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1st build. i5 2500K

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Well I'm new here so expect me to not know what I am talking about... lol

 

I'm looking over options for my 1st build and want to throw out my ideas to the present and get some of your guy's input to finish up my configuration..

 

First off let's talk about what I am using the machine for..

 

I'm not a gamer, at all...

 

I trade online (futures, FX) and currently have a 2 monitor set up and want to expand it to at least 4 24" flat panels. (possibly more in near future maybe 6 panels) The machine is powered on pretty much 24/7 (some down time on weekends).

 

I watch streaming video and lots of music with iTunes.. Other than that nothing out of the ordinary. I have in the past copied and burned a lot of movies but not so much any more.. That was pretty slow going ,,

Currently I am working with a 3 yr old Dell Inspiron 530 Q6600 2.4 4g ram and a Radeon HD 5670 feeding 2 24" FP's.. It's had the tape the cpu pin mod so it's @ 3.0 now.

 

What I am looking at now is the following.:

 

 

i5 2500K

 

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271)

 

Corsair Memory 8 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 (http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Memory-Channel-240-Pin-CMX8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B0042A7CAA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325868315&sr=8-1 )

 

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697)

 

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065#top )

 

Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139007)

 

 

I am looking at the SeaSonic M1211 620 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095 for power , and no idea really yet as to GPU.

 

I would be looking for a setup that can be used with dual vid cards and I would probably be looking price wise at a max of 150$ per card. possibly less but I can add the 2nd a little later to help with that.. Preferably 2 dvi outs per card, ..

 

 

The case is pricey and if I found something I liked as well for less that is no problem, the HD is just what I see for now, I could probably just get a 500 GB and be just fine...

 

I could possibly be wanting to add a SSD later or a 2nd HD mainly so I can separate my OS from my other stuff.. Maybe throw in a Blu-Ray dvd drive later on..

 

So any thoughts on the PSU / GPU and anything else is welcomed..... I will be OClocking some, nothing drastic but I figure if the capability is there why not..... I am definitely a noob at that...

Edited by RockyJ

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Well I see from what you do you don't need a lot of PC horsepower, your build looks great, I would get 2 5770s or 2 6770s in your PC to run 4 screens and leave it at that.

 

As for the PSU, it looks great.

 

 

So if you did everything above I think your system will work out just fine.

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In terms of running 4 monitors just het the 6770 Flex from Sapphire.

 

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1073&pid=1194&psn=&lid=1&leg=0.

 

Their product page says it can work four monitors at once if one of them is displayport. Rest can be HDMI and DVI.

 

As for the rest of the build its very solid. Would make a great gaming PC :evilgrin:

Edited by dihartnell

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:withstupid: For 4 monitor setup. If you're seriously thinking of 6 monitors setup, either get a third or change to a higher end graphic like 6950s (though I doubt that you'd need 6950s).

 

As for the case, many would disagree with me, but IMHO the 600T is somewhat overrated (at least for me) and overpriced (again, for me) so I'd say get a cheaper one instead.. The NZXT Source 210 should be quite enough since it allows painless installations, enough room to accomodate multi GPU and has a good airflow (might need some more fans).. But if you really like the 600T, by all means go for it.

 

You may already know this, but the floods in Thailand have made the HDD price skyrocket at no time so I'd say that if you have a spare HDD or probably want to use your current HDD, use that first and get an SSD. Then, get a HDD later on when prices are a bit easier in the eye. But if you'd prefer to get a new HDD, then I don't see anything wrong with the one you chose (and even get a free DVD burner :thumbsup: ) If you want to get an SSD, I'd say get a Corsair Force3 120GB.

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I did come across this after reading dihartnell's post..

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

 

Although a few people have been talking a little bad about Sapphire lately...

 

Looks like a possible candidate as it is capable of 3 or 4 monitors off one card... Anyone see any problems with this card?

 

 

Well it's not a flex series so only 2 of the card, 3 with a active DP and no way to 4 without getting another card.

 

I had the same issue your having, I need to run 4 monitors off my system, I went and got 2 6950's and they work great for what I am doing. I game of 1 monitor (X-fire enabled) and work off all 4(X-fire disabled)

Edited by Black64

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:withstupid: For 4 monitor setup. If you're seriously thinking of 6 monitors setup, either get a third or change to a higher end graphic like 6950s (though I doubt that you'd need 6950s).

 

As for the case, many would disagree with me, but IMHO the 600T is somewhat overrated (at least for me) and overpriced (again, for me) so I'd say get a cheaper one instead.. The NZXT Source 210 should be quite enough since it allows painless installations, enough room to accomodate multi GPU and has a good airflow (might need some more fans).. But if you really like the 600T, by all means go for it.

 

You may already know this, but the floods in Thailand have made the HDD price skyrocket at no time so I'd say that if you have a spare HDD or probably want to use your current HDD, use that first and get an SSD. Then, get a HDD later on when prices are a bit easier in the eye. But if you'd prefer to get a new HDD, then I don't see anything wrong with the one you chose (and even get a free DVD burner :thumbsup: ) If you want to get an SSD, I'd say get a Corsair Force3 120GB.

 

 

Yeah, I have the same thoughts about the HD's and case as you.. I do like the case and it is a bit pricey and is an area I could cut some cost. But as this is going to be a long term keeper machine I do want a case I like but as I said earlier I am flexible on the case...

Yes I am aware of the Thailand thing, And I really do not NEED a 1T drive, I am only using 125 gb of my 500gb WD drive right now.. I could possibly just use my current one for a while ... I'm wondering how long it will take HD prices to normalize??

 

Looking at prices the 500gb drives are not that cost effective next to 1t prices.. imo.. Of course I would like to go to a SSD + HDD setup down the road..

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Well it's not a flex series so only 2 of the card, 3 with a active DP and no way to 4 without getting another card.

 

I had the same issue your having, I need to run 4 monitors off my system, I went and got 2 6950's and they work great for what I am doing. I game of 1 monitor (X-fire enabled) and work off all 4(X-fire disabled)

 

Yep you are right , I was getting them mixed up ...

 

But the Flex card might be a great option, I could go to 6 monitors any time I wanted with 2 of those...

 

SO the 6770 Flex for just a little more is looking good and I need to find me a case I like for a better price let's say <$75 .. Maybe just use my current HD for a while.... I'm getting there...

Edited by RockyJ

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Yeah, I have the same thoughts about the HD's and case as you.. I do like the case and it is a bit pricey and is an area I could cut some cost. But as this is going to be a long term keeper machine I do want a case I like but as I said earlier I am flexible on the case...

Yes I am aware of the Thailand thing, And I really do not NEED a 1T drive, I am only using 125 gb of my 500gb WD drive right now.. I could possibly just use my current one for a while ... I'm wondering how long it will take HD prices to normalize??

 

Looking at prices the 500gb drives are not that cost effective next to 1t prices.. imo.. Of course I would like to go to a SSD + HDD setup down the road..

 

Many people said that it would atleast take a year to recover but IMO, by the middle of this year, I think it would drop to a double digit price for a 1TB. And I don't reccomend you to grab a 500GB Drive. Like you said, It's cost ineffective and believe me, if you like to watch movies and later on starts to collect BD movies, your Drive capacity would be zapped very quickly. For now I say get an SSD... You can really feel the difference of using an SSD when booting n etc..

 

As for the case, it's of course you're choice but I still suggest that you get a cheaper or more cost effective ones...

 

EDIT: I just reallised that you're Streaming, not Collecting videos.. My mistake :doh:

Edited by vandreadstriker

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So I'm here now..

 

i5 2500K

 

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157271)

 

Corsair Memory 8 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CMX8GX3M2A1600C9 (http://www.amazon.co...25868315&sr=8-1 )

 

HD My current 500gb WD HD for now. Upgrade later.

 

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 (http://www.newegg.co...16835103065#top )

 

CASE Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 x Fractal High Performance 140mm fans ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007 )

 

SeaSonic M1211 620 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817151095 for power

 

SAPPHIRE Flex 100328FLEX Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102938 )

Edited by RockyJ

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What sort of trading platforms do you use. I have built a lot of PCs for traders and sometimes they use more CPU horse power than anyone realizes.

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What sort of trading platforms do you use. I have built a lot of PCs for traders and sometimes they use more CPU horse power than anyone realizes.

 

 

Tradestation and MetaTrader4 .

 

I would think while not a gaming powerhouse this would be easily powerful enough for anything I would need it for.. I have been working with a lot less for many years...:)

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