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Building a poker computer

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April 6, 2010 2:04:55 AM

never built a computer before. most of my knowledge for this undertaking i've picked up from scouring the web over the last couple days. this machine would be solely be used to run 16+ tables on dual monitors, a system-resource intensive database program called Holdem Manager, itunes, and mozilla. i don't do any other pc gaming or heavy multimedia stuff. although i am only planning to run two monitors in the immediate future, i would like to leave open the possibility of running up to four. this factors into my choices of motherboard and video card.

let me know how these specs look.

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 905e Deneb 2.5GHz Socket AM3 65W Quad-Core Processor Model HD905EOCGIBOX - Retail -- $175
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103682&cm_re=amd_quad-core-_-19-103-682-_-Product

i selected this CPU solely because it consumes only 65W. other quad-core CPUs all drew 95W-125W .. not sure how long i have to run this machine to justify the savings? but if i'm being silly, let me know.

MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail -- $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128398&cm_re=gigabyte_790gx-_-13-128-398-_-Product

i selected this motherboard because it has 2 pcie slots, which would allow me to put in a second video card if i ever decided to run 4 monitors from this machine. but i have a question about the 'onboard video chipset' -- since i would be planning to buy a better graphics card, can i remove the one that the motherboard came with? does it matter? will its presence interfere with the function of an additional (and superior) graphics card?

GRAPHICS CARD:
this is also something i'm flat out unsure about. for my purposes, it doesn't seem i need anything remotely flashy here. should i just buy a (relatively) cheap HD 4650 card like this one ? do i need to know something about crossfire capability?

PSU:
~600W sounds like a good number? haven't got quite this far yet, as i'm still hung up about the video card.

RAM:
A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AD3U1333B2G9-DRH - Retail -- $94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

seems to be the cheapest 4gb i can get on newegg. how can i figure out if it's compatible with my motherboard?

CASE:
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail -- $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137&cm_re=cooler_690-_-11-119-137-_-Product

seems like a safe choice.

i already have HDs, DVD-drive, and peripherals.

all feedback is appreciated.
April 6, 2010 2:25:31 AM

Read http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...


Assuming you had the comp on 24/7 365 its $5.32 savings a year. So yea, kinda silly. (60w x $0.10120 per KWH(national average) x 24hrs x 365days)

Go with this combo for MOBO/CPU $275 w/ $15 MIR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU
For your needs a 4650 will work fine, though you may benefit from eyefinity in which case i'd go with a 5750 which is $120 on Newegg atm.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU wise you're fine with a 500W
OCZ Modxstream 500W is only $60 with $25 MIR atm.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM go with RipJaws. DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 for $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case an Antec 300 will work for $60



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