling.

Can you recommend a good modular power supply? I think I need 700W+


Glad to hear you're strongly considering the Cosmos. It was my top choice before changing my mind and going SFF.

I went for the Seasonic X-650 PSU in my first build, very pleased with it.
It's so luxurious that it actually makes power supplies exciting! They also produce a 750w model.
banned#24
£590 for a graphics card ! Wow, Is it really worth that much money for slightly better graphics. Still if I had the money, it would be good to have
#25
ryman1000;8243337
£590 for a graphics card ! Wow, Is it really worth that much money for slightly better graphics. Still if I had the money, it would be good to have


Not really, but if I had the money I would :p

As I don't live in La La Land, If I had the chance to rebuild my current rig I would probably take a Sapphire 5870 Vapor-X (Rev. 2) :thumbsup:
#26
Spent a bit more time researching/fiddling and this is my current basket:

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/2464/basketo.png

More money than sense? probably.

I still haven't decided what PSU to go for.

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