I'm trying to put together a general purpose rig for around $1800, so far this is what I've come up with.
Usage: Light Gaming (no FPS), Poker, Movies & TV, Web Dev Budget: $1800 or so, flexible if I'm getting much better value by going a bit higher. Vendor: Prefer newegg, but I can buy from separate sources. Already have: 24" Dell Monitor, keyboard, mouse. Caveats: I really need the workspace of a 30" monitor, and would like to use my existing 24" as a second display too. Unsure what card I should use to do this, or buy a cheapo 2nd card to drive the smaller monitor?
I'm pretty sure that 25x16 res requires 2 dvi inputs...someone correct me if i'm wrong here though.
Buy this combo, better mobo with the processor, and cheaper. That mobo has onboard graphics which I think you can use for the 24" monitor, (but might be wrong about that too,) then use the other discrete gpu for your 30" which will require 2 dvi inputs. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
I've updated the ram to 1066, and also boosted it up to 8gb total. Since I run Vmware a lot, I think it's worth the extra money.
As for the graphics, I don't play heavy FPS but I did want something that could manage some Steam games now and then. Figured the high res will be pushing any card to the limit and the 4870 1gb seems like a great value?