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$900 Gaming Build for a Dual Monitor setup. Need some feedback

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July 28, 2012 10:29:38 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)

Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.55 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($237.49 @ CompUSA)

Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.00 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.98 @ NCIX US)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Total: $890.63


1).Can this rig handle 2 monitors? Do I need to make any adjustments to the PSU or Video Card in order for it to handle them?

2).Am I sucking out on the motherboard, should I go for a better model?

Any other feedback is also appreciated. Thank you.

Edit - Usage - Mostly gaming and movies. Will not be oc'ing.
July 28, 2012 11:35:55 AM

Everything looks pretty good, though a 500 watt PSU would suffice for powering the 7850.

It will handle two monitors, but generally won't suffice for gaming on both monitors at the same time.
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July 28, 2012 11:47:42 AM

Merueth said:
Everything looks pretty good, though a 500 watt PSU would suffice for powering the 7850.

It will handle two monitors, but generally won't suffice for gaming on both monitors at the same time.


Thank you for the information.

Motherboard and PSU are the only components I was worried about.
I have seen a lot of people recommend the AsRock z77 extreme. Is it really worth the extra 30-40$ compared to my motherboard, or can the h77M Micro Atx for $75 do the job for an i5 3450 processor and an hd 7850 card.
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July 28, 2012 11:57:03 AM

Your mobo is fine. The Extreme 4 has an exceptional overclocking utility; however that feature is negated because you are using a locked processor. The H77M is more than enough for a 3450.

Just a suggestion, you may want to wait a few more weeks before buying, as the GTX 660/660 Ti should be out by then, most likely dropping the price of both the 7850 and the 7870 respectively.
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