First post here, I've done my best to follow the guidelines and provide as much information as possible.
I am building a multi-purpose computer for the office, which will be used for mainly programming, web development, photoshop, etc. No gaming
Something that is very important to me is a smooth multi-monitor setup. Two monitors is minimum, if I could somehow hook up 3 monitors that would kick ass.
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP! Tonight or tomorrow, I want to get my order in before the weekend.
System Usage: Web Development, Photoshop, Virtualization of multiple OSs at once for cross-platform testing, and the usual stuff like watching movies, ripping DVDs, listening to music on a nice speaker setup.
Parts Not Required: Any peripherals including keyboards, mice, monitors, speakers, etc.
Preferred Website: I'm in Canada, newegg.ca is new and looks good
Overclocking: No. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing and don't really have any interest in getting involved with OCing. I need a stable, reliable system more than anything else.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes if this means I can get a triple-monitor setup. That would rock.
Aditional Comments: I'm not a gamer! I don't play games and I don't really have any interest in playing games.
OK so now that I have followed the rules, here is what I am thinking. I must keep this under $1000 Canadian.
This is a cheapo motherboard which seems to do everything. The thing is I don't really know! There were a lot of mobos to choose from. I don't really know which motherboard I should get and I'm certainly not tied down to any brands. What would you recommend?
OK so that's my list. What do you think? The total is $813.92 which is great! It also means I have a *little* bit of room to play with. I am very open to ideas and suggestions and am not tied down to any brands. If you want to scratch everything I have here and tell me I've done it completely wrong, please do . Remember the price is in Canadian dollars, $813 would be a little high for this system in USD
Your selections look very good so far. You obviously did some homework.
CPU-Good. You might consider getting an aftermarket cooler and overclocking a little bit. Its really not that hard, and there are lots of guides online to guide you through it. There is much more risk in building a PC than overclocking it in general, and its a free performance upgrade. The 940 overclocks very well, and it would be a shame to miss out on that boost.
MB-Good. Don't get 790FX, the only real difference is that you have a lot more PCIex16 slots, and it only makes sense for big time gamers, which you are not. the 790x will serve all your needs just fine. That gigabyte MB is one of the best for Phenom II 940. Decent cheap cooler: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
GPU-good, but the 4770 would be better, much lower power consumption. Although you don't really need that much graphics power it sounds like, so you might consider going with a 4670. If you want to hook up 3 monitors, then you will need to get two graphics cards, but don't run them in crossfire. Just use them unlinked, and you will support up to 4 monitors. When running in crossfire mode, you will only be able to use two displays. You can also get two different GPU's, like a 4830 and a 4350, using the more powerful GPU for the dual monitors.
The 4770 looks like a very powerful card but as xthekidx mentioned I don't need the power. Right now there's a 4770 in my cart but I'll have to think about if I want a 4670 instead, it's $50 cheaper. Which means for the same price I can get a 4670 and a 4350.
Great tip on the Antec Sonata! I'm going to go with that.
Thanks for the heads up about the RAM and the harddrive too. I'm going to stick with the WD but I switched out the Kingston RAM for the G-Skill.