I'm going to offer a drastically different approach, using the graphics processing integrated into the Sandy Bridge CPU. The integrated Intel HD 2000 video beats the $24 video card you listed.
Also check this article for some pretty good comparisons of price vs performance for sub-$200 CPU's. Granted this comparison was largely based on performance in games, but both the I3-2120 (@ $150) and the I3-2100 (@ $129) beat the X4 955 Black, even in what they used to approximate a multitasking situation.
Unfortunately that motheboard was one of the first to come up for sale after the recall, so I guess it sold like crazy because it is out of stock atm on NewEgg. In order to take advantage of the integrated video on the CPU you would need an 'H67' chipset, but it doesn't really matter which one. There is another H67 motherboard on NewEgg for $90 from MSI, but I passed on that one b/c it only has 2 RAM slots for a max of 16GB. You can decide if that's a gating issue for you or not. I would wait I'm sure either the BioStar or another brand will pop back in there soon.
(vs $24 for GeForce 210)
Hard Drive from your build
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
You get a better processor, for less total money.
If the Intel HD 2000 graphics integrated into the CPU turn out to not perform up to your expectations then you have plenty of money left to drop in the video card of your choice with no reconfiguration required. But if you decide you need video of a higher caliber than the integrated graphics allow then you have enough left over to select something more powerful than the GeForce 210 that was listed originally.
OK this creates some new questions, I have always purchased amd so i dont really know much about intel processors, looking at the biostar motherboard there is no video chipset on it, the chipset is on the processor I hope i got that right. Now for two questions 1. is the sandy bridge processor using it for video linux compatible (I ask because i switched to PcLinuxOs about 5 months ago and am still learning) 2. the last is there are 3 video ports on the motherboard d-sub, dVI, HDMI, If I understood your post correctly the Sandybridge will push both of the d-sub and the dvi at the same time for dual monitors, does this disable the hdmi or is it still functioning. I guess i better make that three questions what kind of video quality am i looking at, I am not looking to build a super gaming rig but I do want to have decent usable graphics.
OK this creates some new questions, I have always purchased amd so i dont really know much about intel processors, looking at the biostar motherboard there is no video chipset on it, the chipset is on the processor I hope i got that right.
Correct. It's in the CPU.
John Argent said:
Now for two questions 1. is the sandy bridge processor using it for video linux compatible (I ask because i switched to PcLinuxOs about 5 months ago and am still learning
2. the last is there are 3 video ports on the motherboard d-sub, dVI, HDMI, If I understood your post correctly the Sandybridge will push both of the d-sub and the dvi at the same time for dual monitors, does this disable the hdmi or is it still functioning.
You should be able to pick any two of the three outputs to use.
HDMI and DVI would be my first choices (especially if one monitor has speakers).
Here is a link to the Motherboard's page w/ a manual for download. It mentions in there that any 2 of the 3 can be used.
John Argent said:
What kind of video quality am i looking at, I am not looking to build a super gaming rig but I do want to have decent usable graphics.
Here's a blurb from Intel's literature... obviously you have to consider the source.
*Intel HD Graphics 3000 delivers immersive and casual mainstream gaming capabilities with entry-level discrete graphics card performance without an additional graphics card or chip.
*Intel HD Graphics 2000 which your delivers casual mainstream gaming capabilities without an additional graphics card or chip.
I'm not recommending this route b/c the graphics are great for gaming. I'm recommending it because it's at least as good as the low end GTX 210 card you were going to put in there plus it's cheaper, quieter, and puts more money into the CPU. If it cost more I wouldn't recommend it b/c you would run the risk of not liking the results and then you would be in for even more money.
But it's a nice machine, with two monitors, for $887. The only risk that see is that if you don't like it then you'd have to add a video card... but you were planning that anyway. So I'm just suggesting that you delay that purchase, give the integrated graphics a shot, and if it's not enough then you get a video card. No loss there because you have ~$110 of overhead left from your original build.
My only advice would still be that if/when you get a video card try to move up the ladder a bit from the GTX 210. You probably have friends who have better video cards than that sitting in old PC's in their basement that you could get for free.
Also one sidenote, there has been some discussion on several linux forums that people with the sandy bridge Intel integrated graphics have had video working fine, but have not been able to use the 3d graphics features. This seems to be resolved with any linux build based on linux kernel 2.6.34. I don't think think PCLinuxOS has updated to that kernel yet but others have (openSUSE for one) so PCLOS shouldn't be far behind.
I don't have much to say about them one way or another... aside from the fact that the MSI H67 board listed on NewEgg only has two momory slots, so 16Gb total. Doesn't sound like this build would be really limited by that, but that would be one reason to wait.
For what it's worth the MSI P67 boards also went out of stock for about 2-3 days but they're back now. Not sure if BioStar will restock as quickly or not.
I'm literally amazed that Gigabyte hasn't gotten a single sandy bridge motherboard to NewEgg yet. They have to be missing out on millions as a result... there was months of pent up demand waiting for those to release.