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post #1 of 13
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I am building a Gaming PC with a really tight $900 budget. Right now I have all of the parts planned out and am ready to buy, just one hitch.

I only have enough for either a good graphics card, or a good LCD monitor.

The choice is between a HD4850 GPU, or a 19"-xx"(whatever I can find in the $150 price range) LCD monitor.

If I get the card, I will be using an old fatty monitor, but if I get the monitor I will be using a very old 32mb PCI graphics card, or something that I can find for pretty damn cheap online to hold me off until I can raise the money for the other piece.

Right now I'm leaning toward the graphics card personally, your input?
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post #2 of 13
I will say good monitor. Prices on graphics cards will fall faster than monitor prices. There are also other benefits to a larger monitor than just games. But thats my opinion and I dont game... Look into the Acer 22in which is around $210 right now.
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post #3 of 13
Go with the Video card. can always play it on what you have now. Save and buy a LCD later...
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Samsung 850 EVO 500gb, 840 EVO 250gb, 840 Pro 1... 1 TB something.. Asus CD/DVD Drive Custom Water Loop cooling CPU and GPU 
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Windows 7 Asus 24" VG248QE 144hz, Asus 24" VE247H Razer Blackwidow Ultimate XFX Pro Black 850w PSU 
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Phanteks Enthoo Primo Black/Red Razer DeathAdder Turtle Beach PX21 headset 
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Intel g3258 @ 4.2ghz  Asrock B85M-ITX XFX R7 250 4gb PNY 
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Samsung 840, 120gb SSD Samsung USB drive stock Windows 7 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 500gb, 840 EVO 250gb, 840 Pro 1... 1 TB something.. Asus CD/DVD Drive Custom Water Loop cooling CPU and GPU 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Asus 24" VG248QE 144hz, Asus 24" VE247H Razer Blackwidow Ultimate XFX Pro Black 850w PSU 
CaseMouseAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Primo Black/Red Razer DeathAdder Turtle Beach PX21 headset 
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Intel g3258 @ 4.2ghz  Asrock B85M-ITX XFX R7 250 4gb PNY 
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post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Both of you bring up very good points. Thank you!
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post #5 of 13
sell the rig your on now and get both ?
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post #6 of 13
I'm eyeballing this Acer myself... Seen it today at Circuit City. They were selling it for $349

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009125
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4790k @ 5.0ghz Asus Maximus 7 Hero Powercolor RX Vega 64 w/EK Water Block 16gb of G.Skill Trident X 2400mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 500gb, 840 EVO 250gb, 840 Pro 1... 1 TB something.. Asus CD/DVD Drive Custom Water Loop cooling CPU and GPU 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Asus 24" VG248QE 144hz, Asus 24" VE247H Razer Blackwidow Ultimate XFX Pro Black 850w PSU 
CaseMouseAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Primo Black/Red Razer DeathAdder Turtle Beach PX21 headset 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel g3258 @ 4.2ghz  Asrock B85M-ITX XFX R7 250 4gb PNY 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840, 120gb SSD Samsung USB drive stock Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer CM Storm Devastator 300 watt COOLER MASTER Elite 110 
MouseAudio
CM Storm Devastator Onboard 
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GrandPa's Gamer
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Mini -ITX build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4790k @ 5.0ghz Asus Maximus 7 Hero Powercolor RX Vega 64 w/EK Water Block 16gb of G.Skill Trident X 2400mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 500gb, 840 EVO 250gb, 840 Pro 1... 1 TB something.. Asus CD/DVD Drive Custom Water Loop cooling CPU and GPU 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Asus 24" VG248QE 144hz, Asus 24" VE247H Razer Blackwidow Ultimate XFX Pro Black 850w PSU 
CaseMouseAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Primo Black/Red Razer DeathAdder Turtle Beach PX21 headset 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel g3258 @ 4.2ghz  Asrock B85M-ITX XFX R7 250 4gb PNY 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840, 120gb SSD Samsung USB drive stock Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer CM Storm Devastator 300 watt COOLER MASTER Elite 110 
MouseAudio
CM Storm Devastator Onboard 
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post #7 of 13
if you dont game do as mortimersnerd says
if you plan to game do as By-Tor says
post #8 of 13
I would go graphics card.

That 32MB PCI card will only hold you back, wayy back.

I got my GPU before my 19 inch monitor, and i think it was the better decision.
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 21.5" LED CM Storm Trigger 650 Watt SeaSonic  Fractal R4 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G700 Rosewill pad Z623 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE ASUS M4A79XTD EVO 9600 GT 4GB G.Skill 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB Seagate, 1TB WD Lite-ON Win 7 19" viewsonic HDTV 1080i 
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post #9 of 13
I would definitely get the graphics card.
    
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G. SKILL 6GB 1333Mhz @ 1455Mhz OCZ Vertex 3 120GB / Seagate 500GB Lite-On DVD-RW TSSTcorp DVD/RW 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Prolimatech Megahalems Windows 7 x64 Professional Samsung S24A350H Dell 20" LCD 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
MAG 17" LCD Samsung 50" Plasma  Focus FK-2001 Mechanical Corsair TX750 
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post #10 of 13
I was assuming that you would get a cheap card, like a 2600Pro for <$50.
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
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