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I have decided that the best way to help out my aunt is to build her a new PC. She currently has a netbook and a P4 Dell Dimension XXXX that is having some hardware issues (mobo is finicky and I am afraid that it might die soon) so this will be a BIG upgrade for her.

Before I explain the build in mind, I need to know if an integrated graphics solution can run 2 displays off the rear I/O or if I need a video card to do this... nevermind you can't do that! looks like I need a cheap 2xDVI (most-likely) monitor...
The budget is between $500 and $700.

No monitors, no speakers, no mouse/keyboard and no fancy stuff. But this build is for work on 2 monitors in HD res. (do not have monitors yet, but her work will pay for them under their new program). I do not know how much they will pay per monitor, but my plan is to design a build that could potentially power 2 1080p monitors.

My idea is a PC that has at least 4 GB ram, must run Windows 7 Pro x64 for backwards comparability with legacy programs, and must run 2 monitors. However, much of the work is online program based though a virtual machine on .... get this.... Windows Server 2000 and other VPN clients.... so I don't think the CPU needs to be super powerful.

The rest (CPU/RAM/MOBO/(GPU)/HDD/CASE) is up in the air. I was thinking an i3 or i5 or even siding with an AMD Phenom 2 x4 or x6 since they are cheaper. The CPU will be bought at MicroCenter and maybe even the Mobo if I can get it for less than newegg.

I currently have bought the following: (woot )
Antec Modular PSU
DVD Burner (for OS and massive CD collection).

Here is my current newegg wishlist....feel free to change anything.

Lastly, thank you for helping!
Edited by SOCOM_HERO - 5/26/11 at 8:07pm
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I'd go with

This since she's not really going to need a modular PSU.

If she's only going to be using it for general things and not gaming then i'd edge towards the i3 and get a nice high clock on it.

You'll not be able to run 2 screens on the on board GPU. You'll need a seperate card for that. You could probably get a cheaper GPU than the GT430.

As for the case, just get something small and has a couple of fans. The i3 runs so cold it's rediculus


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5770 on sale @ newegg for 70, buch better card. I would get a samsung spinpoint f3 instead of the caviar blue.

cpu i3-2100 $100
ram Avexir from mwave (2x2gb) $30
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch...0240-pin%20pc3
psu already have...
gpu 5770 $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=14-150-447
HDD spinpoint f3 (i know this is carried for 55 somewhere, just can't remember where) 55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2152185&Tpk=f3
mobo $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...MSI-_-13130588
lastly pick whatever case you want, should come to 330+psu+case.

Funnily enough, this is also a good htpc build

If you want a cheaper card I'd go with a 210 perhaps for 35?
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You will need some sort of GPU to be able to run both monitors. IGP doesn't have the inputs usually.

The build on Newegg looks quite good for a basic budget build actually. Just make sure she can't get windows 7 off work for a discounted price. Might save over $100 there.

I would go with the i3. But I've always been intel. An AMD CPU here will do more then enough for the job at hand. What ever is cheaper really. But that comes down to personal preference and budget in the long run.

Either way I highly recommend a Gigabyte board whether you go for a AMD or Intel build. I''ve never had any issues with them, they are reliable and usually the same price as other vendors.
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I'd go with

This since she's not really going to need a modular PSU.

You'll not be able to run 2 screens on the on board GPU. You'll need a seperate card for that. You could probably get a cheaper GPU than the GT430.

Comps
DARN! Well, that makes sense, but I thought I'd throw that out there anyway. and she already bought the PSU, got it on sale for $45...so good enough deal for me not to have a cable mess.

Quote:
Originally Posted by hellboy_101 View Post

The build on Newegg looks quite good for a basic budget build actually. Just make sure she can't get windows 7 off work for a discounted price. Might save over $100 there.

I would go with the i3. But I've always been intel. An AMD CPU here will do more then enough for the job at hand. What ever is cheaper really. But that comes down to personal preference and budget in the long run.

Either way I highly recommend a Gigabyte board whether you go for a AMD or Intel build. I''ve never had any issues with them, they are reliable and usually the same price as other vendors.
I'll ask about that windows discount if it is possible. I can't get anymore copies from my school since we have a limit of 1 per student. Looks like the i3 or a similarly priced AMD will do the job then.
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Oh I didn't see she already had it.

I'm sure it'll do the job fine, I'd just stick with 4Gb of memory, you don't need ripjaws tbh, somethign a bit cheaper. A nice i3 that you can overclock. I'd go with the 1156 chipset myself, and you're laughing.

I would however get rid of the blue drive. go with the samsung F3 1TB.

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any other opinions on a GPU for cheap that would do the job of driving 2 potentially 1080p monitors?
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