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Old December 16, 2008, 03:13 PM
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Hey guys,

I just found this website and wow, what a huge resource it is. I will be putting together my first pc, and I wanted to get some opinions as to the parts and compatability of the build.
Firstly, I am doing this on a very small budget, preferable below $600. This is just for the desktop, I do not need any peripherals. The main use for this computer will be for trading (as in stock/option/currency/futures trading) I plan on using XP, which I already have, so no OS is needed either. I will be buying the parts and putting it together most likely next month after the expensive Xmas holidays are over. I do NOT plan on overclocking .

I have two LCD monitors, one 19 DVI and one 17" VGA. This computer needs to be able to run these two monitors and my charting and trading software smoothly. To give you an idea of what I am using right now, well, it's a 6 year old running a single Intel Celeron with a 40GB HD. It's coming to the end of it's life.

I have chosen the Intel Dual Core E5200 for about $100. I am looking for 320 GB WD or Seagate HD whatever is cheaper at the time. I need a single DVD writer, again, those are cheap, so not too much to worry about. My biggest struggle is finding a good mobo and video card. Again, given my budget restrictions, this is where you guys know the bang for buck. Any advice appreciated, and thanks in advance.

'puternewb.

Here is what I have so far.

Intel E5200 CPU
320 or 500 GB Western Digital HDD LG GH22NS30 Black DVD+RW
Enlight EN-PA411136 ATX Mid Tower Black 400W PS
Gigabyte EP43-DS3L ATX LGA775 P43 FSB 1600 OC 1PCI-E 2PCI DDR2 SATA2 HD Sound GBLAN Motherboard
Palit Radeon HD 3870 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E DVI-I HDMI Video Card
Corsair Value Select 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2-667 CL5 240PIN DIMM Memory

With price matching, this package comes in around $500. Does anyone see anything wrong here?

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Old December 16, 2008, 04:25 PM
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I'm guessing that you want to be able to do some gaming? If not, ditch the dedicated vid card for a decent onboard vid board.

Did you have a look at the Antec Sonatta III? Fairly decent case with a name brand 500W PSU that can normally be found for around $100.
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I'm guessing that you want to be able to do some gaming? If not, ditch the dedicated vid card for a decent onboard vid board.

Did you have a look at the Antec Sonatta III? Fairly decent case with a name brand 500W PSU that can normally be found for around $100.
Oops, I knew I forgot to mention something. I am not a gamer at all, so no, it won't be used for gaming. Do you have any suggestions for an onboard video?

I have heard nothing but good things from Antec Sonata III cases, I will have to take a look.

Thanks for the response, appreciate it.
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I'm guessing that you want to be able to do some gaming? If not, ditch the dedicated vid card for a decent onboard vid board.

Did you have a look at the Antec Sonatta III? Fairly decent case with a name brand 500W PSU that can normally be found for around $100.

I would pick the Antec Sonata III since it comes with a pretty good quality power supply that doesn't kill your pc electronic components.

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The Antec Sonata III case are also very dead silent.

I like the motherboard chose as the SATA connectors doesn't interfere with large graphics card.

You could get a graphics card that uses passive heatsink.

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I'm not completely up on my mATX boards, but would this one (EG41M) fit the bill as well?

NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte GA-EG41M-S2H mATX LGA775 G41 DDR2 1PCI-E16 3PCI SATA2 Video Sound GBLAN HDMI Motherboard - GA-EG41M-S2H In Canada.

Under $100 and it looks to have everything going for it including HDMI out.
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Oh my. Your list is definitely overkill. Your main concern is dual video outputs, and I'm not sure if there is a motherboard with onboard video that can do that. Worst comes to worst, add a HD3450 to this bundle: NCIX.com - Buy NCIX PC Bundle Deal Celeron Dual Core E1400 1GB 500GB DVDRW USB Sound Video LAN - Unassembled - NCIXPC-E150 In Canada.. 317$.

HD3450: NCIX.com - Buy ASUS Radeon HD 3450 256MB DDR2 PCI-E DVI-I VGA TV-OUT DIRECTX10.1 Lite Fanless Video Card - EAH3450/HTP/256M In Canada.. 50$, fanless.
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Oh my. Your list is definitely overkill. Your main concern is dual video outputs, and I'm not sure if there is a motherboard with onboard video that can do that. Worst comes to worst, add a HD3450 to this bundle: NCIX.com - Buy NCIX PC Bundle Deal Celeron Dual Core E1400 1GB 500GB DVDRW USB Sound Video LAN - Unassembled - NCIXPC-E150 In Canada.. 317$.

HD3450: NCIX.com - Buy ASUS Radeon HD 3450 256MB DDR2 PCI-E DVI-I VGA TV-OUT DIRECTX10.1 Lite Fanless Video Card - EAH3450/HTP/256M In Canada.. 50$, fanless.
Good catch on the vid card vrs onboard for dual monitors. I'm running a sapphire 3450 and haven't had any problems with it at all.
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I'm assuming getting a dual DVI with an HDMI out would put me well over my budget. This is assuming I get a blu-ray player sometime down the road to hook up to my TV. I'm just trying to think ahead, but I suppose I should just think about my current needs. Thanks for the input, I'll need to do some more research I think.
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