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March 13, 2014 7:37:22 PM

Im new to PC building and am doing my first build. I need help choosing the cheapest graphics card that can handle my requirements. I'd like to find one around $230 or less.
Requirements:
Moderate gaming(Medium-high settings, couple hours a week)
high multi-tasking(multiple programs open i.e photoshop)
Entertainment/Web browsing(smooth web browsing, smooth video playback)
Dual monitors (graphics card that supports dual monitors)

My parts list:
Motherboard:MSI Z87M-G43 micro ATX.$104.99
CPU:Core i5 4670K 3.4GHz....................$189.99
Graphics Card:ASUS GTX 660...............$219.99 <--Is this overkill, or in the ballpark?
Hard Drive:WD 1TB 7200 RPM...............$59.99
SSD:Samsung 120GB.............................$89.99
RAM:CORSAIR 8GB...............................$89.99
Power Supply: CORSAIR 600W.............. $69.99
Case:Corsair Obsidian 350D..................$99.99
Monitor(s):ASUS VX228H 21.5"...............$279.98 <--For 2 monitors
Keyboard/Mouse:Rosewill.......................$30
OS:Windows 7........................................$99?

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March 13, 2014 7:45:38 PM

750 ti or 750. Unless your like a "gamer" who's gonna game all day err day, you dont need much. and med-high at 1080p is exactly what the 750 ti does best. plus the 750 ti is the quietest and most energy efficient solution your gonna find. and its like 160$
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March 13, 2014 7:46:20 PM

oh and make sure you het a 2Gb card, for the second screen and all.
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March 13, 2014 7:46:50 PM

TheFluffyDog said:
750 ti or 750. Unless your like a "gamer" who's gonna game all day err day, you dont need much. and med-high at 1080p is exactly what the 750 ti does best. plus the 750 ti is the quietest and most energy efficient solution your gonna find. and its like 160$


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March 13, 2014 7:47:41 PM

TheFluffyDog said:
oh and make sure you het a 2Gb card, for the second screen and all.


Wait, what do you mean exactly?
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March 13, 2014 7:50:27 PM

Teddy G said:
Im new to PC building and am doing my first build. I need help choosing the cheapest graphics card that can handle my requirements. I'd like to find one around $230 or less.
Requirements:
Moderate gaming(Medium-high settings, couple hours a week)
high multi-tasking(multiple programs open i.e photoshop)
Entertainment/Web browsing(smooth web browsing, smooth video playback)
Dual monitors (graphics card that supports dual monitors)

My parts list:
Motherboard:MSI Z87M-G43 micro ATX.$104.99
CPU:Core i5 4670K 3.4GHz....................$189.99
Graphics Card:ASUS GTX 660...............$219.99 <--Is this overkill, or in the ballpark?
Hard Drive:WD 1TB 7200 RPM...............$59.99
SSD:Samsung 120GB.............................$89.99
RAM:CORSAIR 8GB...............................$89.99
Power Supply: CORSAIR 600W.............. $69.99
Case:Corsair Obsidian 350D..................$99.99
Monitor(s):ASUS VX228H 21.5"...............$279.98 <--For 2 monitors
Keyboard/Mouse:Rosewill.......................$30
OS:Windows 7........................................$99?


That's about right in the ball park, although i would recommend maybe finding a slightly cheaper case, unless of course your attached to it for some reason, and put the extra money into a GTX 760 for just about $30- $40 more. Better bitrate, more cores, and def worth the few extra bucks. also make sure when you buy memory, buy an 8gb kit with 2x4gb sitcks... u need 2 sticks in the slots to enable dual channel, and using only 1 stick cuts your memory speed in half.

hope this helped, good luck with your first build!
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March 13, 2014 7:56:24 PM

Might as well treat yourself with some decent graphics setting if you have the budget of around $220 for the GPU.
GTX 760 is more worth for the dollars.
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?usaffiliateid=100003150...
or GTX 750 Ti if you really want to cut down on your GPU, which I don't see why, but alright.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IDG3PRI
if you want to stay in the same budget but perform better than GTX 660, then R9 270X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Update: BTW, get this PSU instead, is has a better quality
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 13, 2014 8:01:52 PM

IDontUnderstand said:
Might as well treat yourself with some decent graphics setting if you have the budget of around $220 for the GPU.
GTX 760 is more worth for the dollars.
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?usaffiliateid=100003150...
or GTX 750 Ti if you really want to cut down on your GPU, which I don't see why, but alright.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IDG3PRI
if you want to stay in the same budget but perform better than GTX 660, then R9 270X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Update: BTW, get this PSU instead, is has a better quality
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Im trying to my the build as cheap as possible, so if it satisfies my requirements, then its good enough for me. Im not a hardcore PC gamer so graphics arent my top priority. I just need something that makes my PC run smoother.
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March 13, 2014 8:08:15 PM

I see.
May I ask if you're planning to overclock? If not, you should get i5-4570 or i5-4670 and a H87 motherboard, that will save you about $50-$70.
You should still upgrade the PSU to the one that I have suggested, it's cheaper and worth the change.
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March 13, 2014 8:14:16 PM

IDontUnderstand said:
I see.
May I ask if you're planning to overclock? If not, you should get i5-4570 or i5-4670 and a H87 motherboard, that will save you about $50-$70.
You should still upgrade the PSU to the one that I have suggested, it's cheaper and worth the change.


My answer is, maybe. I dont think I will be overclocking right away, but maybe in the future. I know I can make the build cheaper by doing what you suggested, but I feel like I need the wiggle room for the future.
I will also look into the PSU you suggested.
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March 13, 2014 8:33:47 PM

Just make sure you purchase an aftermarket CPU cooler before you start overclocking.
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