A non-technically inclined friend of mine has tasked me with coming up with a dual monitor setup for him that he will use primarily for business/stocks etc type of uses. This will not need to run any games, but I assume it will need a decent video card to run that dual setup. I need to buy everything for about $800. If there is a significant advantage in spending a bit more, then it is a possibility.
I would like some advice on this setup, I have done a bit of searching so far and included some pieces others have recommend as well as from the latest toms $600 build price. The big thing here is that this build must include 2 monitors. There is no specific size requirement, I was thinking maybe in the 19'' range.
Some specific things:
- the build must have a wireless card, is an internal adapter the way to go? I don't have much experience with these
- Is the power supply and GPU overkill? The gamer side of me loves the price/performance of the 550 Ti and while it needs to support dual monitors, I can probably get away with less here. Same with the power supply?
- I am going off of suggestions on the motherboard, if I need to have a slot for a wireless adapter this would not work as the GPU would eat up two spots. Is there a better solution here?
- I need some guidance on the case, motherboard, GPU interaction. I feel like this build doesn't need a mid-tower, but can i fit the GPU + motherboard for a wireless adapter into a mini tower?
Obviously some of the choices I do not love right now and I am turning to these forums for some help. Especially on my last point. Also, I haven't bought a monitor in a few years, I assume a 60 Hz pair is plenty but I could use some help here. Finally, would a usb plugin in wireless stick be a good option here?
Yeah the PSU and GPU are overkill. The integrated graphics on the i3-2120 can actually run dual monitors by itself. If you're concerned with the performance of the integrated graphics then maybe go for the i3-2105, it has HD 3000 graphics instead of HD 2000.
This build is in the upper end of the budget but should be fantastic for his usage:
Intel Core i3-2105
8GB G.Skill VS 1333Mhz
Crucial M4 64GB
Seagate Barracuda 500GB
Fractal Design Core 1000 mATX Tower
SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W
LG DVD Burner
Linksys WMP600N PCI Wireless Adapter
2 x Acer G215HVAbd Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor
Total - $802.89
Top end of the budget but the i3 and 8GB should give plenty of umph for this usage and the SSD should make it feel that bit quicker. As mentioned previously as well, Intel HD can run dual monitors and this build has the slightly better HD 3000. It also all comes in a nice little mATX tower with 2 1080P monitors. It should be pretty quiet too.
@serialkiller - atm I am favoring your option of a discrete GPU and a motherboard with room for a wireless adapter. The wish list looks good but I only see 1 monitor? If we step down the monitor size can we get two of them for a similar price?
@memnarcho - thanks for that list, I am going to review the options although I still think a card that big might be overkill. I do like that case though.
should I pretty much give up on trying to fit this into a mini tower and just go with a mid-tower? get suggestions so far, I like them much better than my original choices
edit: also, should I have any concerns about running 1 monitor off of DVI and another off of VGA/hdmi (whether that comes from the motherboard or a stand alone card)? I have never run a dual monitor setup before