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July 23, 2012 12:20:19 AM

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

Are you buying a monitor: Yesish, already bought them.
Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1


Parts to Upgrade: $687 for the parts below
CASE: Antec Gaming Series one illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000

MOBO: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)

HD: OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

OPTICAL DRIVE:SAMSUNG Internal DVD Writer 22X

MOUSE: Logitech M310 Peacock Blue 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Mouse

KEYBOARD: LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard

SPEAKERS: Logitech S120 2.3 Watts (RMS) 2.0 Speaker System - OEM

Do you need to buy OS: Yesish. Already bought.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: USA

Parts Preferences: Not really. However, I am inclined towards Intel CPU.

Overclocking: No

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.
July 23, 2012 12:56:58 AM

They have the 3570 non k now chromonoid. :p 
July 23, 2012 1:12:35 AM

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?
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buy a i5 3570 even if you wont overclock, the IGP on it its a lot better (HD 4000)

so... buy this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SZ0E1K/?tag=pcpapi-20

and this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- that mobo will allow you to overclock your CPU (if you ever need to do it)

i can assure you that the HD 400 IGP will be a LOT better for multi monitors ;) 

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July 23, 2012 6:27:13 PM

For two dollars more I can get this ram. Is it worth it? G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) For the H&F, I have read good things about this one COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO What do you think? I prefer a quiet H&F. Thanks.
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hmm... you should get a heatskin if you are going to overclock, but its not really necessary (unless you plan to overclock beyond ~3.8ghz)

as for the RAM... this one is a bit better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop%20Memory)-_-Crucial-_-20148544&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

July 23, 2012 6:35:22 PM

What do you think of the advice below?
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this psu is better http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139026


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.
July 23, 2012 6:39:44 PM

The EVO is very quiet. I don't hear it at all when OCed to 4.5 GHz.
July 23, 2012 7:46:55 PM

if you can swing it, try to include a $100 for a 120/128gb ssd. for office work it will make the computer seeem "snappier" at least more than spending that money on cpu
July 23, 2012 11:48:47 PM

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.
July 24, 2012 12:31:19 AM

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.

@chromonoid
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.
July 24, 2012 8:59:30 PM

We already ordered two of these monitors Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1

I have this card already XFX Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5

The 5850 has 2xDVI, 1xHDMI, 1xDP. Correct me if I'm wrong, but one DP can support two monitors? If so, I can plug 4 monitors to my 5850? (I am willing to sell my 5850 to my bro's office comp)

On a side note. I am willing to go with the 256gb OZC SSD i put on my list if you guys think it is worth the investment. I know SSDs are faster but what kind of daily tasks benefit from SSDs most?

I have the Antec EA 380 in my home computer and it is running my XFX HD 5850 very nicely. It has better 12v rails than the Corsair 430. Should I go back to it?
July 24, 2012 9:25:43 PM
July 24, 2012 10:21:35 PM

I spoke to my brother and 256gb is enough for the computer. They are mainly doing stocks, hence the multiple monitors. So for $200, shouldn't I just go with the 256gb SSD?
July 25, 2012 8:57:46 PM

@chrmonoid
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?

ASRock H77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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