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Budget system, multi screen, uber poker build under $600

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January 7, 2010 6:41:21 AM

this is for a friend

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: soon unless advised to wait BUDGET RANGE: 400-600 (monitors not included in budget)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: alot of poker on multiple screens (capability for 4 screens), not for gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse and keyboard (suggestions on cheap ass monitors would be nice)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: dont have one, but have used newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: usa

PARTS PREFERENCES: need capability to run up to 4 monitors

OVERCLOCKING: some, yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: he's looking to use it mainly for playing poker on alot of screens, no joke... so we're looking at 2 gpu's w/ 4 outs
total.


here's what i got so far:

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January 7, 2010 6:57:06 AM

I don't have access to photobucket from here so I can't see the pic. But I'm building an AMD X3 computer for my wife and it's in the same price range, let me go find the parts and link them here.
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January 7, 2010 7:18:57 AM

basicly its 2 4850's, amd athlonII x4 640, asus mobo, ocz psu 700w

and i forgot the ramm



thats alittle over budget so i just put in a single 2gb stick for now. id like to get it down quite a bit price wise. i think its alittle toomuch power for what he needs but i really have no idea..
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January 7, 2010 7:20:25 AM

Ok, You didn't say anything about an operating system.. So I included it in the budget.

Case: Cooler Master 341, will get the job done right, but if you have room to spend a couple more $$ then this is where I would spend it and get a nicer case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS 785G, onboard DVI and VGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: ATI 4650, 1GB for your higher resolutions and cheap, with dual DVI's for 2 monitors
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Corsair 400, plenty of power for this system and high quality
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Athlon II X3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: 4GB of DDR3 Corsair XMS at 1.5v
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: 500GB WD Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner: Lite On OEM, pretty much any burner will work.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System: Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total for above system: $623

I don't know about the monitors, new LCD's from newegg with good resolution and size run about $140 each.
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January 7, 2010 7:24:22 AM
January 7, 2010 7:25:00 AM

If you don't need an operating system then my build above comes to $519, not bad for a whole computer with the quality and speed it will have.
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January 7, 2010 7:36:28 AM

boonality said:
Ok, You didn't say anything about an operating system.. So I included it in the budget.

Case: Cooler Master 341, will get the job done right, but if you have room to spend a couple more $$ then this is where I would spend it and get a nicer case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS 785G, onboard DVI and VGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: ATI 4650, 1GB for your higher resolutions and cheap, with dual DVI's for 2 monitors
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Corsair 400, plenty of power for this system and high quality
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Athlon II X3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: 4GB of DDR3 Corsair XMS at 1.5v
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: 500GB WD Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner: Lite On OEM, pretty much any burner will work.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System: Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total for above system: $623

I don't know about the monitors, new LCD's from newegg with good resolution and size run about $140 each.



nice build, thanks for including OS, i forgot about that.

question tho, can you run 4 monitors of this build? 2 off mobo and 2 off the card?
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January 7, 2010 7:40:25 AM

It uses both onboard graphics and a separate gpu add in card. Boonality's build and the one I linked are very similar, except the option for the 4 output vid card on mine. The processor I chose is a bit faster and has the potential to become a quad, but for online poker usually no more than two threads will be at work. Also I didn't have a DVD drive in my build, but the one you picked is fine. With the 4850x2 gpu it will come to about 625, if you choose a cheaper video card and go hybrid it will depend on the card you get. If you go that route be sure to read up on the hybrid thing, because you want to make sure the card and MB will both work together in hybrid mode, not all cards will work with all MBs that way.
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January 7, 2010 7:41:23 AM

Ya you can, exactly. For the onboard video you would use one DVI and one VGA, and for the video card, both are DVI and this will run 4 monitors just fine.
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January 7, 2010 7:44:03 AM

Hey belial2k, do you think your build (i just looked at it real fast) would be able to run 6 monitors? I wondered that when I looked it over.
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January 7, 2010 7:46:34 AM

No...4 monitors is the most you can run off one PC without specialized software and hardware.
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January 7, 2010 7:49:17 AM

Ahh... I had no idea. I've set up 3 at work before, and dual at home but never more than that. Specialized software like ultramon? or something that's more $$$ Guess I should look it up LOL.
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January 7, 2010 7:50:15 AM

He might be better off getting a LARGE 37" or greater 1080p hd lcd tv, and running multiple tables on one monitor. They would still be large enough to very legible on a screen that size at that resolution you could have 10+ tables going without a problem.
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January 7, 2010 8:13:07 AM

That's a pretty good idea, for the price of 4 regular monitors and the additional video card, so what about $600 bones, just get a nice huge monitor, or even two 30" or something and do it that way.

regular monitor x 4 at $140= $560
The vidoe card I chose was like $60.

So that's $620 for a dual 30" setup or something like that.
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January 7, 2010 8:54:40 AM

yeah, I mentioned the 37" because they are under $500 at Wal Mart...and I've seen 32" for about $350, but I'm not sure if they were 720p or 1080p. But one large monitor will give you more screen real estate than 4 small monitors.
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January 7, 2010 9:00:38 AM

Also, not sure how "savvy" the end user is but an operating system like Ubuntu should power any web browser compatible with the poker games and save about $105 off the computer build.

I actually removed the video card and operating system off of my wish list for this and am keeping this, and it comes to $450 total for the build.
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January 7, 2010 6:37:09 PM

If its a poker computer and not FPS gaming the 4850s are a bit of overkill.. You could use cards much less powerful.
Even the $30 4350 card is capable of running multiple monitors without difficulty.
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January 7, 2010 7:02:42 PM

The 4850x2 was a rec simply because the OP needed 4 monitor support from a single gpu, and the 4850x2 is the only one with native 4 monitor support. I agree he could go with a crossfire capable Mb and get two lower end cards, or go with a larger monitor and accomplish the same thing.
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January 9, 2010 1:50:29 AM

thanks for the advice ill run this buy my friend and see what he's up for.
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