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Multimedia/productivity Build - A Few questions

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February 24, 2011 8:30:13 PM

Hi community,

I am currently building myself a multimedia/productivity desktop that will not be required to play any games. The main uses of the desktop will be practically office work and dual monitors will be required.

I am looking to have it reasonably fast (thinking of i3 series or phenom 955 BE) on a lower budget if possible (sub-700 excl. monitor; lower the better). I will also use dual monitors off one GPU and will be slightly overclocking to get value out of the build.

I already have a build outlined and I would like your guys' feedback on what you think:

CPU: i3-540
MOBO: Asus P7P55 LX
RAM: G.Skill F3-12800 (1.5 V, 9-9-9-24 timings)
GPU: HD4670 (this is the cheapest GPU I found that supports dual monitors - Looking to use 1 DVI and 1 HDMI)
HD: Caviar Black 500gb 32mb cache
Case: Thermaltake V4 ATX
Optical: random LG one
Heatsink: CM hyper 212
OS: Windows 7 HP

Total cost (of today, 24th of Feb): 604.2 (cdn)

I'm just curious whether this is the right route for what I'm doing

Thanks in advance for your feedback. :) 
February 25, 2011 9:45:56 AM

Toms actually tested dual/quad dsiplays with 780G IGP/addition of Radeon class GPU back in '08
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-780g-chipset,17...

So updated with 880G + USB/SATA 3.0 today and with some headroom to boot - no reason why u can't slot in a nice HD 6870 down the road if bitten by gaming bug hehe

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February 25, 2011 10:45:06 AM

I'd have to agree with batuchka...dual monitors is not a difficult task, even for an integrated graphics card like the 780g, or obviously the updated 880g.

That's a solid and cheap build he suggested.
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