$1800 Work/Light Gaming w/30" monitor (Phenom X3?)

Hi All,
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?

So far I'm considering:
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz - $147
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P - $109.99

AMD Phenom II X4 940 + GIGABYTE GA-MA7900GP-UD4H - $313.99

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB - $189.99

Kingston 4GB DDR2 800 (2x2GB) - $40
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) - 2 x $52.99 = $105.98

Antec Sonata III 500 Black w/500W PS - $119.99

WD 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB - $79.99

LG Black 6X Blu-ray/DVD/CD - $109.99
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD/CD - $24.99

Samsung 30" 305T 6ms Monitor - $999.99

Total: $1834.92

I'm most worried about my processor/ram/mobo selection, and well basically everything else. I can drop the Blu-ray drive to save cash as I mostly download anyway though.

Thanks!
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  1. If you are not playing 3d games then you may not need even a 4870 gfx card

    Newegg has combo deals for processor and mobo . You may be able to get a 940 be combo for around $290 , but if not your processor is fine

    Phenom can use faster RAM . Not a huge improvement but this might be a better way to spend $$$ than on a 3d gaming gfx card designed for high fps in fps games
  2. 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?ItemList=Combo.165024
  3. I like that 940 BE combo - changed it above.

    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?
  4. Hate to bump...but can anyone give feedback on the latest build above? I'm hoping to pull the trigger today or tomorrow. Thanks!
  5. You'd need an x2 card if you want to use both monitors, or two 4750/4670's without crossfire if you go with ati.
  6. I figured I could use the onboard video from the motherboard like xthekidx mentioned, it's got a:
    ATI Radeon HD3300 graphics built-in 128MB DDR3 1333MHz SidePort Memory

    Will that not work?
  7. cindua said:
    I figured I could use the onboard video from the motherboard like xthekidx mentioned, it's got a:
    ATI Radeon HD3300 graphics built-in 128MB DDR3 1333MHz SidePort Memory

    Will that not work?

    I'm not sure if it will work or not, but if it doesn't work you can just get a cheapo $40 GPU later and add it on. Try to see if onboard will work or not first.
  8. Thank you for your help, I bought today - with luck I'll have it Friday.
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