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Dual CRT Worstation help with Ram/GPU

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December 29, 2010 6:50:46 PM

My father needs a new pc and would like me to build one for him. After building my own gaming pc (5770, i7 750, 4g ram, sc2 oriented pc) I feel confident enough to build him one.

With two Samsung 997DF 19" CRT monitors ready the system will need a gpu capable of running windows 7 smoothly on both monitors with default resolution. No lag, slowness of any sorts while surfing net, writing emails or typing word documents is the ideal. There will be no gaming.

Here is the system I laid out:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886

MOBO: ASUS M4A88T-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131660

PSU: Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371023

CASE: COOLER MASTER Elite 360 RC-360-KKR1 Black Plastic (front bezel), SECC (case body) ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Thermal Master ...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119205

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

ADAPTER: Rexus DVI-VGA DVI Male Dual-link to VGA Female Adapter
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812267001

I need with the GPU and RAM. Here are my selections:

GPU1: $95.00 - GIGABYTE GV-R567OC-1GI Rev2.0 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125339

GPU2: $40.00 - GIGABYTE GV-NX84S512HP GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125242

They key factor with these cards is to be able to function with the above system in the windows 7 environment with two CRT monitors.

RAM1: $50.00 - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180

RAM2: $45.00 - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBPK
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231179

Both ramms seem Identical. I don't understand the 5$ price difference.


So that's it, I hope the build is steady and tell me what you think! Thanks!
December 29, 2010 6:59:49 PM

the difference between the ram is the cas-latency...one looks to be 8 and one looks to be 9
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December 29, 2010 7:08:57 PM

Since it isn't a gaming PC sounds like I should just get the one at $45.00. And the GPU?
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December 29, 2010 7:12:11 PM

For only $5 I would go with the CAS 8 latency. Will you see a difference? probably not but then again it is only $5 more for slightly faster RAM.

For the Graphics card, I would choose the 5670. It has way more power than the 8400 plus its a newer model. The type of monitor doesn't matter. Most likely he will be running 1280x1024 and the 5670 will be great.

Also, if you are not budget constrained, I would consider the Athlon X4 640. For $20 you get a quad core.
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