Approximate Purchase Date: (not for about 2 weeks still alot to figure out)
Budget Range: (1300-1400 (will go to about 1450 for a better monitor(s))) Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (gamming mmorpgs, surfing the internet, computer programming, word processing, listening to music (no editing though), watch movies(not blue ray) )
Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS(window 7 or vista what is better? and price is not included in the build))
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg, microcenter, (I am open to other places as it is my first build as long as they are reliable))
Country of Origin: (USA)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Intel i7 950 CPU)
Overclocking: Yes= probably the CPU into the 3.8-3.9 ghz range to start off at first (maybe more later if i get more confidence)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (im not sure if im better off getting to decent cards first and putting them in sli or cf(dont care if its cf or sli) the other option would to get one good card and in a little while get a second one and run it in sli or cf) ps see note later about monitor options
Monitor Resolution: (I'm not sure yet)
s for my monitor situation; I am in a pickle; I'm not sure if i can get two decent monitors in the $150-175 each. I would like to get two in the 19in-20in range. Obviously, I would hope that at this price I can still get two with a great picture; the other option would be to purchase one very nice monitor in the $300-350 around 24inches or so; (I would still like to be able to set up 2 in the future if I decide to go with just 1 for now) I also have a question about the graphics cards if I go with 2 monitor im not sure how i can have them hooked up.
While multitasking if i had two graphics cards one card preforming on each monitor right?
To game could would i have to turn off one monitor if I wanted both cards to switch over to work in sli or cf on the game? Is this possible to have them switch?
Two monitors and 1 graphics card works on each monitor right? (if i have only 1 GPU)
While gaming can i switch the graphics card over to only to one monitor like as stated above?
Sorry for the lengthy comment a little confused how it works as I said before first build
Ok, so minus the processor, you're looking at a $1070-$1170 budget. You could easily drop down to the i5 760 like mosox said, which would save about $20 on the processor, plus about $100-200 on mobo and RAM.
You could probably play around with some of the combos and bring it even lower if you like as well.
The case I linked has tons of space for expansion, so no problems there.
I went with the single big monitor; as mosox said, if you game across two screens, you'll have bezels right in the middle of the screen. You could play on one screen and use the second for multitasking, but the 19-20" range you're looking at would be an insult to any graphics card in your budget range. The monitor I linked is one of the better screens out there and is one of the few remaining 1920x1200 monitors at Newegg. You could conceivably add a second cheap monitor for multitasking and remain in your price range.
To answer your question about dual monitors, almost all video cards will have at least two monitor ports (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, or some combination of those). If that's the case (it is with the GTX 470 I linked), you can just plug in the monitors to the separate ports. If you only have one port of the correct type, you can either get a splitter or an adapter for one of the other ports on the card.