SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, watching and some editing of videos, large spreadsheets, general home, business, and internet use. No gaming. It's common for me to have about 10 applications open at the same time, including dozens of browser windows.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitors.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Prefer Microcenter and Frys because they're local.
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Three monitors, all 23” and 2048 x 1152
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A quiet, energy efficient PC would be great. This is my first build, so I'd like to buy everything at the local Microcenter or Frys (so I can easily take stuff back if I have any problems).
I've been doing tons of research into components, and here's what I have so far:
Silmarunya - is the 5850 really necessary for someone who doesn't do any gaming?
I see that the 5850 cards cost about $300. I could get one to run all three monitors (using a $100 active DP to DVI adapter). So, the cost of the 5850 plus the dongle will be double the cost of two 9800GTs. And, I'll have to deal with the silly dongle.