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So I've been staring at this build mockup for a bit too long and I'm seeking any advice, critique, tips, etc from fresh eyes and minds.

Quick overview of what the PC to-be-built will be used for: Security, plain and simple. Tasks such as video monitoring video review and investigations (think "forensics"), alarm monitoring, physical access control systems, etc. The intended PC will be pushing, for the immediate future at least, three Dell 2007FPB (20" lcd, 1600x1200 max resolution) and three NEC P401/AVT (40" size, 1080p resolution) LCD wall panels.

So, specs critique aside, I have to ask what feels like a "duh" question. The video cards listed below: one card is supposed to be able handle 6 outputs natively. So if I were to run the two cards, would we be able to expand past six displays or would it just be Crossfire for the six panels?


Any help would be greatly appreciated before I submit the parts list and present the justifications for the upgrades.
For everything in an overview: NewEgg WishList link
Or individually...
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
CPU: Intel Core-i7 2600K Sandy Bridge
RAM: G.SKill Ripjaws DDR3-1333 2x4GB
Video: ASUS EAH6950 DCII/2DI4S/2 -- two of them
OS drive: Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 256GB Internal SSD
Storage Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-1050HX 80plus Silver 1050W
Case... I'm debating between these two
Cooler Master HAF 932
Antec Twelve Hundred V3


Thanks again, fellow OCers!
Edited by [)r@ke - 11/5/11 at 4:51pm
post #2 of 7
Good build, the haf has better cable management. Also, you should run at a local computer store and buy an HDD ASAP because alot of stores still sell the HDDs the price they were before the floodings, you could save roughly 80$...
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[AMD][Phenom 955 C3][4ghz-1.44v-24/7] [Gigabyte][GA-990FXA-UD3] [Zotac][GTX 570][810/1950mhz] [CORSAIR][XMS3 Dominator][2x2GB][1406 7-8-7-24-1T] 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
[Corsair][F90] [WD][Caviar Black][640GB] [Samsung][DVD-RW] [XSPC][Rasa+EK580GTX+] 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
[Windows 7][64bits] [Benq][21.5''][1920x1080] [CM][QuickFire] [CORSAIR][TX-650] 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
[CM][Custom HAF 922] [CM][Inferno] [Tt][Dasher] [Audio-Technica][ATH-M50] 
Audio
[Asus][Xonar DG] 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[I5-2430m] [Acer HM65] [ATI][6850m] [2x2GB][1333mhz] 
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[Seagate][750GB] [DVD+/-RW] [Win7][Home premium] 
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[AMD][Phenom 955 C3][4ghz-1.44v-24/7] [Gigabyte][GA-990FXA-UD3] [Zotac][GTX 570][810/1950mhz] [CORSAIR][XMS3 Dominator][2x2GB][1406 7-8-7-24-1T] 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
[Corsair][F90] [WD][Caviar Black][640GB] [Samsung][DVD-RW] [XSPC][Rasa+EK580GTX+] 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
[Windows 7][64bits] [Benq][21.5''][1920x1080] [CM][QuickFire] [CORSAIR][TX-650] 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
[CM][Custom HAF 922] [CM][Inferno] [Tt][Dasher] [Audio-Technica][ATH-M50] 
Audio
[Asus][Xonar DG] 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[I5-2430m] [Acer HM65] [ATI][6850m] [2x2GB][1333mhz] 
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True enough, though I realized I had a .5TB drive on there when I meant to have a 1TB storage drive on there. Plus, I just edited in individual parts list links.

Granted, yes, I could run to Fry's, etc, tomorrow and get a storage drive for a good price. BUT, with approval, the company will be paying the price tag. So I'm not too concerned with saving ~$50 or so when the final price tag is $2000+.
post #4 of 7
Why do you have two cases?

PSU is overkill, gpu is overkill, cpu is overkill, SSD is overkill, mobo is overkill.

For what you intend the computer for this is what you should change:

GPU: Go crossfire yes! All you need is 6770/6850 for the 6 monitors you want
PSU: For the crossfire set up all you need is 650 watts... any $80-$100 ones will do.
CPU: This is just for mainly monitoring/security system, i would even just suggest the lower end i5 quad cores or just get a i3 dual core.
Mobo: any simple CF motherboard will do.
SSD: why are you wasting so much money on a 256 gb SSD? For your needs all you need is a 60 gb SSD as that all you probably going put your OS on. All the 'data' storage from your video / security monitoring .. you would need to put on a HHD. As stated above, get your HDD asap, the bigger the better for your needs.
Case: Choose a cheaper case, your system doesn't require a gaming case. Any mid tower case will do, no need to get a full tower case.

So basically the computer is NOT for gaming, so don't waste your money on gaming parts, it doesn't make sense. A simple build for this shouldn't even go over $650.

The build you just suggested is made to handle the best game on the market right now --> BF3

heck why don't you make a simple AMD X4 build... save you tons of money on motherboard and processor.
Edited by mcc21 - 11/5/11 at 4:58pm
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This is just what I've been asked to spec out...

Though, why I was asked specifically to include a 256GB SSD is beyond me as well (especially given the general price). Trust me, I've argued for a smaller size and cheaper cost.

Why the overkill? We want to expand operations to extra displays, more intensive security measures. Besides, 6970 vs ATI FirePro in cost is kind of a no-brainer to the higher-ups since we're condensing three crap-tastic Dells boxes running all the things I previously outlined into this one monster PC.
So to my direct boss, overkill now which means future expandability without another $1000+ or higher price tag to do so.
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This is just what I've been asked to spec out...

Though, why I was asked specifically to include a 256GB SSD is beyond me as well (especially given the general price). Trust me, I've argued for a smaller size and cheaper cost.

Why the overkill? We want to expand operations to extra displays, more intensive security measures. Besides, 6970 vs ATI FirePro in cost is kind of a no-brainer to the higher-ups since we're condensing three crap-tastic Dells boxes running all the things I previously outlined into this one monster PC.
So to my direct boss, overkill now which means future expandability without another $1000+ or higher price tag to do so.
well... your boss need to understand industrial needs vs. gamer needs.

he will never... be able to use even 50% of that computer, the computer will break down or needs replacing before the 'future expandability' comes into play. If that the case I hope he won't be blaming you saying 'howcome i spent $2000 and it breaks down before i can even expand?' hahaha

his money i ain't arguing with you, just be caution with bosses like these...maybe down the road his buddy (which he trust more than you) will say 'what the hell? you spend $2000 on this? when all you needed was $650, you fool!" then your boss will be
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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Fair enough point, if it were to happen. We're just looking at options and we want one single strong machine that can run multiple monitors, handle LOTS of video camera displays (24 and up), cpu-intensive intelligent video review software (it'll find motion detection, non-biometric face regonition, boundary intrusion, etc), the physical security control systems, and so forth.

Does the system look awful gamer-with-no-price-tag? Yes, I suppose it does. But like I originally said, I've spent too long staring at that mockup based off the original criteria with which I was supplied.
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