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best first rig for under $1000? OPINIONS WANTED :D

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July 11, 2013 11:25:58 PM

My main question is: Will the cpu and gpu combo support two monitors? any other feedback is awesome.
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CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.09 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: NZXT FS-200RB-BLED 89.5 CFM 200mm Fan ($18.16 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS198D-P 19.0" Monitor ($95.24 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS198D-P 19.0" Monitor ($95.24 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-K6800 Wired Standard Keyboard ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Cobra 9897005984104 Wired Optical Mouse ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $951.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-12 02:22 EDT-0400)
July 11, 2013 11:30:20 PM

Is this rig for gaming? If so, for that budget and the monitors etc you added, you would be much better off with an AMD build.

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July 11, 2013 11:39:01 PM
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If you want two or more monitors you better go with 7870-7950. As suggested, an AMD build will be perfect for gaming (on more than one monitor).

Also, don't always count on the prices you listed. It will probably be more than $1000.
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July 11, 2013 11:40:49 PM

Yes the rig is for my intro into pc gaming, but I am also just looking for an overall fast computer that I am multitask with ease (hence the two monitors) I know an AMD build might give me some better options, but from the beginning I wanted the new haswells so that is why choose this. So do you think it can support two monitors, remember just for multitasking.
July 11, 2013 11:43:30 PM

If it's just for multitasking then I think you're good to go. But don't expect to play mid-heavy games on two monitors with only 1GB GPU RAM.
July 11, 2013 11:44:03 PM

jospe said:
Yes the rig is for my intro into pc gaming, but I am also just looking for an overall fast computer that I am multitask with ease (hence the two monitors) I know an AMD build might give me some better options, but from the beginning I wanted the new haswells so that is why choose this. So do you think it can support two monitors, remember just for multitasking.


If it's just for multitasking, you'll do absolutely fine! The Intel iGPU supports three monitors alone, so that GPU can handle it with ease. You'll also get decent fps on low-medium settings on newer games with that card, too.
July 11, 2013 11:45:08 PM

Bear in mind gaming on two monitors isn't as option, so you'll always be gaming on one, meaning the fps should be fine at lower settings on FPS games.
July 12, 2013 12:01:49 AM

sophiebeth100 said:
Is this rig for gaming? If so, for that budget and the monitors etc you added, you would be much better off with an AMD build.



sophiebeth100 said:
Bear in mind gaming on two monitors isn't as option, so you'll always be gaming on one, meaning the fps should be fine at lower settings on FPS games.

thanks for the feedback, but one last question. If I switch to AMD what are the major advantages?

July 12, 2013 12:09:28 AM

jospe said:
sophiebeth100 said:
Is this rig for gaming? If so, for that budget and the monitors etc you added, you would be much better off with an AMD build.



sophiebeth100 said:
Bear in mind gaming on two monitors isn't as option, so you'll always be gaming on one, meaning the fps should be fine at lower settings on FPS games.

thanks for the feedback, but one last question. If I switch to AMD what are the major advantages?



If you switch to AMD you'll be able to afford a better GPU which does the bulk of the work when gaming anyway. AMD is an excellent option for people on a budget who want the best performance they can get for their money.

On a side note: Just noticed you've chosen a Z87 board for your build. You aren't overclocking so just grab a H87 board instead - they're cheaper.
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