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September 17, 2011 9:01:39 PM

Hello everyone

Im about to build a computer to basically play online poker and use it to watch tv

my question is, do i know to buy 2 video cards, one tv tuner card and one regular graphic card

will a i3 cpu be sufficent?

Also if there any recommendations for motherboards for this type of build?

thanks

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September 17, 2011 9:16:32 PM

i3-2100 with an inexpensive H61 motherboard would be all you need. You don't need a video card because the i3 has integrated graphics. Add 4GB of DDR3-1333 1.5v ram which is dirt cheap right now.

You probably need a tv tuner card, although I have no knowledge in this area at all I have never used one.

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September 17, 2011 9:24:16 PM

Ok thanks! I'm also gonna have a 40 inch samsung attached to the computer as the monitor would the I3 graphics be enough for the tv? I wouldn't want it all blurry I'd rather have that in hd as well
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September 17, 2011 9:27:30 PM

For TV?
Go for the new AMD APUs
They are more cost effective and dont need a GPU because its already in-bulit into the processor and they support directx 11 and are capable of playing most modern day games on medium. For home entertainment they will play everything even at 1080p without a discrete graphics card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Plus they are cheaper than i3-2100
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September 17, 2011 9:30:27 PM

^This seems right. You'll need a tuner card; do some googling on that.
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September 17, 2011 9:52:57 PM

awesome ill do that.... thanks for ur help
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September 17, 2011 10:03:38 PM

so i cant find the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128517 from a local computer store.. closest one they have is http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX28545(ME).aspx
(Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H w/ Radeon HD 4250, DualDDR3 1666, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, 1394, Hybrid CrossFireX, HDMI)

Would the intergrated graphics card on both mobo and cpu be a problem?


they also have this bundle there http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-BDL_A83850_F1...(ME).aspx
(AMD A8-3850 APU Bundle w/ Asus F1A75-M PRO Motherboard)
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September 17, 2011 10:25:56 PM

sync_nine said:
For TV?
Go for the new AMD APUs
They are more cost effective and dont need a GPU because its already in-bulit into the processor and they support directx 11 and are capable of playing most modern day games on medium. For home entertainment they will play everything even at 1080p without a discrete graphics card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Plus they are cheaper than i3-2100


Cheaper??

Actually it's more expensive than what I recommended. i3-2100+H61 = $185 (Newegg prices)

Plus the i3 is only 65w, the A8 is 100w.

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