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Hello everyone! Great to be apart of the forum. I'm writing this to not only get feedback on my setup but to make sure I'm not missing anything. A little background information. I basically was at Best Buy to buy a desktop computer and two 24 inch lcd monitors so I will be able to play online poker at many tables at the same time. I figured the cheapest desktop would do because all I would be doing is playing poker and the occasional youtube or movie. The lady at Best Buy assured me I could upgrade the video card if need be. Unfortunately when everything was setup I found I had major lag on videos as well as Netflix (even when not using HD). To top it off I discover from my research that the HP desktop (p2-1334) I bought has an integrated graphics card and cannot be upgraded. So basically I've chalked this up to a learning experience and decided I'll just use the HP for backing up some information or something. The new me decided I didn't want to be at the mercy of computer manufacturers, simply because I didn't know how to put one together myself. Also I figured if something breaks down it would be easier to replace (I would assume). So today after much research I ordered the parts listed below:

"EVGA SuperNOVA NEX650G 80PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V/EPS12V 650W Power Supply 120-PG-0650-GR"
"Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001"
"Corsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case CC-9011023-WW"
"Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW"
"Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B"
"SAPPHIRE 100354XTL Radeon HD 7870 XT w/Boost 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card"
"Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80637i53350P"
"MSI B75MA-E33 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS"
"LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS95 - OEM"

Quick question can this support 3 monitors by chance?

I won't be gaming much but i figured its nice to have the option to, every now and then.
edit: note when I do play however they will be gpu intense games.

Other than that, everything look good? Missing anything? Thanks! Feedback is greatly appreciated!


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EDIT: Power Supply posted!
Edited by Swith - 2/16/13 at 11:43am
post #2 of 11
Looks like you are missing a power supply.

You may also want an extra case fan or two depending on your local ambient temperature. The 200R comes with 2 fans, but it has mounting points for up to 8. I'd probably add one intake fan on the right side panel.

Otherwise, it will be a beast of a system. Very fast.
Edited by willis888 - 2/15/13 at 9:38pm
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ooops good catch! I did buy a power supply. Just forgot to type it. I know its probably overkill but I wasn't exactly sure how many watts I needed and figured 650 would be more than enough.
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Originally Posted by Swith View Post

Quick question can this support 3 monitors by chance?

Yes. It should have no problem displaying 3 monitors full of poker tables.

However, it might not be fast enough to run AAA games at high settings on all 3 monitors. Either play those particular games on one monitor, or turn the graphics quality down in the game's options menu.

One of the monitors will need to plug into the MiniDisplayPort. MiniDisplayPort to VGA adapters are cheap. MiniDisplayPort to either DVI or HDMI adapters are expensive.
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If this is only to do what you stated above, I think you've gone overkill on a few components. Why bother with the Samsung 840 drive? I cant imagine the 7870 being needed for some online poker. The gold certified PSU is overkill as well. That being said, you can never go wrong with a great PSU. The drive you picked out is fantastic but spendy (love mine!)
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I agree with the 7870 being overkill, unless you plan on doing some pretty hardcore gaming, for online poker a 7770 or even a 7750 would suffice. But if your trying to run three 24in monitors seperately, the 7770 should handle that no problem. If you plan on doing some gpu intensive gaming like crysis 2, borderlands, battlefield, etc. then I would stick with 7870.
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I agree with the 7870 being overkill, unless you plan on doing some pretty hardcore gaming, for online poker a 7770 or even a 7750 would suffice. But if your trying to run three 24in monitors seperately, the 7770 should handle that no problem. If you plan on doing some gpu intensive gaming like crysis 2, borderlands, battlefield, etc. then I would stick with 7870.

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If this is only to do what you stated above, I think you've gone overkill on a few components. Why bother with the Samsung 840 drive? I cant imagine the 7870 being needed for some online poker. The gold certified PSU is overkill as well. That being said, you can never go wrong with a great PSU. The drive you picked out is fantastic but spendy (love mine!)

I should have been more clear. When I do end up playing some games they will definitely be gpu intense games.

As for the Samsung ssd I bought this because whenever I saw someone's build, they always included one. To be honest I was clueless on these things until I started looking at other people's setups.
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Yes. It should have no problem displaying 3 monitors full of poker tables.

However, it might not be fast enough to run AAA games at high settings on all 3 monitors. Either play those particular games on one monitor, or turn the graphics quality down in the game's options menu.

One of the monitors will need to plug into the MiniDisplayPort. MiniDisplayPort to VGA adapters are cheap. MiniDisplayPort to either DVI or HDMI adapters are expensive.


Thanks for info. I had a feeling that's what I had to do but I wasn't sure. Now I know =D
Edited by Swith - 2/16/13 at 12:08am
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Looks like you are missing a power supply.

You may also want an extra case fan or two depending on your local ambient temperature. The 200R comes with 2 fans, but it has mounting points for up to 8. I'd probably add one intake fan on the right side panel.

Otherwise, it will be a beast of a system. Very fast.

Just noticed your edit. Thanks great info! I'll definitely add a case fan or two.
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I would disagree on the extra case fans. You're not overclocking & the i5-3350p is not going to be putting out a ton of heat. You should be fine with the default case fans.

Just to reiterate what willis mentioned - you may need some monitor cord adapters depending on the inputs your monitor takes. The video card has four outs: DVI, HDMI, and two mini-Display Port. It also comes with a mini-Display Port to full Display Port adapter. (And a DVI to VGA adapter, but that is likely unimportant here.) Unless you plan eyefinity gaming (running a single game on all three monitors at once), you can hook up monitors anyway you please, using whatever cheap adapters may be necessary.
    
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I would disagree on the extra case fans. You're not overclocking & the i5-3350p is not going to be putting out a ton of heat. You should be fine with the default case fans.

Just to reiterate what willis mentioned - you may need some monitor cord adapters depending on the inputs your monitor takes. The video card has four outs: DVI, HDMI, and two mini-Display Port. It also comes with a mini-Display Port to full Display Port adapter. (And a DVI to VGA adapter, but that is likely unimportant here.) Unless you plan eyefinity gaming (running a single game on all three monitors at once), you can hook up monitors anyway you please, using whatever cheap adapters may be necessary.


Ya maybe I will keep an eye on temps first and then if need be buy a case fan. I noticed you said the video card has four outs. I probably wouldn't do this, but I'm curious...would I be able to get 4 monitors connected to my video card if I wanted to?

As for monitor adapters I know all about that. To connect the 2 monitors I have now, I had to track down a DVI-D to HDMI adapter since the HP only has a VGA and DVI-D port. I first went to Radioshack, then Best Buy to get what I thought I needed, which was a VGA to DVI-D adapter. It was interesting because this is what I thought I needed and even the guy at Radio Shack confirmed this. However after not finding the adapter at Best Buy and being told I should check Tiger Direct, the tech there says there is no such thing as a DVI-D to VGA adapter. When he said I should just connect through HDMI, I was like duh! Why didn't I think of that?! So one of the guys at Tiger Direct found an HDMI - DVI-D adapter and I connected one monitor through the regular VGA port and the other through HDMI using the HDMI to DVI-D adapter. lol that was probably more information than you needed to know but just wanted to point out the headache I went through already with the HP.
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