~$400 dual-monitor system

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week if bank comes through, failing that, Christmas time with gift-cards :)

Budget Range: $400 or less after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Online Poker multi-tabling, with a database program running... encoding / burning video... watching movies while playing poker...

Parts Not Required: Monitors, keyboard, mouse, hard-drive (have 1tb WD Green), Operating System

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Dual Monitors 1440x900 on each preferably

This is what I came up with, please don't hesitate to recommend something different! (Intel based maybe?)

Case: Coolermaster Elite 370 Black Mid Tower ATX Case 3X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS $45

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *2 Year Warranty* $40

Motherboard: ASUS M4A77TD ATX AM3 DDR3 AMD770 SB710 PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI IDE 6SATA Sound GBLAN Motherboard $68

Processor: AMD Athlon II x4 635 Quad Core Processor AM3 2.9GHZ 2MB L2 Cache 95W 45NM Retail Box C3 Stepping $112

Ram: OCZ OCZ3G1333LV4GK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL 9-9-9-20 Dual Channel Memory Kit $65

Graphics: XFX Radeon HD 4650 600MHZ 1GB 1GHZ DDR2 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP TV Out Video Card $60

DVD Burner: Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM $25

Card Reader: nGear Flash Card Reader 3.5IN Internal USB Black CF/SM/SDHC/MMC/MS/XD 18IN Cable $20

Case Fans:

Coolermaster R4-L4S-10AB-GP 140MM Blue LED Case Fan 1000RPM 69.0CFM 16DBA 3 Pin $12
Coolermaster R4-L2R-20AC 120MM Blue LED Case Fan 2000RPM 69CFM 19DBA 3/4 Pin x4 $40

Total $487 CDN (Prices are after rebate)

Thanks for any help!
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  1. TTT, updated my post with new information and ideas from further reading...

    Was told that quad-core is the way to go with a new build, especially if multi-tasking (which I do a lot of)

    Found I could save money with a Tower/PSU Combo equal to the amount needed for a Quad-Core processor...

    I will be using my WD 1TB Green HD in this build, it seems to be an energy saving build?
  2. Udated my configuration this morning after talking to many people saying *buy a reliable PSU!* so finally I listened...

    Final build list?

    Opinions on the video card?
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    looks good, I'd buy a few fans to fill ou that antec case, but otherwise, it looks good to me.
  4. Malmental, that looks to be a bit more than the budget ?

    $170 ATi Radeon HD 5770
    $70 4GB (2 x 2GB) G.SKILL Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1333 Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK
    $55 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB
    $130 OCZ Technology 60 GB Vertex 2 Series SATA II
    $75 Apevia X-Qboii Black Micro ATX Case (clear view)w/ Corsair 450 watt psu
    $10 120mm case fan / 5.25 bay twin fan case cooler
    $15 3.5in card reader and/or 3.5in digital fan controller
    $100 Windows 7 x64 OEM
    $705 Total with prices pulled from Newegg...

    Also, this does not include a motherboard or processor?

    Although I do thank you for bringing up a card reader, I do want one of those!
  5. Thanks !

    It sure is hard to build a rig with $400, thats for sure.

    I set a $400 budget so that I am certain to stay within my $500 budget after all the little things like fans / such.

    Great idea on the card-reader, I could just take the one out of the computer I have now, though? I'm already taking the HDD from my current computer........
  6. One more thing, I'm pondering how many case fans to buy at the same time... I realized I do plan to overclock slightly (very slightly at first) but either way, a cool case is a happy case, especially because I dont have A/C in my computer room in the summer, and ambient temps indoors reach 32C+...

    Case diagram:

    How many fans should I get?

    2 x 120mm top fans

    120mm rear fan

    120mm front fan

    2 x 120mm side fans

    That's 6 fans, overkill? How about a 4-pack of fans? I don't see anything like that on NCIX........

  7. Best answer selected by gostumpy.
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