Hello everyone! First of all I want to say thank you to all who have contributed to this forum. I have learned so much from reading the threads on here. I have picked out all the parts necessary already, after doing a lot of research. Please take a look and let me know what you guys think. Also please check out the additional comments section. Thank you!
Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of this month (July).
Budget Range: $600. However, I don't mind if the price trickles over $600 including shipping.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Office use, stock markets, multiple web browsers, youtube
Parts Preferences: Not really. However, I am inclined towards Intel CPU.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Since this computer will not be gaming or photoshoping, I understand that the i5 IGP is enough for dual monitors. Eventually we will get two more monitors after a year. Should I buy a dedicated GPU then?
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: We need a fast computer that can handle mulitple monitors for our business.
That is a very good suggestion. Right now newegg has a deal for the 3570k at $215, the same as amazon. I'm thinking of going with the egg so all my orders can be from one place. I can fit the mobo you suggested in my budget. I won't be overclocking for awhile, but when I do, should I get a new heatsink&fan? Also, should I change my current RAM to a better one?
buy a i5 3570 even if you wont overclock, the IGP on it its a lot better (HD 4000)
i would also suggest getting a board with heatsinks on the pwm for safety and stability, and i think that the only intel IGP that supports multi monitor is the 4000, and getting a dual core with HT would be better for most things and especially better if you are using the IGP unless you get an IB. you also have to check the MB to see if it supports dual monitors. you also cannot get a streached desktop from intel so it is not a good idea to go intel IGP for multi monitor.
Since I am building this computer with the long term goal of having 4 monitors, I think I will have to buy a GPU. What do I need for a 4 monitor setup?
If I were to get the i3-2100 and the asrock mobo, the system price will be $400 instead of $610. That leaves me with $200 to spend on GPU. I also have an XFX radeon HD 5850 1gb DDR5 in my personal system that I can sell to my brother for this computer. Will that 5850 be enough for eventually 4 monitors? If not I can use the $200 I saved on a new card.
I made some more changes to my list. Please take a look. I went back to my original i3-2100 and asrock mobo which freed up some money. I also replaced the HDD with an SDD. I believe this switch will be worth it and the one I chose is the fastest and best average reviewed I could find within my budget. The last big change is the addition of the GPU. AMD's website chart says the card I chose is in the category of AMD GPU's that can support up to 6 monitors. What do you all think? Also made a change to the PSU.
I would love to get that card but it is overkill. Did you check out the link above your post. It is a link to AMD's website of a chart that shows which cards can support how many monitors. The GPU i added should be good enough.
We are getting a 120gb SSD ($95) since they already have an external HDD.
So, after talking to an AMD rep, I found out that Eyefinity is not what I need because eyefinity creates one big desktop. What I need, for stocks, is 4 monitors that are extended monitors. I will use my 5850, since it has 2xDVI and 1xDP, for my first 3 monitors. Then I will get another cheap card, 5450 for the 4th or even 5th monitors.
However, this leads me to another problem. Selecting a motherboard with 2xpcie slots. This board is the best I could find on newegg that is within my budget. What do you guys think?