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~$400 dual-monitor system

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October 24, 2010 4:36:08 AM

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!
October 24, 2010 4:57:10 PM

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?
October 25, 2010 2:19:26 PM

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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October 25, 2010 2:29:24 PM

looks good, I'd buy a few fans to fill ou that antec case, but otherwise, it looks good to me.
October 25, 2010 10:43:00 PM

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!

October 26, 2010 2:31:57 AM

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........

October 26, 2010 3:35:38 AM

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........

November 2, 2010 12:26:34 AM

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