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December 11, 2010 1:48:13 PM

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: newegg.ca (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.

More about : work

December 11, 2010 9:38:47 PM

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
MOBO: ASUS M4A88T-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
GPU: GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
PSU: Antec Basiq BP430 430W 80+
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
CASE: COOLER MASTER Elite
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
DVD: ASUS Black 24X SATA
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
DVI-VGA: Rexus DVI-VGA DVI Male Dual-link to VGA Female Adapter
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

TOTAL: 497$
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December 12, 2010 1:05:04 AM

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)...
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December 12, 2010 2:48:22 PM
December 12, 2010 5:24:05 PM

Can the above setup use dual monitors even without a GPU?
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December 12, 2010 5:33:24 PM

As Tom's has shown with the 780G back in 2008, yes
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December 12, 2010 5:51:36 PM

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?
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December 12, 2010 5:52:30 PM

As long as u dun get bitten by the gaming bug it's all good
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December 12, 2010 6:38:59 PM

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 12, 2010 10:09:37 PM

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.
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