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I started out buying all the parts listed below, upgrading from my 2500k rig. It is slowly progressing, It's been running since the beginning of this year and will only continue to get better over time.

In November I bought the bulk of the computer of the components, a $55 Fractal Arc Midi, a $100 Corsair HX750 PSU, a $94 Z77 FTW, an $85 3770k, and 16GB of Samsung 30nm ram for $75. Lastly I bought a Zalman NH-D14 copy for $25. I ended up throwing that piece of garbage out and using my old Noctua NH-D14

Total cost of this starter Rig was around $700.

In February I bought three Crossover 2560x1440 displays (which should ran about $1200 for the three), and another 7950 to be able to at least play games on high. The next plans are water cooling for the rig. Either before of after that these 7950s will be upgraded to next amd or nvidia parts dependent on price. SSDs and other items are not planned in the foreseeable future.

I update this as I go along

Starter parts that went into the Rig
3770k @4.3 GHz cooled by Noctua NH-D14
16GB Samsung Green (mine didn't overclock well D:)
EVGA Z77 FTW
MSI reference 7950
Intel 320 160GB
WD 2TB Black
Corsair HX 750 Gold
Fractal Arc Midi

Past Upgrade
3x Crossover 2560x1440 Monitors

Next Upgrade:
Powercolor 7950 (being shipped as we speak)

Next Planned Upgrade:
Water cooling with Pyobia Supernova sized rad

Upgrades 1+ year away
2x 512 GB+ ssds
Edited by ehpexs - 2/18/13 at 2:48pm
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Update, I've got the system together with the 3730k and Z77 FTW. I'll post pics once I clean up the house a bit (working too much,)

Here is the first of the Crossover displays, I'm gonna get the other two in two weeks or so. Here are pics of the first compared to my 21.5" I just sold.










Edited by ehpexs - 1/19/13 at 10:11am
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post #3 of 25
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Well after doing some measuring it looks like I'm gonna have to wait until we move into a larger place. It's not a question of money so much as it is space.

So my question for the mean time is directed towards my GPU.

Is one 7950 fine to run this resolution or should I go crossfire?
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CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P LG 55" IPS TV 
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post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by ehpexs View Post

Well after doing some measuring it looks like I'm gonna have to wait until we move into a larger place. It's not a question of money so much as it is space.

So my question for the mean time is directed towards my GPU.

Is one 7950 fine to run this resolution or should I go crossfire?

If you plan to game on that resolution, I'd recommend you getting 2x 4GB 670s or 7970s. At least 4GB, you need that. I have a 3x 1440p set up as well (although they don't work right now because my CPU was killed by my PSU that went rogue) and I'd highly recommend 4GB 670s. I say that because even though 7970s do perform great, I like Nvidia products much better. tongue.gif
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post #5 of 25
You gonna need a bit more oomph to power that resolution. Got three 7950s OCed to the limit and I am thinking of adding a fourth one for more juice.

In addition make sure that the monoprice screens come with Displayport or you gonna need to buy two active display adapters (The one that comes with a usb cable) to make those two extra screens work.

Forget about the 7970s or the 670s 4gb... the price difference from two 7950s will buy you a third 7950 tongue.gif

Just a word of caution if you want to go a route of more gpus... you gonna need to put them under water or you gonna be hearing a tornado from your pc every time you play.
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post #6 of 25
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I ordered two more monitors (despite being unsure about getting them on my desk.) They should be here this coming week and I will post pictures, after which time I will see what Nvidia's new Titan looks like in Price/$$$ compared to buying more 7950s.
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MV-3V4G3D/US 480 GB Intel 730 SSD, 2TB WD black A bunch of Gentle Typhoons Win 8 64 bit 
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CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P LG 55" IPS TV 
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post #7 of 25
How on earth did u get a 3770K for $85? In my country(Singapore), it's $430 brand new. That's abt USD380. Ridiculous...
post #8 of 25
I'm interested in how you got a 3770k for $85. Deal with the devil?
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post #9 of 25
You will for sure need more GPU power, good luck with the setup.

As far as him getting a 3770k for $85, it was probably the same way I got on, there are some benefits to having a crappy retail job sometimes.
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post #10 of 25
Impossible, manafacturing cost of a 3770K can't be $20 can it...my local distributor must be ripping my country off like nobody's business.
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