3 monitor gaming build


Dec 14, 2012
I want to build a gaming rig around 3 monitors. This will be my first time building a computer. The primary uses of this pc will be gaming, programming, and a little video editing. I just need some advice on the parts I need. Here's the list so far:

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D

Hard Drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power Supply:
CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM

Power Supply:
ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K


CORSAIR Hydro Series H55 Quiet CPU Coolers


Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-Ray Burner with SW, 3D Play Back - BH14NS40


So this is what I've come up with so far. I'm open to any suggestions and advice.

My budged is about 3-4 grand including the monitors. I'm not sure what to do about graphics. I know i want to go crossfire/SLI but I don't know how to go about it.

Thanks for the advice guys.
Do you really need a bluray drive? It seems kinda pointless - a lot of computers now don't even need a CD drive.

You could afford a way larger and better SSD with that budget - don't skimp THERE.

Don't get a closed-loop water cooler. If you're going to water cool, go all-out. Closed loops perform worse than comparable air coolers, break more often, and are more likely to break other parts in your computer when they do.

It's pointless to get a x79 build in my eyes. It really isn't going to help gaming basically at all - get an i5-3570k instead.

The Sabertooth, of any form, is a complete and total waste of money - the thermal armor is less than worthless (It makes the mobo hotter), and it's way overpriced. Instead of getting a mid-level board with flashy bling, just get a good board.

You don't need anywhere close to 16GB of ram. Yes, I know it's cheap, but that's no reason to waste money. Get 8GB instead - I've never seen a PC go above 7, even when running GIMP, BF3, and 20 tabs in chrome.

Nice pick on the power supply - that's a good 'un.

Do you really need three TERABYTES of storage? It'll give you some issues with windows - I'd go with a single terabyte, or possibly a RAID 0 array if it won't have sensitive data on it.

As for the graphics card, Radeon handles higher resolutions better than Nvidia does. I'd get a pair of 7970 GHz editions. They'll handle everything you throw at them.

Now then. I know that my advice was all to save you money, and I know you have more to spend, but here's the thing. Even if you spend more money, you won't get hardly any better performance in return, and it'll be a LOT more expensive. No, it won't be future proofing - you're actually WAY better off saving that money and upgrading 2 years sooner than planned than blowing it all now.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($189.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2908.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)