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Custom PC site?

Discussion in 'PC/Windows/Linux' started by mobeious1, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. mobeious1

    mobeious1

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    Oct 24, 2008
    fl
    anyone know a website that i can go down a list and choose what parts i want... i have never built a PC so i dont know all the parts .. to just buy them individualy from like newegg... id like to buy as a package and i can assemble ..

    lookin for something to run a triple monitor setup
     
  2. I don't know of a site that provides just that kind of information specifically; you might visit hardforum.com to get an idea of what folks are using and why and then do some shopping on newegg.

    Sean
     
  3. Jaytron

    Jaytron

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    Mar 22, 2009
    San Jose, CA
    I don't know of any "checklist" type site like you're thinking of but I can offer some help

    You'll need the following:
    Case (Anything with decent airflow. I use a Raidmax Smilodon myself, Coolermaster makes some good cases also)
    Power supply (Antec, Coolermaster, Corsair, you'll probably need 800w+ to run an SLI/Crossfire setup with 2 video cards for 3 monitors)
    Motherboard (MSI, Gigabyte, Asus SLI or Crossfire compatible for 3 monitors)
    CPU (Your choice, I prefer AMD)
    Video cards (2 SLI/Crossfire compatible video cards for 3 monitors)
    Optical drives of your choice (DVD, DVD-R, CD-R, whatever you want)
    Hard drive(s) (SATA3 please, make sure your motherboard supports this. Much faster than old IDE)
    RAM (Check with your CPU/mobo manf to see what's the highest rated RAM you can run. Brands to check out: Corsair, OCZ. Try to shoot for 8gigs if possible of RAM)
    Misc (Mouse/keyboard/speakers/Operating system/etc)

    You're pretty much set with that list. 3 Monitors is going to be expensive. You'll need at least 2 video cards, and an SLI(nVidia)/Crossfire(ATi) compatible board. Running two monitors would be much cheaper. Anywho, that's a basic outline as to what is needed to build a PC. Let me know if you need any more help.
     
  4. Ryan Bradford

    Ryan Bradford

    518
    Jul 14, 2009
    Rochester
    Go to www.overclock.net They will get you 100's of links and 1000's of parts in minutes for the best prices.
     
  5. turtile

    turtile

    416
    May 12, 2008
    Delaware
    You can post what you want here.
     
  6. mobeious1

    mobeious1

    360
    Oct 24, 2008
    fl
    how much more would it cost to run triple monitors vs 2
     
  7. Jaytron

    Jaytron

    736
    Mar 22, 2009
    San Jose, CA
    Well, you would need an SLI/Crossfire compatible motherboard (costs more than normal boards) and you would need 2 video cards instead of just one. Also your whole setup would need a beefier power supply. Few hundred more I suppose
     
  8. mobeious1

    mobeious1

    360
    Oct 24, 2008
    fl
    well if its only 200-300 more then that wouldnt be bad ... i was thinkin like 500-1k more
     
  9. Growltiger

    Growltiger Administrator Administrator

    I thought SLI/Crossfire was to allow you to have multiple graphics boards powering just one display. The processor on the second or third card are used to provide more calculations for your main monitor, to increase graphics performance. But that isn't what he wants, he wants more monitors. So I'm not sure he needs SLI/Crossfire.

    Certainly for two monitors, he just needs one card which supports two monitors.

    Couln't he just get a second card, that will give him four monitors.

    Can you explain this?
     
  10. surrealillusion

    surrealillusion

    103
    Aug 23, 2007
    Ottawa
    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp

    Use that to calculate the amount of power needed for all your components.
    On top of having recommended manufacturers for parts, check out the hardware reviews for the different components that you're looking to buy. Check out:

    http://www.anandtech.com

    I pretty sure they have a roundup every year for a base intel/amd and performance system with pricing guidelines based on when the article is published.

    With respect to your triple display, you can always go with a single high end card and then a secondary basic card (if all you're going to really use on that 3rd display is desktop functionality. Otherwise you might as well pony up the dough and get two midrange -> high end video cards (295GTX imo is overkill when the technology changes every 18 months or so).

    Biggest cost definately will be your monitors, and I'm assuming it's going to be for photographic work (well at least some of it). IPS monitors don't come cheap (I'm still looking for two replacement monitors for my 24" Westinghouse MVA).
     
  11. genera

    genera

    Oct 6, 2005
    California
    SLI / Crossfire in not a requirement.

    There are some restrictions though on what is compatible. Here's some info from Microsoft on running multiple monitors.
     
  12. Jaytron

    Jaytron

    736
    Mar 22, 2009
    San Jose, CA
    If a motherboard isn't SLI/Crossfire compatible, where would he put the second card? PCI-E =/= PCI

    He still needs multiple video cards. To run 3 monitors. Unless he's cloning a display with a splitter which would be a waste of a monitor.
     
  13. genera

    genera

    Oct 6, 2005
    California
    SLI slots are PCIe x16 slots.

    Of course two cards are required. I was just trying to correct your statement about SLI or Crossfire being a requirement.
     
  14. Jaytron

    Jaytron

    736
    Mar 22, 2009
    San Jose, CA
    Sorry my mistake Gene.

    I forgot you have to actually DISABLE SLI/Crossfire to run 4 monitors xD I suck on Mondays.

    With SLI/Crossfire enabled he would only be able to run 2 monitors. Forgot about that. But then again he would still need a board that has multiple slots to support it.
     
  15. mobeious1

    mobeious1

    360
    Oct 24, 2008
    fl
    well from what i came up with it would cost me right at 1100 bucks to build without monitors
     
  16. genera

    genera

    Oct 6, 2005
    California
    So, what parts have you decided on?

    If there's an i7 920 in the mix Micro Center has them right now for $200. The catch is that they're only selling them in store for that price. They're quite a bit more on-line.
     
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