Registered: Sep 2008
07-31-12 09:01 PM
I agree with Scata. I think it is prudent to look for motherboard that offers more than 1 PCIe X16. Many of the ready-made boxes from Dell, HP, e-machine, etc. that you can pick up from a store... from what I have seen, typically give you 1 PCIe X16 slot. It is too limiting. Many of the motherboards sold for DIY people, from what I have seen, have 3 PCIe X16 slots plus a mix of the old PCI and PCIe X1.
I think you can start with the processor. Get an Intel i5 second generation. It will be a decent speed. Then a motherboard with the right socket. Then the memory (8GB), chassis, power supply, DVD-RW, hard disk or SSD, etc (those would become trivial).
RE: Video cards... I am in the camp who believes in multiple, inexpensive cards instead of 1 quad card or 1 hex card. Those are expensive to purchase, as well as to replace. If these monolith card goes out, all your monitors are black. If you, say, use 3 el cheapo 8400 GS (each drives 2 monitors)... if one of those goes out, only 2 of your 6 monitors are black. You can continue to work until the market is closed to deal with the repair. Buy a spare. Only $30.