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Hello everyone!

I am doing a build for a friend but I have no experience in building non-gaming rigs so I reach out to you all for advice!

This gentleman that I am building for already has a monitor, operator system, keyboard, mouse, so we need all the rest. That includes CD-Rom, hard drive, motherboard, CPU, RAM, GPU, power supply, case, CPU cooler.

His max budget for this build is $700.

His uses are online poker, he plays upwards of 12-15 tables at a time on PokerStars and wants to also be able to use Skype, Chrome, AIM, etc, all at the same time that he does his 12-15 tables.

This particular usage has me stumped on what parts he really needs..I am juggling between a budget CPU build that could include a SSD and a higher end CPU build that would probably skimp at SSD..

I am looking for ideas, build suggestions..

Would appreciate any screens/Newegg links to potential builds!

Newegg is the preferred vendor for this build, but Amazon, Tigerdirect, etc, also viable.

Thanks for any help guys, looking forward to my first non-gaming build!
Edited by BlahBlahBlah - 12/20/10 at 11:09am
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post #2 of 52
1055t + 880g mobo
6gb ddr3
60gb vertex 2 ssd (only hard drive. Won't need more than that)
Everything else will be cheap and generic from there (psu,case,drive)

He might even have enough for a second monitor
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1055t + 880g mobo
6gb ddr3
60gb vertex 2 ssd (only hard drive. Won't need more than that)
Everything else will be cheap and generic from there (psu,case,drive)

He might even have enough for a second monitor
I have never done an AMD build but I assume it can't be much different..in fact I only posted this here because there is no General General..just Intel or AMD general

1055t is very possible..going to look for combo builds for that

Any suggestions?
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post #4 of 52
we should use multi-monitor if he's doing all that
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post #5 of 52
it doesn't take much to run 10+ poker tables... he should spend most of his money on monitors imo
post #6 of 52
Just get 3-4GBs of RAM, a simple dual core, and a video card that allows you to have dual monitors. Oh, and you'll need two monitors. If all he's doing is online poker and chatting, you don't need something stupidly huge on power. Heck, 4GBs RAM is pushing it.
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Just get 3-4GBs of RAM, a simple dual core, and a video card that allows you to have dual monitors. Oh, and you'll need two monitors. If all he's doing is online poker and chatting, you don't need something stupidly huge on power. Heck, 4GBs RAM is pushing it.
I was thinking of going with a GTS 450..he wants the option of light gaming and I guess dual monitors really is a good option too..
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core i3, 6gb's of dual channel ram, 1tb drive, 5XXX or 6XXX series graphics cards for eyefinity.
     
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post #9 of 52
lol dual monitors, that's not enough if he really plays poker, unless they're like 27"+ monitors

get a 5770 or 5850 and at least 3 monitors for eyefinity... maybe even crossfire w/ 6 monitors ... dual core & 4gb ram is more than enough for poker.. ssd definitely not necessary lol
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I was thinking of going with a GTS 450..he wants the option of light gaming and I guess dual monitors really is a good option too..
A 450 would be fine for that, although depending on the monitors for this system, may be overkill. He wants to do light gaming, which equates to TF2, maybe something like New Vegas, and so on. Those kinds of games are not to power hungry (New Vegas uses a stupidly unoptimized engine, but even so, my 3870 plows through it with ease, and this card is a few years old!).

I don't get why everyone tells you to get the best hardware for a build that doesn't need it. Yes, this is OCN, but that doesn't mean we can't be smart with our money!

If you plan this right, I suspect the most expensive part of this build will be the dual monitors.
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