AV Church Build for ~$800



SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:  The system will be an AV control center for a church. As such, below are it's primary usages:
1. Presentation Software and web-based HD (720) videos to a new projector and 23” monitor
2. Basic audio provided to a mixer
3. Some Digital Video editing
4. Limited Multi-tasking and no gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, speakers


1. Antec case (if not cost prohibitive)
2. 23” Monitor
3. It would be great if the Video Card could outputs to 3 devices at the same time (primary monitor, secondary monitor, and a projector that replicates the secondary monitor)
4. Planning on using Windows 7
5. 2x Hard Drives in Raid 1 for data redundancy (at least 300 GB)


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Only if it will expand the options for adding a second monitor (in addition to the primary monitor and projector)

MONITOR RESOLUTION:  Monitor Max would be: 1920x1080. Projector Max would be 1280x800

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:  I am still coming up to speed on how to get the best video quality to the projector (~50 feet away). An existing VGA cable is at a drop but I can run something different if needed. Will The VGA cable restrict the capabilities of a projector like the one below?

Many thanks!
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  1. Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129039
    $100 Antec Minuet350 HTPC case (has a 350W PSU)
    MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128397
    $90 Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H (has an optical out for sound)HDMI, VGA, and DVI
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103687
    $68 AMD Regzor X2 245
    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189
    $75 G.Skill DDR3 1333 2x2GB
    DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136167
    $25 22x DVDR/RW LG
    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152096
    $50 Samsung HD322HJ 320GB
    Vid: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150393
    $55 XFX HD-465X-YAF2 ATI 4650
    Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236050
    $170 ASUS VW224U (there are no 23" monitors)

    Total no OS: $633 + S&H (not counting MIR, or combo/specials)

    Don't bother with the RAID, just remember to do backups frequently. (I recommend an external for backups anyway, so it can be stored elsewhere)
  2. Cant give much advice on parts specifically. Id go for a cheap system, SLI motherboard (sorry 1video card will only do 2 screens at a time so you will need 2 video cards.) Go for a light dual core processor. that's all you will need. 2gb ram as usual, for video card since there will be no gaming I recommend getting 2 simple cards that are power efficient.

    From your post I presume that you have sufficient knowledge about configuring a system, so good luck for part hunting.

    Any further questions, just ask

    Otherwise, you could get a motherboard with onboard video, and one loose video card, (not needing SLI board then). That might save some money. One bugger is though that performance will be different on the screens, (onboard vs PCIE), but since you wont be gaming you probably wont notice a difference at all.

    Further, Nice Projector. VGA will be limited, I do believe that it will still work at 50 feet, but that it will be rather unpractical to stretch 50feet of VGA cable (they are pretty thick) through a church. You could consider composite video, (tulip at both ends) but im not sure if you can get that resolution through there. (I believe composite does only 480P but im not sure)

    What IH8U said, i believe that system is overdone, Video card, ram, Looks more like a gaming rig. I do agree with his processor choice and the comment about no raid, and doing frequent backups.

    Good luck
  3. The build I posted is more of an HTPC build, It's an updated 780G board with an ATI 4200 onboard instead of the 3200. The secondary vid card was added since he wanted to display to 3 monitors at once. You might be able to do 3 with the onboard, but 1 of those needs to have an HDMI input.

    *EDIT* This projector would probably serve a bit better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824248056
    $680 Mitsubishi HC1600
    It has an HDMI port, and displays in 720P, besides the lamps are cheaper to replace than that epson.
  4. over good build from Ih8u, but unless you need to put this on an audio rack there is probably no need to get a HT case. It will be cramped and hard to work with. I would go with something that is a little roomier, cooler, and quiet. Something like this
  5. Well actually our very own forums did a 780G + HD 3450 quad monitors config:

    The basic rule IIRC is:
    IGP = 2 display , 1 digital and 1 analogue
    Discrete = ditto
    so you cannot say run a DVI and HDMI from either of em ^^

    Though i think a Regor would prolly be fine you get a really decent video editing chip with a meagre top up so my thoughts:
  6. ^ what are you on about? of course you can run 2 digital outputs from a single card, why the heck do you think they put both there?

    IMO, get a 4550 and a VGA splitter cable, the 4550 should come with a DVI-VGA adapter.
  7. TS needs to drive 3 displays
  8. Just don't turn on the hybrid crossfire (disable it), and it'll work like 2 cards. Usually most churches use an AV rack, that's why I listed that case. However an Antec 300, and a decent Antec PSU (the earthwatts EA380 comes to mind) won't set you back much more than what I listed.
  9. ^ yeah, and one is a copy of the other, so one single output to a 23" monitor, and an output through the VGA splitter, one end goes to another 23" monitor, and another goes into the projector.
  10. Actually i rather liked your Antec Minuet - looks classy in a church and not stick out like a sore thumb like a garden variety gaming rig hehe
  11. lol...sorry, I didn't realize churches use av racks....I would catch on fire if I stepped foot inside of one.
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