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First Time Build, Dual-Monitor Setup, Is My List Compatible?

Building for the first time and I need some smarter people than me to check over my list. I'm a poker player looking to set up a dual-monitor display to increase the amount of games I can play at once. The graphics demands of the software aren't very high, so the idea of this build is to be really fast but not necessarily to have anything top-of-the-line in the graphics area. Thanks a lot in advance to anyone who answers; would really suck to buy the components and realize that they're incompatible.

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can

System Usage: Online poker for the most part

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, OS, speakers, office and security software (will buy later); monitors (already purchased)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Canada

Overclocking: Maybe (not planning on doing it)

SLI or Crossfire: No (don't think it's necessary for my needs)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Monitors are already purchased, so I need to work the rest of my build around having them run at the same time. There may be incompatibilities between other components that I missed, though.

Here's my list so far:

Monitors: Both are from Dell, Ultrasharp U2412M 24" 1920x1200,g:NextStep,rk:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K

GPU: EVGA GeForce 8400 GS 1GB 64-bit DDR3

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 ATX

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GBx2 DDR3 1600

Primary Storage: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 64GB

Data Storage: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black SATA DVD/ROM

Case: Antec LanBoy Air

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze

Total cost of the build looks to be around $1775 after tax and shipping for all parts mentioned above. I'm happy with that (if it works). Again, thanks for looking through this.
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  1. id recommend a much cheaper case and nicer GPU, something like this 6770
  2. I agree that you the LanBoy probably is too much case (and they are LOUD as well). The Antec Three Hundred Two would be a great case ( ).

    I think you do need a more modern GPU, but nothing as powerful as the 6770. Running multiple monitors doesn't take much GPU power, but having something efficient is good. I think a 6670 would be a good fit ( ).

    Also, the PSU I think will work just fine, but it doesn't come with a power cable, or have sleeved cabling. If that is something important to you here is a great alternative ( ). Good luck.
  3. if you don't plan on overclocking, get the i5 2400... and if you do plan on overclocking, get a cpu cooler like the cm 212 evo
  4. Cheaper case would work, for sure. I was looking for something with an actual 2.5" slot or an adapter for a 3.5" slot since that'd be just one less thing to worry about when the thing arrives. Also the case in my list has free shipping. :p Another reason I went for a more expensive case is because I'm also not sure when I need to start worrying about the built-in cooling not being enough. I'm not even sure if cooling is going to be an issue since I'm not a gamer. I could save at least $50 here though for sure.

    As for the GPU, why do you suggest a better card? I'm certainly not against upgrading (especially considering the price difference). Curious what the benefit would be though.

    @aebome- Thanks for that, case looks pretty awesome. Will look into the PSU as well.

    I guess I'll be upgrading my GPU and downgrading my CPU and case then. Cool. More money for me.
  5. similar look and great cooling case: HAF 912

    As far as the GPU, faster memory for using dual 1920x1200 monitors which, btw are great. also i believe they will steam much cleaner than the 8400.

    What type of programs are you running on the side?
  6. With my poker software I run HM2, which imports data from the hands I play to my storage drive, then updates and superimposes the statistical data over each of my tables (monitors can display up to 24 at a time). I also run a hotkey program. Besides that mostly just Google Chrome and iTunes. Don't really use much else.

    HAF model was actually one of the cases I had shortlisted this morning. Looks pretty solid, although definitely a budget case. I'll compare it with the Antec Three Hundred and probably pick between the two.

    BTW, would I be using the DVI and DisplayPort ports on the GPU? Monitors confuse me.
  7. the full tower version, the HAF X is one of the most popular full tower cases around.

    I prefer fractal design cases personally, but the HAF follows similar looks to the lanboy you had chosen
  8. if you got ati: from

    How many non-DisplayPort monitors can I use with an AMD Eyefinity technology-enabled graphics card?

    You can connect up to two non-DisplayPort monitors at one time to an AMD Eyefinity technology-enabled graphics card using non-DisplayPort connections or passive DisplayPort dongles. To enable and drive 3 or more non-DisplayPort monitors at one time, the additional non-DisplayPort monitors must be connected with an active DisplayPort dongle.
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    you wont be able to use DVI as your monitors support dvi-d and most cards use dvi-i.

    If you go with the 6770 or something similar, use and
  10. I think I'll go with this GPU:

    $100, no shipping, mail-in rebate, and all the specs I need I think. Looks good.

    Now, let me see if I understand my monitor problem here. My monitors will connect using VGA (not supported by GPU) DVI-D (not supported by GPU), and DisplayPort (supported by GPU but no DisplayPort cable comes with the monitors). If I'm understanding correctly, that means you're suggesting I buy a DisplayPort cable, which will hook up one of my monitors, and a DVI-D to HDMI adaptor cable, which will hook up my second monitor. Is that correct?
  11. The GPU is great and your explanation is how I understand everything to work with the setup, so you are correct
  12. Alright, I think I understand enough to order and not cry when my parts get here. Thanks a lot for the help. I guess if I have more questions, I'll come back to this thread.

    Thanks aebome as well for the PSU suggestion. It's actually much cheaper on the .ca Newegg, and apparently it's an all-around better PSU, so that's a cost-cut and a quality enhancement.
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