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Non gaming dual monitor solution

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December 5, 2012 12:22:36 AM

Hello, I found the below build by ScrewySqrl in a low budget non gaming build thread. It's almost perfect, but I'd like to make it a dual monitor rig (still non gaming, just Office, web browsing, picture viewing etc). What would be the cheapest way of pulling that off?

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock A75M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.00 @ Adorama)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $393.94
a c 270 U Graphics card
a b 4 Gaming
December 5, 2012 12:43:36 AM

Am I missing something?
The motherboard has both a hdmi and a vga output. You should be able to use both.
If one of your monitors does not have such an input, a dvi to vga adapter is cheap.
Or use a hdmi adapter. They will be <$5.

As an alternative, pair the slightly stronger i3-3220 cpu @$ 120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
with an inexpensive H61 based motherboard.
ECS has one for $30 after rebate;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It also has both a hdmi output as well as a vga output.

That will save you enough to get a bit more ram. A 2 x 4gb kit should be about $35.
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