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My home office room, which is now pre-wired up like a Borg Cube and has some new hardwood flooring in, is still undergoing some cabinetry and lighting work. After 13 years of professional development and global projects, I decided I wanted a place to work that...works. After a while you start to realize how much of your waking life is this stuff.

The old room was carpet and dim and cold and...basically nothing that ever made me want to sit in front of a PC after...sitting in front of a PC all day at the commercial office (in an commercial space that is grey, and cold, and dim). Since I work remotely some of the time, and study here, I'm partially investing in my career development. But y'know...with all the gear halfway there, why not some cool fun stuff, too?

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post #22 of 39
Don't waste money on a 6GB ram video card, look at professional reviews for gaming at 7680-1440 resolution you will see that games don't actually use more than 3 GB of memory unless you load a tons of high resolution texture patch and 8xMSAA on top. Go with the 7970 3GB aftermarket preoverclocked one such as Asus Matrix 7970 (best if you buy 2 of these to play any game with Ultra settings) at the very least because GPU processing power is the severe bottleneck factor here at this resolution.

Just to keep things in perspective, 1 HD 7970 can barely keep 1 monitor at 2560 1400 resolution at 60 fps with Ultra graphics settings. Now imagine how much more GPU processing power you will need to drive 3 of these monitor at 60 fps for smooth game play?
post #23 of 39
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Don't waste money on a 6GB ram video card, look at professional reviews for gaming at 7680-1440 resolution you will see that games don't actually use more than 3 GB of memory unless you load a tons of high resolution texture patch and 8xMSAA on top. Go with the 7970 3GB aftermarket preoverclocked one such as Asus Matrix 7970 (best if you buy 2 of these to play any game with Ultra settings) at the very least because GPU processing power is the severe bottleneck factor here at this resolution.
Just to keep things in perspective, 1 HD 7970 can barely keep 1 monitor at 2560 1400 resolution at 60 fps with Ultra graphics settings. Now imagine how much more GPU processing power you will need to drive 3 of these monitor at 60 fps for smooth game play?

A single GTX 680 yielded me 60 fps at 2560x1440 with max settings in bf3.
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A single GTX 680 yielded me 60 fps at 2560x1440 with max settings in bf3.

FPS doesn't depend on solely the GPU. What's your CPU and RAM?
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EDITED: I went ahead and decided to at least try to trifire 3x7970 cards in this new build given the enormous resolution I'm dealing with.

Sorry, I've been away so long, but thanks for the advice so far...I have actually been slowly piecing together this build while focused on finishing the room that will house it! tongue.gif

I've decided to go fairly high-end and for a "gaming" style rig, as opposed to an understated workstation box. I've gone with a red/black theme and would like to stay consistent to that appearance.

Here's what I own so far:

Zalman Z11 Plus HF1 Case:
(Now rethinking the case because I added a 3rd graphics card to the mix)


Plenty of Case Air-Cooling (5x120mm + 3x80mm fans)
(Rethinking using only air cooling, too)


NZXT Sentry-2 Touchscreen Fan Control
(Wish there was something more red, but I wanted some control over all that air cooling)
Created with GIMP


Zalman CPU Cooler
(Maybe the CPU just goes underwater if I go that route...)



OCZ Fatal1ity 1000w Power Supply
(Unfortunately thinking this might need to bump up to a 1250w unit like the XFX Pro
...?...


3 x XFX Radeon 7970 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Factory OC, Crossfire

(Would have preferred a more reference red/black look, and maybe a more reputable brand but I got a very nice deal on these after rebates and included games resale...and these have a Lifetime Warranty which seems important given the situation)





Crucial M4 128GB SSD
(Existing drive...plan to upgrade this to a Samsung 840 Pro 512GB)



Western Digital Blue 1TB 7200rmp HDD
(Just an existing drive...may eventually upgrade this, too)



My question now is which motherboard to accommodate a current-gen Intel i7 and the 7970 Trifire? Black/red would be great. Not particularly limited by price, just want a reliable performer that will accommodate the XFX cards.

Also, I'd like to run 16GB RAM at the highest possible/useful speed. Again, Something in the black/red scheme if possible.

Any hep would be appreciated!
Edited by SamruaiJack - 2/15/13 at 7:48am
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EDITED: Since adding the 3rd 7970 above, the question shifts to accommodating that setup.

Also wish to know:

Does it make sense for me to Trifire these 7970's? Is that just headache city or in my massive resolution case...would it really perform? I've seen a lot of problems posted from earlier last year, but also seemingly some successes this year. These will be in Trifire while using Eyefinity.

It seems my Zalman Z11 case won't be big enough, but that thing only set me back $50 or so. Easily reused for another build or sold. If I went with a water cooling solution could I make this case work? I do really like it aesthetically, and apart fro the cards, don't have any other reason to have a truly full tower or super-tower.
Edited by SamruaiJack - 2/15/13 at 6:56am
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I'm also looking for a way to mount all three of these on a triple-mount. I saw one a while ago that claimed up to 28" panels could be accomodated, and it wasn't too expensive, but it was also fixed-angle.

Any ideas besides DIY? I'd like to have a nicer finished look, but I'm handy enough to DIY something that works if that is the only solution available to me.
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I'm also looking for a way to mount all three of these on a triple-mount. I saw one a while ago that claimed up to 28" panels could be accomodated, and it wasn't too expensive, but it was also fixed-angle.

Any ideas besides DIY? I'd like to have a nicer finished look, but I'm handy enough to DIY something that works if that is the only solution available to me.

I've heard those video cards get awfully loud, and in trifire, with that cooling style i think they will be extremely loud.

For your stand:
http://www.amazon.com/Deluxe-Triple-Monitor-Standing-Supports/dp/B006JG9RQ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360941609&sr=8-1&keywords=triple+27%22+monitor+stand
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EDITED: Since adding the 3rd 7970 above, the question shifts to accommodating that setup.

Also wish to know:

Does it make sense for me to Trifire these 7970's? Is that just headache city or in my massive resolution case...would it really perform? I've seen a lot of problems posted from earlier last year, but also seemingly some successes this year. These will be in Trifire while using Eyefinity.

It seems my Zalman Z11 case won't be big enough, but that thing only set me back $50 or so. Easily reused for another build or sold. If I went with a water cooling solution could I make this case work? I do really like it aesthetically, and apart fro the cards, don't have any other reason to have a truly full tower or super-tower.
Those cards are crap, sorry. For the PSU go with a Seasonic X series 750W. Everything else is solid.
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Yeah that's the stand I had seen before...thanks for the link. Thought I had seen the shipping a bit cheaper, but ah well. THe fixed angle was all I didn't like, but it may be worth a shot...and might be something I can modify if needed rather than starting from scratch for parts in a DIY solution.

I do know the mounts are tensioned to only be able to handle a maximum display weight of 8lbs. I'll have to weight one of my panels...
Edited by SamruaiJack - 2/15/13 at 8:07am
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