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Pontinha's quad-monitor setup: i7-3770K - GA-Z77X-UD5H - GTX 680

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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
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i7-3770K
Graphics
GTX 780 Ti
Mac
  1. MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
Pontinha's quad-monitor build: i7-3770K - GA-Z77X-UD5H - 2x GTX 680

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Components

Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5 GHz (not overclocked yet)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

G.Skill Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231590

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H (rev 1.1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545

2x EVGA GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ 4GB (SLI in Windows only, unfortunately :banghead:)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130794

4x Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB in RAID 0 (Mountain Lion 10.8.4 running on them :beachball:)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147193

2x Samsung 830 256 GB in RAID 0 (Windows 8 running on them)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164

2x Seagate 2 TB (after all, I need some place for my data)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148681

2x LG Blu-ray reader/ DVD writer/ HD DVD reader (remember that?)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BRE7Q14

Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E (to be soon replaced by a Swiftech H220 :headbang:)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007BO0VEI

Corsair Professional Series Gold AX750 750W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016

NZXT Phantom Red
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146066

2x NZXT 200mm cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835146003

2x Corsair SP120 120mm Quiet Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181024

2x Corsair AF140 140mm Quiet Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181028

3x 32" Samsung 1080p LED TV
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BCGRTKU/

24" LG 1080p LED monitor
N82E16824005134

Razer DeathAdder mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826153058

Logitech K800 wireless illuminated keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126194

MultiBeast options

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Geekbench scores

Geekbench 3: 3716 (single core) / 15096 (multi-core)
Geekbench 2: 14826

Comments

I decided to build this machine for 2 things:
- playing racing games on Windows
- doing audio and video editing on Mac

When I first used Final Cut Pro on my MacBook Pro (late 2011) the editing was fine, but it took longer than 11 hours to generate a 50-minute video using the specific formats and codecs I needed. Using this machine it takes no longer than 3 hours. Plus, with four 1080p screens it's much easier to edit. I can't wait for Mavericks to come out so I can use all it's multi-monitor features.

I also use Logic Pro for audio editing and it bounces MP3s in half of the time it takes the MBP. The MP3s are for the podcast I'm part of, called "Putz! Tive uma ideia", whose logo is in 3 of the monitors in the picture above. If you can understand (Brazilian) Portuguese, you're more than welcome to listen to us on www.putztiveumaideia.com.br ;)

I also ended up using it for developing Android apps, and the GeForce GTX 680 comes very handy when running the device emulators.

On Windows I've been playing mainly F1 2012 and the Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed, which is my favorite. Unfortunately the later is not optimized for SLI.
 
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
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i7-3770K
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GTX 780 Ti
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  1. MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
*Pontinha's quad-monitor setup

Thanks, Pietrr!

On the 4x Samsung 840 I get "only" 850/850 because I had to attach them to SATA II ports:
DiskSpeedTestRAID0x4.jpg

I wish I had 2 more Intel-controlled SATA III ports. This is what I get on the 2x Samsung 830 on SATA III:
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To avoid the SATA II bottleneck I bought a RocketRaid 2720 so I could have more SATA IIIs available for the 840s, but it was already too late when I realized it needs 8 PCIe lanes, and as I'm already using 2 slots for the SLI, there's only a PCIex4 left :thumbdown:

I should've waited a little longer and get a Z87 motherboard :banghead:
 
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GA-Z77X-UD5H
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Intel Core i7 3770K
Graphics
MSI GeForce GTX 670 Power Edition
Mac
  1. Mac Pro
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
And I can't even afford one 256 gig SSD :evil:

LOL Anyway, nice build! Write a bit more, like what Multibeast settings you used, why you built it, etc etc.
 
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What are you planning to do with this setup? :)
 
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Asus Z170-A
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What Multibeast options did you select?
 
Joined
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Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
CPU
i7-3770K
Graphics
GTX 780 Ti
Mac
  1. MacBook Pro
Mobile Phone
  1. iOS
And I can't even afford one 256 gig SSD :evil:

LOL Anyway, nice build! Write a bit more, like what Multibeast settings you used, why you built it, etc etc.

Thanks, Nishant98!

I've just created a "Comments" section with that info. ;)
 
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