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  Quote groBschizer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: Monitor & Speaker advice
    Posted: 06 Jun 2012 at 7:17pm
Budget:
$1k-$2k

Expectations:
Monitor - 27"-30" 2560rez
Speakers - great sounding, high quality. 2.1 or 5.1?

Usage:
Gaming

System Configuration:

Processor: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.50 GHz (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 (Intel Z77 Chipset)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series
Power Supply: 1050W Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 2x (120GB Solid State (By: Corsair) (Model: Force GT Series CSSD-F120GBGT-BK) (SATA 6Gbps)
Optical Drive 1: Blu-Ray Player/DVD Writer (Play Blu-Ray and Burn DVDs)
Video Card(s): 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB (PhysX) (Overclocked EVGA 02)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex 240mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler
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Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)


I'm considering the Dell Utrasharp U3011 or U2711. Anything I should know about? Can I get the same performance for less?
I am clueless on speakers. I would prefer 2.1 setup. Is wireless any good?
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  Quote tju76 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Jun 2012 at 8:55pm
For speakers it depends what you will be using them for I have the logitech z623 and I love them, lots of power but a clear sound easily fills my house with music, I prefer 2.1 over 5.1 takes up less room, but too each their own. For monitors especially if you are just gaming go with the dell u2412m you can pick them up on newegg for 309 so grab 2 or 3, imo the dell 30 ips monitor is too big and is designed for someone doing very high end photo editing etc. So if you want total immersion pick up 2x or 3x dell u2412m, just my 2 cents
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  Quote Asangard Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jun 2012 at 8:48am
I recently purchased Corsair's SP2500 2.1 speaker set.  Wow the clairity of the sound is incredible.  I have these hooked up to the Sound Blaster Recon3D Champion sound card.  Same one you have except with the front mounting control panel. 
 
 
A lot of people here use the U2312HM.  I currently have the U2410 and have had it for over 2yrs.  Once I order my new rig next week I hope to upgrade to the 27" in the fall.  There are various opinions on a multi-monitor setup vs a single monitor.  Me I prefer a single monitor for gaming and I would get the 30" but too expensive for me.  I would look into the pros and cons of each so you can make the right choice for you.
 
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  Quote groBschizer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jun 2012 at 9:42am
Thank you guys for the help! I'm still on the fence about the monitor, but have decided on a 2.1 setup. I'll take a look at the options you guys mentioned about the monitor.
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  Quote groBschizer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jun 2012 at 10:33am
went ahead an picked up the 27" Ultrasharp and the Corsair sp2500. Keyboard and mouse and I'm set. Any suggestions?
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  Quote Err0xx Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jun 2012 at 6:47pm
Originally posted by groBschizer

went ahead an picked up the 27" Ultrasharp and the Corsair sp2500. Keyboard and mouse and I'm set. Any suggestions?


Wonderful choices.

I like the Razer BlackWidow Keyboard (I saw this for $79 at WALMART!) Might wanna check that. Great keyboard for that price.

Or the Logitech one, I forget the keyboard name, but it's the one with the little screen on it. (Don't have it but have used it and loved it.)

I LOVE the Cyborg MMO7 mouse. Highly customizable with buttons out the wazoo. Great for any game, from FPS (has the sniper button) to MMO's, due to abundance of buttons. Plus changeable DPI up to 6400. Beautiful mouse that accommodates many hand sizes, to boot.

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  Quote tju76 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jun 2012 at 10:02pm
I highly recommend the razer mamba 2012 edition, wired or wireless on the fly dpi switching, macro support pretty much has everything and it is the most comfortable mouse I have ever used and I have had a lot. The thing looks amazing aswell totally customizable led lighting
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  Quote groBschizer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2012 at 4:43am
i appreciate the recommendations. i had no idea choosing a mouse was such a big decision.
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  Quote FrankW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2012 at 5:26am
Your build is way over your $2000 budget so I am going to ignore it also. If you are really locked into the $2000 budget then we will have to reconfigure.

Configuration: 696998 Cost: $3435

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.50 GHz (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core) (Requires Z77 Motherboard)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE (Intel Z77 Chipset) (Higher Overclocks and Unique Wi-Fi Features)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Dominator DHX (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 1050W Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (180GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: 520 Series)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 4GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
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H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
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Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
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The 670 4Gb GPU will be a good choice for the 2560 resolution.

Frank

Edit: I didn't notice the title of this thread. I guess you didn't need a configuration. The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 is a system I have used since 2000. Great system for computers. The two speakers come with a black cloth covered screen on the front.



Edited by FrankW - 08 Jun 2012 at 6:40am
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  Quote Asangard Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2012 at 5:26am

The keyboard Err0xx referred to is the Logitech G19 gaming keyboard.  All the keys are backlight and has 12 programable keys.  You can program each key 3 times for a total of 36 different key combinations.

 
I use the older version G15 it has 6 programable keys with 3 settings each.
 
The logitech G9x gaming mouse is also very good.  Here is a video from Newegg covering the G9x.  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104261
 
There are a lot of good keyboards and mice out there.  It's a matter of finding the ones that best fit your needs.
 
I hope this helps.


Edited by Asangard - 08 Jun 2012 at 5:27am
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Therefore, the 1st step on the Holy Warrior path,
Is to recognize thyself as thy 1st enemy.


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  Quote Krav_Mind Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Jun 2012 at 9:05am
You also might want to check out:

Max Keyboard Nighthawk-X8 Blue LED Backlit Mechanical Keyboard (Brown Cherry MX) (Macros - Backlit and other extras like turning off the windows key)

I absolutely LOVE mine.

I also recommend the Cyborg R.A.T.7 Gaming Mouse.

I own both personally.
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