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May 25, 2011 4:20:12 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week probably
BUDGET RANGE: 200.00 US max

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: this pc is being built for audio recording but I found there wasnt a plug for a video cable

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: PSU - 450W, no GPU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Mobo - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO, CPU amd phII x4 955 BE, 4gig RAM

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: amazon, newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: it doesn't have to be spectacular, just a good deal on something midway between just works and awesome?

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe but not important

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Its my TV, 32 or 36 inch 720p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I really dont understand why my mobo doesn't have a plug for video, I read in my instruction manual that there were some accesories I could buy, like a COM port, is that what I am looking for?

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a c 153 U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 4:25:49 AM

What is the exact specs of that power supply.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 4:29:21 AM

The M4A79XTD EVO should have two ports for video cards. Its the dark blue one near the center/closest to the CPU socket, and that faint blue one three slots to the left.

http://www.amazon.com/Socket-Generation-Motherboard-M4A...

Better question is why are you buying a video card for audio recording?
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a c 153 U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 4:30:48 AM

I think he meant the motherboard doesn't have its own onboard VGA.
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May 25, 2011 4:33:51 AM

Is this going to be solely for audio recording and editing? No video editing or gaming?
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May 25, 2011 4:42:26 AM

Yes sorry, I didn't know exactly how to phrase it, it does have those two slots, but I need somewhere to plug my monitors vga cable so I can display whats going on, I guess that would be called onboard VGA, which it looks as though my manual is telling me to either buy a COM port accessory for this or I need a videocard.

I dont need anything badass, just something capable of doing a little, the main use for the PC will be audio recording but I may get into some video editing, nothing thats going to hollywood, maybe just a few youtube videos here or there. also I may want to pop a movie in there from time to time, the machine is in my bedroom, it would be nice to have that capability.

As far as the complete specs for the PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 175 U Graphics card
May 25, 2011 5:23:55 AM

PSU is junk, get a new one. I'm not aware of any headers you can buy that will give you video abilities, so just get whatever cheap card you want. The 5450 that was linked will be fine.
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