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Tallon's 5x1 Eyefinity
by Tallon
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Description

PCPP doesn't appear to allow mismatched video cards for crossfire. I initially bought 2 Gigabyte OC 7970s for Eyefinity before learning that enabling Crossfire disables the outputs on the second card, so I exchanged one for the ASUS DirectCU II shown in the build to fully enable 5x1. The internal pic is from when it was just the 2 Gigabyte cards inside.

When I first started I was super serious about cable management and running everything through the slots and out of the way, but as the build went on I got less interested. No window on the case (not really into windows & lights) so I'm not concerned.

I'll update with benchmarks (assuming PCPP allows me to update this).

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate925MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.38Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Mincading [10 Builds] 17 points 15 months ago

hows the ****?

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 18 points 15 months ago

Literally larger than life. lol

 
 
Funkbass [1 Build] 10 points 15 months ago

Sweet mother of God...

 
 
LarryRow [1 Build] 29 points 15 months ago

With this system, he should have no trouble locating Jason Bourne.

 
 
LeoonF 8 points 15 months ago

haha:P

 
 
MyNameIsDerp 9 points 15 months ago

So... it can run Minesweeper, right?

 
 
onlinegamer 6 points 15 months ago

You havemy dream car and a beastly pc i want to be you :O

 
 
BC1096 5 points 15 months ago

You should work for the NSA

 
 
Possumjones 4 points 15 months ago

Holy Shizballs. What a monitor setup! Im jealous, cables are a bit of a mess. Exciting to see an eyefinity setup here, never know what your gonna find here, and yours stands out.

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

I'm pretty sure you don't need 2 Crossfire bridges. That's only for 3/4 way for the second slot.

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

You're right

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 4 points 15 months ago

Nice build though...jealous

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Thanks! It's a dream come true

 
 
Hammcd 3 points 15 months ago

I would get a 60 inch picture of your setup framed and hang it on that blank wall behind it

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

I love your build love the parts selected but you really might want to reconsider your cable management not for looks but for the sake of your graphics cards and system. If i'm not mistaken the only intake fans you have are in the front of the case and that intake air is being drastically blocked and misdirected by all those cables. I know as well as you probably do too now, that those graphics cards under load produce an insane amount of heat so giving them direct airflow of fresh air is very important to the life and longevity of your system.

happy computing!

(Ninja Edit: What are you using this system for?)

(2nd Ninja Edit: I was wrong according to the vendor there is no active intake air supplied to this system O.O...)

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I bought extra 120mm fans for the front intake :) I will definitely at least tie up those cables with some ties so they aren't restricting airflow. Thanks for the great advice!

As for what I'm using it for, just gaming in general. I've been playing CS:GO mostly but I bought a bunch of games during the Steam Summer sale to experiment with. I also plan to get back into iRacing which is a great sim racer.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

You're welcome and your system will thank you for it :P

Awesome well I most definitely would be interested in hearing more gaming experiences on this system. Happy Gaming!!

 
 
slowbird 3 points 15 months ago

Dude that is an awesome setup for iRacing. After I finish my new build I would like to get up to 3 monitors eventually.

 
 
Enlyten [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Oof. Great idea with iRacing. I've demo'd it on a 3 x 3 setup and it's amazing

 
 
hunter32tz [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Speechless...

 
 
D3ck3rCain 2 points 15 months ago

OMG i wanted this monitor set up!!!

 
 
D3ck3rCain 4 points 15 months ago

And it came on a freaken pallet!

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

Haha yeah! I couldn't believe it when UPS unloaded. Barely fit everything in my car.

 
 
xSachira 2 points 15 months ago

I wonder which screen was lucky enough to ride shotgun.

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 15 months ago

The case rode shotgun ;) All 5 screens were in the back seat with my seats moved forward. The two Amazon boxes were in the trunk

 
 
on4209 [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Very nice build man, it looks amazing. Congrats!!

 
 
DjArtifact 2 points 15 months ago

I would have gone with a 3820 and x79 board for more bandwidth to the cards. Other than that nice build.

 
 
Sef [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

That's sickening. x.x I want.

 
 
DontUSASme 2 points 15 months ago

Where mah video at? :P

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Haha sorry, I had to go out of town for work. Probably won't be until Friday. I'll get it!

 
 
DontUSASme 3 points 15 months ago

Haha its cool. I need my 5x1 eyefinity pr0n though! :P

 
 
DontUSASme 2 points 15 months ago

What do you do for a living?

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

I'm an MIS, work with computers.

 
 
DontUSASme 2 points 15 months ago

Nice. I'm in school for Electrical Engineering haha.

 
 
DontUSASme 1 point 15 months ago

ITS DELIVERY TIME BOY.

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Don't have a video yet, but here are screens from various games. I'll try and record something soon.

http://imgur.com/a/edv5T#0

 
 
DontUSASme 3 points 15 months ago

Holy let me have this, Batman!

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Started Bioshock Infinite tonight, added some screens from that

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago
 
 
Pacifistur 2 points 15 months ago

Will you buy it for me?

 
 
MikeTheTiger [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Holy...(speechless)

 
 
utkugul 2 points 12 months ago

judging by that car in the last pic, this build wasnt to wallet harming, was it?

 
 
swaggernaut 2 points 12 months ago

nice camaro, care to take me out for a ride on your pc instead

 
 
ThatSweetGamer [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Nice Camaro.

 
 
vElectrixx 1 point 15 months ago

That looks amazing. Cable management is okay; at least it's pushed to the side. The monitor setup looks great. I've never seen them placed vertically.

Unrelated: What car do you own? It looks sporty.

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

It's a 2011 Camaro. I love it! All the PC parts barely fit inside though!

edit: and thank you!

 
 
stnz [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Euh, just wondering there, but doesn't your 212 EVO looks a bit crooked ? More fans and better cable management would be great for your GPUs btw. Other than that, great build and good parts ! Considering the screen choice though, you might not be able to push recent games at more than 120fps on this resolution so 120hz seems a bit odd especially considering the fact that you could have had 5 x 27" for the same price ;). Congrats !

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

I wanted 120hz specifically. I'm OK sacrificing a couple graphics settings for better performance, particularly in multiplayer shooters which is mostly what I play. I stuck with 24" because I eventually plan to get a pre-made stand for the monitors and debezel them to reduce the gap.

This is the stand: http://www.wsgf.org/products/wsgf-edition-stand

 
 
stnz [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Oh okay, wasn't sure it was about FPS, FPS on Eyefinity must look gorgeous ;). These debezeled would look great especially with this stand, be sure to reply here if you ever do the upgrade ;)

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I will! :)

 
 
DontUSASme 1 point 15 months ago

Dude, post a video of this rig in action! This looks sweet! How is the 120Hz doing for you - considering it's a TN panel, does it look bad?

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Oh, and 120hz is amazing

This was my first encounter with it and when I turned it on it blew me away. I can't explain how much smoother everything was. I noticed little movements in player animations that I never even saw before. If you can, you have to try 120hz. I guess not everyone can see or really notices the difference, but for me it was huge.

 
 
DontUSASme 1 point 15 months ago

Do you think there's a huge difference is 120 vs 144Hz? And I know of Vega. He's a badass.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

There is not a huge difference between performance of 120Hz and 144Hz but there usually is quite a difference in the wallet - typically the ASUS 24'' 144Hz monitor runs roughly $250 where as the BenQ 120Hz same size is significantly higher.

 
 
DontUSASme 2 points 15 months ago

To be honest I'd rather have the BenQ though. Seems like they are more geared towards this kind of thing. How's the TN panel looking? Is it good, or washed out like others?

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I don't recall it looked washed out at all, but in fact being very clean and vibrant.

 
 
DontUSASme 1 point 15 months ago

Comparable to IPS in any way?

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

of course not, though I assume you already know that from your comments. Pro gaming monitors aren't built for that purpose they are focused on high frame rate and smooth game play though the quality of the picture is great they are clearly and obviously different compared to IPS which isn't focused on high frame rate or smooth game play more so on HIGH picture quality.

 
 
DontUSASme 1 point 15 months ago

I know. So much opinion about that TN panels are so bad and offer so much less that IPS, and wanted to check if it was as bad as everybody that I'd heard from makes it out to be.

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

They're not bad, just different. People on the Internet tend to exaggerate and have extreme opinions.

 
 
DontUSASme 2 points 15 months ago

Good to know. This setup is so damn sweet.

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks :)

 
 
DontUSASme 2 points 15 months ago

I wanna see this thing in action ASAP, soldier!

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I'll try and take a cell phone video tonight just for you, though I'm not sure how well it will come out.

 
 
DontUSASme 1 point 15 months ago

For me? Thanks babe :) Lol I just want to see what it looks like running. I was thinking about building a Mini-ITX rig, but this looks too damn sweet.

 
 
tyler555 1 point 12 months ago

I had the opportunity to use a dell ultra sharp IPS 24" 1920*1200 monitor at school on our CAD rigs. And I have to say if I had the money I would absolutely go IPS for three reasons

one: My eyes loved me for it. I noticed immediately that my eyes took much less strain than a tn panel. while using it for both working and gaming (while the teacher wasn't looking ;) )

two: The colors were much better than anything I had experienced. The contrast and brightness was great and everything was clear

three: no headaches. I've used a variety of TN panels and a couple of CRT's all of them resulted in a headache/ eye strain after extended use >2 hours. The IPS had none of this.

Note: I have very bad eyes and wear contacts I am 18 just to show you that I am not some 50 year old man complaining about reading text lol. I am nearsighted.

I think IPS will always be worth it unless you are a pro gamer but even then you could simply get a top of the line high refresh rate low latency IPS.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

There is a category that fits different people, the people who put more emphasis on high picture quality are definitely not the people to talk to when looking at a Pro gaming monitor. for the most part they have skewed and bias opinions based on their blind loyalty to high picture quality.
So if the image quality is most important to a gamer then an IPS panel is definitely the area that person will want to be looking. However if the person is looking for high frame rate, smoothest game play experience for Professional competitive speed game play then that person will want to consider the high refresh rate gaming monitors.

Most gamers who demand the high frame rate pro smoothness of game play aren't as nit picky about the image quality and care more about maximizing their K/D Ratio.

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

The BenQ I got are on sale on Amazon for only 279. Great price which convinced me to pull the trigger on this setup.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

That is definitely an awesome price for them.

 
 
saw1833 [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

I'm actually extremely jealous. I payed the same price + $5 shipping on mine, but I purchased mine off Woot! as a refurb... knowing I could have waited and got a NEW monitor with full warranty... D:

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Usually the people who say they can't see the difference are those who are trying to justify that they are to poor to purchase a 120Hz / 144Hz monitor.

 
 
James710 0 points 7 months ago

I have one and a 1080p and i cant see it

 
 
Tallon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I will try, but check out CallsignVega on YouTube. He was my inspiration

 
 
berkie95 1 point 4 months ago

mmm bezels for days

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ChaoticMatters 1 point 15 months ago

umm.... wut?

 
 
xinfinityy [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

He means people aren't as fortunate there and here were spending money on penta-monitor setups, if you really didn't get it. Amazing build though.

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ChaoticMatters 1 point 15 months ago

Ah, now I get it. BTW nie build