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Old January 22, 2009, 03:59 PM
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Hey guys,

I am putting together a budget build for trading purposes. There is really nothing out of the ordinary with this build, except I am trying to put together something that can run three 19" monitors.

I have narrowed down my mobo options to the following two boards. Both are capable of running dual graphics cards, and are pretty similarly priced. Here are the two boards.

Gigabyte EP45-UD3P ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2 2PCI-E SATA2 RAID HD Sound 2GLAN 1394A CrossFireX Motherboard

Biostar TP45 HP ATX LGA775 P45 DDR2OC 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA2 HD Sound GBLAN CrossFireX Motherboard

The parts I already have purchased are as follows:

Intel Dual Core E5200
2x Gigabyte Radeon HD2400 XT PCI-E 256MB GDDR3 VGA DVI-I HDCP HDTV Out DIRECTX10 Video Card
Seagate Barracude 500 GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache HD
LG DVD read/writer
Windows XP Home Ed.

So does anyone see any advantages of one of those cards versus the other, or perhaps is there another card out there that is better for my needs? Remember, the ultimate goal is keeping things cheap.

Thanks in advance.
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Old January 22, 2009, 08:43 PM
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Do you need the three monitors for somethign work related, or is it just for bling- because performance wise, you'd be much better off buying a $120 mobo with a decent video card- maybe a p5q with a 4670
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Old January 22, 2009, 09:13 PM
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It's basically work-from-home related, if that makes any sense. I think I'm starting to realize that I will be better off sticking with just the dual monitors, as I am getting a lot of negative responses when I tell people I am building it to have three monitors. I don't know, I suppose I will have to do more research. This is definitely not bling related, as I don't game at all etc. You'll have to forgive me, as you can tell this is my first build and not too familiar with my options, I'm basically going by what I'm told from various people.

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Old January 22, 2009, 09:19 PM
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both are fine.

just get the cheaper.
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Old January 22, 2009, 09:24 PM
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A large dual monitor setup would be easier and most likely better than 3-19" monitors. 2 24" monitors would be huge!
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However, if he uses the monitors for different apps and wants to have them open at the same time, then 3 would be better...
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You are correct, it would be different apps on each screen. The issue is I already own three 19" LCD's and I don't have the budget to upgrade, so two 24" is not an option unfortunately. With that in mind, and the fact I already have the CPU, I'm looking for suggestions as to mobo/GPU combos that would successfully allow me to use these three monitors.

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