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I have passed on the query to the owner, so far the only info I have is that the main monitor will most likely be a 32" or thereabouts. Not sure how much that helps plan the build at this point, but I will say that as he works retail for a large electronics company he will most likely change setups every now and again. I think the system is best off designed to be a veritable hammer at just about anything.

One consideration is that wireless HDMI has been requested as a feature, likely implementing the Belkin ScreenCast AV4 or similar. That may or may not be used on the main screen(s), or may be intended for added functionality to display to other TVs around the house, I'm not sure.

That's all the info I can provide at the moment.
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Sigh.. everything i just said got deleted. ohwell.
Turtles beaches are a waste of a good sound source. its a shame really that hed rather use them that a 4800$ system and want them to sound better? Doesnt make sense to me personally.. i mean skrillex uses beats to mix when he could use anything he wants.. its just preference i guess. Even though personally i think its silly.
Edited by hzac - 2/10/13 at 10:33pm
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thanks wireless
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Sure you could just throw a bunch of the top of the line components in there, but with out a specific goal of resolution or Hz refresh rate then many GPU setups could just go to waste if the correct resolution is not utilized.
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True monitors only go up to 30in. Above 30inches you are talking about HDTVs. HDTVs have many restrictions on resolution, response time, and refresh rate. If you want to go multi-monitor for gaming all 3 (or up to 5) monitors must be the same for the best results. Ask the owner to look at different setups on youtube and to choose a desired goal. Only that way you will have an optimal build.
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I had another chat with him. For the start at least it will be running off one of these and possibly another TV also as a second screen, separate unrelated displays.

He would like me to leave plenty of headroom to move to an eyefinity or similar arrangement further down the track for multi-screen gaming. Most likely at this stage to end up being 3 of these or similar.

Looking at the calibre of these displays I also need to ensure 3D gaming remains a solid option. As far as I know that doesn't really have any of its own hardware requirements but I am happy to be corrected as always.

As I mentioned he sells TVs for a living, therefore getting pretty amazing prices on them. This means I want this system to be capable of driving anything he could possibly plug it up to in the next few years, and doing it to perfection. There are already 4000p TVs floating around the market which to me screams of a terrifying GPU load.

I hope that's enough info to go on for now. Versatility and outright graphics horsepower will be the main theme here.
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Size of the monitor is irrelevant. Its the resolution you need to worry about, and so far it looks like he's only talking 2 x 1080p.

The 4x 7870 post is ridiculous. Go with the 3x MSI 680 GTX's, or eVGA 680 FTW+, at higher resolutions SLI scales leaps and bounds better than CF. Put them and the CPU under water.

I don't understand his demand for HDMI, displayport is superior in every way, but there are adapters available if he needs them.
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You can build a "serious gamer" PC for $850 anything over about $1100 for the system unit alone is just overkill/enthusiast grade/benchmark junkie territory. Also, if you really are building a "serious gamer" PC, you NEED a sound card & headphones, or at least if you're an audiophile like me. And finally, that mobo is notoriously unreliable, do with that what you will.
Best of luck. thumb.gif

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I don't understand his demand for HDMI, displayport is superior in every way, but there are adapters available if he needs them.
This, this, and more this.
Edited by ploppercon - 2/11/13 at 6:31am
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I would take a look at a CaseLabs case. http://caselabs-store.com/

They are definitely worth the premium. Build quality and expandability are outstanding.
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Size of the monitor is irrelevant. Its the resolution you need to worry about, and so far it looks like he's only talking 2 x 1080p.

The 4x 7870 post is ridiculous. Go with the 3x MSI 680 GTX's, or eVGA 680 FTW+, at higher resolutions SLI scales leaps and bounds better than CF. Put them and the CPU under water.

I don't understand his demand for HDMI, displayport is superior in every way, but there are adapters available if he needs them.
Thanks for the info, and I got him to look at different setups last night and I think he fell in love with 3 screen eyefinity/surround arrangement. So let's work off 3x1080p as the baseline.

I'm hearing you with 3 nVidia cards, the more I read the better that option seems.

I don't think he was aware of the displayport point you've mentioned. I certainly wasn't, which is embarrasing actually. I'll bring it up.

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Originally Posted by ploppercon View Post

You can build a "serious gamer" PC for $850 anything over about $1100 for the system unit alone is just overkill/enthusiast grade/benchmark junkie territory. Also, if you really are building a "serious gamer" PC, you NEED a sound card & headphones, or at least if you're an audiophile like me. And finally, that mobo is notoriously unreliable, do with that what you will.
Best of luck. thumb.gif

EDIT:
This, this, and more this.
This is definitely in enthusiast territory, it's certainly a bit of a toy / object of pride.

3way SLI as mentioned above does leave room for a sound card, which is a bonus. Any recommendations, preferably from pccasegear's lineup?

I haven't read anything bad about the board, I will look further into it and perhaps change. Are you suggesting the Rampage instead, or have something else in mind?
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I would take a look at a CaseLabs case. http://caselabs-store.com/

They are definitely worth the premium. Build quality and expandability are outstanding.
I understand they are excellent, unfortunately I can't justify the cost, particularly when shipping to Australia is added on.
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Thanks for the info, and I got him to look at different setups last night and I think he fell in love with 3 screen eyefinity/surround arrangement. So let's work off 3x1080p as the baseline.

I'm hearing you with 3 nVidia cards, the more I read the better that option seems.

I don't think he was aware of the displayport point you've mentioned. I certainly wasn't, which is embarrasing actually. I'll bring it up.
This is definitely in enthusiast territory, it's certainly a bit of a toy / object of pride.

3way SLI as mentioned above does leave room for a sound card, which is a bonus. Any recommendations, preferably from pccasegear's lineup?

I haven't read anything bad about the board, I will look further into it and perhaps change. Are you suggesting the Rampage instead, or have something else in mind?
I understand they are excellent, unfortunately I can't justify the cost, particularly when shipping to Australia is added on.

I did forget to mention, you want to get the 4gb versions. IF 2x titans are possible, those will absolutely demolish the 3x 680s. But depending on the cost with you australlians, those might send the rig a bit over budget. It looks so far like you're pretty covered as far as everything goes at this point. Build him a beast, but don't blow his money needlessly on things like platinums, when ram at half the cost will do those speeds.

My crapy red vengeance 1600cl10 set is up at 2400mhz in my z77e-itx, you really don't need to waste the money on e-peen.

The RIVE (Rampage IV Extreme) has some publically listed issues, you have a low rate to get a board with one of the problems... but newegg has ~31% at 2 eggs or less, many of them are multiple posts from really mad people, but its a bit of a gamble, but it truly is the best board out there for x79.


Vega this guy is where I got most of my info from, he knows his setups.
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