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Hi, I am planning to build my first computer soon. I have done a fair amount of research and it doesn't seem that hard. Because I am a beginner I will stay away from custom water cooling for now.

Here are my planned specs:

Case- NZXT Phantom
CPU - 2600k
GPU - EVGA GTX 580 in SLI
MB - Asus Maximus IV Extreme
RAM - Ripjaw 8GB 1866
PSU - Kingwin 1200W
HDD - WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM
SSD - 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS
CPU Cooling - Corsair H100
GPU Cooling- Stock
OS - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Monitor - 3x 27 inch Asus Monitor

I do have a couple questions:

Will the GTX 580's in SLI be good enough for the triple monitor set up? I mean I will be running 5760 X 1080. I do game but I don't play intensive games like Metro 2033 or Crysis. I'll be playing games like Shogun 2: Total War, BF3, BF2, CoD. And I will be willing to game on one monitor on max settings if I can't do it on all three. I will be using the 5760 X 1080 set up mostly for multi tasking.

And can you guys tell me if all these components are compatible?

Is 1080p too little for a 27 inch monitor?
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Hi, I am planning to build my first computer soon. I have done a fair amount of research and it doesn't seem that hard. Because I am a beginner I will stay away from custom water cooling for now.

Here are my planned specs:

Case- NZXT Phantom
CPU - 2600k
GPU - EVGA GTX 580 in SLI
MB - Asus Maximus IV Extreme
RAM - Ripjaw 8GB 1866
PSU - Kingwin 1200W
HDD - WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM
SSD - 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS
CPU Cooling - Corsair H100
GPU Cooling- Stock
OS - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Monitor - 3x 27 inch Asus Monitor

I do have a couple questions:

Will the GTX 580's in SLI be good enough for the triple monitor set up? I mean I will be running 5760 X 1080. I do game but I don't play intensive games like Metro 2033 or Crysis. I'll be playing games like Shogun 2: Total War, BF3, BF2, CoD. And I will be willing to game on one monitor on max settings if I can't do it on all three. I will be using the 5760 X 1080 set up mostly for multi tasking.

And can you guys tell me if all these components are compatible?

Is 1080p too little for a 27 inch monitor?
the only thing i really see as unecissary is the 120G SSD.
A 60G would be just fine; just put the OS on it.
BUT, an extra 60G would be pretty awesome for games and such.
if you're on a budget then that would be the best thing to cut first.
otherwise your setup looks pretty good.

ooo and your PSU = low quality
get a Corsair 850w
if you have the money they have some at 900 to 1000 watts (which really isn't a necessity)

the GTX 580 is an amazing card. In SLI it should be able to handle your setup pretty well.
but what i don't get is why you want three monitors. just get a big ass TV and a single secondary monitor for system monitoring stuff.
Edited by Hazzeedayz - 8/9/11 at 8:15am
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Seems fine to me. One thing - I'd change the PSU out for a Seasonic unit, 850W would do you, but I'd go 1KW just to be safe.

GTX580's are immensely powerful and will serve you well for casual gaming, wouldn't worry too much about those.
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That's a nice build. Most suggestions would just be to save you money at a similar performance level, as that is a very nice (but expensive) rig.

Depending on how you are using your computer, you could save some money by going with the core i5-2500k which is very comparable in gaming performance to the 2600k, but does not have hyperthreading.

Others have noted that your PSU isn't considered a high quality unit. Your SLI set-up with the 2600k will draw around 750-800W of power, so unless you plan to add another GPU later, you can go with a smaller, higher quality unit. Use this thread to find some recommended power supplies, anything above 850W should be solid for your build: http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html

Another suggestion many would give is to go with the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB over the WD Caviar Black. It's usually cheaper (currently $50 with free shipping on Newegg) and performs as well, if not better, than the WD Black.

From my own experiences, I might suggest downsizing the monitors if you're going with 3 of them. A few years back, I was choosing between 2x 23.6" and 2x 27" monitors and ended up going with the 23.6" set-up due to price difference. After setting it up, I couldn't imagine having had 2x 27" monitors (especially not 3). So unless you plan to be sitting a fairly lengthy distance from your 3x monitors, you might consider a smaller screen size as at that size you could be losing efficiency multi-tasking across all of them (not to mention the needed desk space). Just my 2 cents, certainly go for the 27" if you like.
Edited by tcobb51 - 8/9/11 at 8:32am
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..........can i come over to your house? i want to play that monster
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look at XSPC rasa rs 360 or 240 instead of h100, upgradable and will cool a little better
 
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post #7 of 10
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That's a nice build. Most suggestions would just be to save you money at a similar performance level, as that is a very nice (but expensive) rig.

Depending on how you are using your computer, you could save some money by going with the core i5-2500k which is very comparable in gaming performance to the 2600k, but does not have hyperthreading.

Others have noted that your PSU isn't considered a high quality unit. Your SLI set-up with the 2600k will draw around 750-800W of power, so unless you plan to add another GPU later, you can go with a smaller, higher quality unit. Use this thread to find some recommended power supplies, anything above 850W should be solid for your build: http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html

Another suggestion many would give is to go with the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB over the WD Caviar Black. It's usually cheaper (currently $50 with free shipping on Newegg) and performs as well, if not better, than the WD Black.

From my own experiences, I might suggest downsizing the monitors if you're going with 3 of them. A few years back, I was choosing between 2x 23.6" and 2x 27" monitors and ended up going with the 23.6" set-up due to price difference. After setting it up, I couldn't imagine having had 2x 27" monitors (especially not 3). So unless you plan to be sitting a fairly lengthy distance from your 3x monitors, you might consider a smaller screen size as at that size you could be losing efficiency multi-tasking across all of them (not to mention the needed desk space). Just my 2 cents, certainly go for the 27" if you like.
Thanks for the heads up on the displays. I guess I wanted a 27" screen because I saw the Mac 27" screen and was mesmerized. Then I was like why don't I triple up on it and have massive multitasking abilities. You have a point on how far I would have to sit. I mean I will have to sit back quite a lot to have one, let alone three of them. I guess that's why gamers have three 24" monitors instead. Plus I haven't even allocated the space in my room for these monitors.

Also do you think triple 25" would still be too much?
And does HDD cache size make a difference?
Edited by jjj751 - 8/9/11 at 9:35pm
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Seems fine to me. One thing - I'd change the PSU out for a Seasonic unit, 850W would do you, but I'd go 1KW just to be safe.

GTX580's are immensely powerful and will serve you well for casual gaming, wouldn't worry too much about those.
Yeah I want to in the future add another GTX 580 for Tri-SLI so I guess it's best I go with the Corsair AX1200
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I would think the 3x 25" would be much more manageable than the 3x 27". But having no experience with multiple 25" monitors, I can't say for sure--perhaps someone else could give you a better idea. I think 3x of my 23.6" monitors would be a solid set-up (perhaps even a little large for my tastes) so I think the 22-24" range is good for multiple monitor set-ups.

HDD cache size I would expect to have a performance impact (with more being better, of course), but I don't feel qualified to even begin describing how or why. Perhaps someone else could or a google search might reveal more.
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Nice build but i have couple of suggestions:

1. if your rig is for gaming only i would suggest you to take 2500k
2. you mentioned you are in the begining so you dont want water cooling, Corsair H100 is a water cooling system no?

3. PSU- i dont know this company so i suggest you to buy a known PSU like Corsair , Seasonic and so on.....

4.Hard drive: Invest your money on Vertex 3 120 GB and buy F3 2 TB for data..
5. Graphic card- Make sure the case will have enough room for both of the cards in SLI , each card is quite big.

5. Good Luck
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