I am a heavy spreadsheet/word processing user and I want to use my dual monitors (1920 x 1080) primarily so I can have as much real estate as possible. All I'm really interested in is a system that has dual DVI outputs and a system that won't freeze when I have to move around 6 documents (PDFs, Excel, Word, Firefox, EndNote, PP) across my screen. I have no interest in games or movies.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: As cheap as possible
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (documents, internet use, mostly writing)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitors, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, but don't care COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: don't care- smaller tower would be nice.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No /
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2x 1920 x 1080 (I believe that's written 3840 x 1080?)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm probably pretty off base, so any direction is appreciated.
Personally with the price of cheap ram I can't imagine not having 4gigs but really it depends on your usage of spreadsheets and the like. Lots of engineering applications for decently accurate recursions using excel or something can require easily more than 2gb of memory.
Also your not leaving any room for upgrades assuming your not 100% satisfied with your setup so given that I would find it difficult to reccomend that case and board as it states it only can handle 2gb of memory.
That Card seems fine for what your wanting.
So thats $58
or you can get an ATI 5450 which would save you a couple bucks and if you wanted to upgrade later to 3 monitors would only require the monitor and a Display port adapter which is like $80 (less than any other 3 monitor capable hardware) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 54.99
On the negative side I think you might have to do a vga and dvi setup for this one though.
Plus Other parts about ~$370 and ~$400 if you want the 4gb of ram.
Probably saves you about 150 or so at least over pre-built and that card of yours says it should capably do what you need. Also when you calculated your media pc you didn't include a lot of necessities like a hard drive and a DVD drive easily adding another $70 which is a lot less pc than you'd get with this setup.
Only major problem with this setup is about 150 dollars in rebates are mixed in so it has a higher upfront cost if you don't buy seperately than send in the rebate than buy the next product. But seriously jump on that case 17 dollars is a STEAL.
Note: Sorry lots of it has LEDS and bright reds for colors but I picked the cheapest item that had respectable quality.
^ The video card is fine but NO to that case with that CPU...
It is many generations old, so if anything goes wrong, then you would either have to throw it away or have to search a lot for the parts to replace...
Check out this config for about $350...IMO its well worth it...
X2 245 + XFX HD 4650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Edit: 380w isn't going to work!.Thinking Cpu is normally and mobo are normally like 200W + your card is about 230w under load (just looked it up so 380w) is going to give you problems get a 550w to be safe. The PUS I recommended is 550w which leaves room for whatever and it was cheaper than most the other PUS. $40 for a name brand PUS is pretty awesome.
Sephiroth, I do know a few things about PSUs I assure you the system I laid out is going to pull on average less than 20amps 12V... far less than the CX400 can deliver. I actually did check the numbers before posting originally.
@sephiroth73003 hope you understood that the wattage alone doesnt matter for the PSU from Proximon's post...
And also as for the Antec EA 380W, it has 2x 12V rails delivering a total of about 32A, which is more than some high wattage low quality PSUs...
And also 80+ Bronze certification means it can deliver that much power with very high efficiency - which in-turn translates to power savings...