Help for new work PC

Approximate Purchase Date: January 2011.

Budget Range: $$500.00 CDN taxes included.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Operating Windows 7 and Office 2007 with a CRT dual monitor setup. Surfing the internet. Writing emails.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, printer.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (canadian site)

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200

Additional Comments: This computer main function is for work. It uses a dual CRT monitor setup. The goal is to be able to perform tasks without any slowness.
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  1. CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz
    RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
    GPU: GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
    PSU: Antec Basiq BP430 430W 80+
    DVD: ASUS Black 24X SATA
    DVI-VGA: Rexus DVI-VGA DVI Male Dual-link to VGA Female Adapter

    TOTAL: 497$
  2. Wouldn't any 25-50$ video card be enough for this usage? You can easily find some ATI 3450 or NVidia 8400 cards that have the necessary connectors (plus HDMI)...
  3. Actually for non gaming/2-D the IGP on 780G chipsets and later is good to go for dual displays ^^,1785-5.html
  4. Can the above setup use dual monitors even without a GPU?
  5. As Tom's has shown with the 780G back in 2008, yes
  6. So basically that particular mobo itself supports dual monitors.

    Will there be less performance inside windows (word, google chrome, emails etc) without a gpu used for dual monitors?
  7. As long as u dun get bitten by the gaming bug it's all good
  8. Alright now we're talkin'. How can I check if the mobo's monitor plugs are compatible with this monitor:

    Samsung 997DF

    I have two of these.
  9. The principle of multi displays is as such:

    @ any one time a GPU would have only 1 x Digital (HDMI or DVI) and Analog (VGA) to drive 2 dispays so with 2 x Analog i.e 2 x VGA you can either

    a. Get a digital output display
    b. Hit a cheapo discrete like this $15AR Free Ship HD 4350
  10. The motherboard has support for dual display - 1 analog (one of your CRTs) and 1 digital (the LCD if you get it). It can't run two digital displays or two analog displays, you need a dedicated video card like the one posted by batuchka above or one with a fan:
    and for the second CRT an adapter:
  11. Looks like it would be hella cheaper to just get an adapter. So if I were to get the adapter, I would not notice any performence decrease over a GPU dual monitor setup?

    if that is the case looks like the build above with an adapter is the cheapest build so far.
  12. No decrease in performance. The adptare is good if you already have the VGA to VGA cable, if not:
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