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The setup I've worked to build for ages, finally done. Both honorarily and legitimately named "extremist" per custom, and on merit. [ UPDATE: Swapped out one 24" HD for a 27" 4K ]

Not a gamer at present. Purely working with Celluloid+Ruby, maintaining F/OSS libraries, developing innovative and disruptive technologies. Kinda hard to beat the crap out of massively concurrent actor-based/evented multi-core code without a radical development environment. I deploy to the cloud and it's reasonably comparable performance, compared to needing to always develop directly on a clustered virtualized infrastructure. Everything about this setup is geared toward tuning highly sensitive actor meshes.

In one photo you see the top screen appears to look into another room. It's showing the entry security camera at 25% opacity. The background shows through and other windows go nicely over over it with me still able to see who comes and goes at the lab. Nice touch, thanks to Cinnamon's dimmer option depending on how I adjust each window's opacity by mousewheel, with the cursor hovering over the title bar.

Started with a three-head GeForce GTX 750 with a GT 730 added for the fourth display ( since the on-board graphics card is Intel, and nVidia is notoriously incapable of convenient and high-performance configurations across GPU developer ). Even with two nVidia cards, Linux/X11 with >3 displays was a nightmare no matter what nVidia driver version. Never felt just right. Always either slow or badly placed positioning, or both. Xinerama and RANDR always fought for supremacy at my expense.

Now it all "just works" ... after I replaced both with once GTX 960 Overclocked. It's perfectly configured without anything other than arrangement placements, tuned to the pixel. With that done, I'll be moving up to 4k displays in steps... starting with replacing the primary/central display, then those around it. ( UPDATE: I've added one 4k display to replace the primary screen. )

Pricing listed without the actual 8% tax involved. Shipping and rebates not included either.

Funny side-show in this build that turned out awesome without replacing the part involved ... the speakers are 5.1; but the Intel HD Audio ( Realtek ) interface on the motherboard and its connections only seemed to be 2.0 ... or are they? Thanks to hda-jack-retask my rear-pink Mic channel port believes it is a rear-orange Center LTE channel port, and my real blue Line-In port believes it is a rear-black Back channel port. That, and explicitly making my pulse configuration 6 channels versus 2, means I get true surround sound from the embedded audio card. Room filling sound at last!

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  • 52 months ago
  • 9 points

i have no idea what you said in the second paragraph but it sounds important. marvellous +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 4 points

The coolest monitor setup I've ever seen. Also seems like a good build for whatever you're doing.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'm so glad to finally get to this point.

The system you built ( and sold? ) looked awesome! Build your next yet?

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem. :-)

I never thought someone would really check out my build/s, thanks alot.

Actually, I was just going to republish my current build I've worked on since I sold the last one.

If you'd like to give me any kind of feedback you can find it here: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/TPTH99

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Commented! You sure have a knack for the aesthetics of your systems. Much respect //

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey did you have to update bios? I want to get this mb with a 4790

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

No BIOS update needed... No trouble at all. Works great.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a sick monitor setup dude, looks so damn epic. 1+

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man //

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

This is kind of the exact monitor setup I'm going for but was wondering how it would look. Glad to get a glimpse of how it might turn out. Epic setup, man, I love it! Also, the security setup is amazing.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I can definitely steer you clear of some pitfalls you'll run into. It has been a journey. What OS are you thinking? How much desk space do you have? What size screens, etc?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, the screens I'm going for is a 27" in the middle and two 23" on the sides. The top one will not be connected to the same PC, so that's not an issue. Desk space is not an issue, cause I have a pretty big table. Windows is what I'm running.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Lovely build, i like it a lot!!!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

First linux build I have seen in a while! I'm planning on making a linux build soon too, so how is Linux Mint? Would you recommend it? (+1 BTW)

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like Mint. A lot.

I started with FreeBSD 20 years ago, because of its portage system / software package manager. Moved over to Gentoo for the same reason, but that didn't last as long as BSD.

Then for the last ten years I've been using OSX and Ubuntu until going Mint full time, using OSX on my laptop. Mint+Cinnamon is far superior to Ubuntu in my opinion. It's based on Ubuntu internals, but different in many ways. Ubuntu never felt right by default, so I had installed the Cinnamon window manager in Ubuntu.

Finally I realized I needed to just try the OS that Cinnamon came from. So glad I did. Try it..

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I will! I was always thinking about getting Ubuntu, since it is the most popular, but now that you seem like Mint so much I may as well try that instead! :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

The thing about Ubuntu is that it's limited as an interface ... The actual Operating System itself is superb, and obviously so much so that Mint basically took "Ubuntu Server" and built its own interfacing scheme from that. Mint made more changes than that, but they did start from Ubuntu Server. Mint is much more polished, more "mature" ... Ubuntu is meant for new people who don't know computers possibly, whereas Mint is more geared to people who know what they want, and how they want to do it. It's most customizable, faster, and yet it benefits from the widespread compatibility of software packages who support Ubuntu.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Ive seen this setup used for vehicle simulators and have always wanted to try it out for flight sims, looks awesome man.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I've actually been thinking about gaming now & then again lately. Any game suggestions?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Not many games are supported by linux there are some but they are sort of old

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

You spent 2000 bucks on a pc and cool it with a hyper 212 evo?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually went minimal on certain things at this stage. I am between upgrades.

Along with a two step display upgrade, I'm in the middle of an internals upgrade. I started with an i3, 3 screens on a GTX 750, and no SSD. Added SSD, a GTX 960, fourth display and an i7. Now I upgrade the board, and cooling system... between the 4k display upgrade steps.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Those back grounds are sick!!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Adding another, with my newest arrangement.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Could i have a link to them by any chance ??

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

The actual JPGs? Sure. ... I'll put them up somewhere. Keep in mind they are often odd sizes and shapes.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Here you go:

https://github.com/digitalextremist/wallpapers

They average 15mb, be warned.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you know if a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 4GB Video Card will be compatible with the Rosewill Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a problem. Of course, the location of the slot on the motherboard matters -- but not that much. Worst case, you will need to arrange hard drives to make enough room. I have several drives and still have no problem. You will have 1-2 inches of clearance... it's not at all a squeeze to fit it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

??? Monitors? What....?????

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

What's up?

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