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    Hi folks. Just as the title says really, I'm after a decent desktop which will support two 1080P 21" monitors. It does not have to be a screaming beast of a computer, but I do want it to last for at least the next three years. The reason I need to get two monitors for it, is for next year when I start doing some serious coding. If anyone has got any recommendations and\or links, I would appreciate it. I will be buying this computer on 28th April.
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    What are you going to be coding?

    Also, does the £500 include the 2 monitors, or just the desktop?

    A little more incite would make it easier to suggest a build.
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    The two monitors will be included in the price. I will be coding in SQL, C++, C and Java.
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    I recommend you up your budget by at least an 100 just to compensate for the secondary monitor.
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    You're looking at getting a build for around 300 quid, doubt that's going to be enough unless you already have some parts such as GPU.

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    Sorted folks, thanks for your input. Bought a Intel i5 desktop, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD with two 22" Full HD monitors. Managed to get it for £540.
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    (Original post by CelticSymphony67)
    Sorted folks, thanks for your input. Bought a Intel i5 desktop, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD with two 22" Full HD monitors. Managed to get it for £540.
    Wow, really?

    Mind PMing me the sites you used / links to the specific parts?

    How much more was it for an i7-k?
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    (Original post by CelticSymphony67)
    Sorted folks, thanks for your input. Bought a Intel i5 desktop, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD with two 22" Full HD monitors. Managed to get it for £540.
    All you need is a motherboard, case and peripherals then you've got yourself a PC.
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    (Original post by CelticSymphony67)
    Sorted folks, thanks for your input. Bought a Intel i5 desktop, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD with two 22" Full HD monitors. Managed to get it for £540.
    Ha it got a graphics card?

    Most inbuilt graphics only support one display out
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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    Ha it got a graphics card?

    Most inbuilt graphics only support one display out
    Doubt it, 540 for full build with 2 monitors...hm

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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    Ha it got a graphics card?

    Most inbuilt graphics only support one display out
    tbh, could probably get away with a dirt cheap shouldn't ever be touched graphics card since it seems like it will never be under much load
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    (Original post by VexedM8)
    Wow, really?

    Mind PMing me the sites you used / links to the specific parts?

    How much more was it for an i7-k?
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    http://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/Asus_...FSOWtAodtwgAeQ

    For the computer itself and

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/deskto...01709-pdt.html

    For the two monitors. In total is came to £540 approx.
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    How about this system instead folks?


    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00H..._dsc_computers
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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    Most inbuilt graphics only support one display out
    Eh no.

    Even Intel HD2000 upwards can support multi display, it is merely down to how many display connectors the OEM include on the motherboard.

    Edit: More to the point http://3xs.scan.co.uk/configurator/v...-office-pc-v1i Go to the Graphics card section. Clearly states "All systems include onboard graphics and will drive two monitors as standard"
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    (Original post by iainvg)
    Eh no.

    Even Intel HD2000 upwards can support multi display, it is merely down to how many display connectors the OEM include on the motherboard.

    Edit: More to the point http://3xs.scan.co.uk/configurator/v...-office-pc-v1i Go to the Graphics card section. Clearly states "All systems include onboard graphics and will drive two monitors as standard"
    Yeah usually it's only one port.

    More common to see VGA and HDMI included though now
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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    Yeah usually it's only one port.

    More common to see VGA and HDMI included though now
    Now it is more common for more than one port. The Z87-HD3, a sub £80 mobo has a VGA, a DVI and a HDMI

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    (Original post by simpletech668)
    Now it is more common for more than one port. The Z87-HD3, a sub £80 mobo has a VGA, a DVI and a HDMI

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    Even with only one or no ports on mobo could OP not get away with a low spec gpu for say something like £30-50 for display output anyway.
    For OP's purpose are the main expenses not going to be on a half decent cpu, the monitors and the OS unless using Linux anyway?

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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    Yeah usually it's only one port.

    More common to see VGA and HDMI included though now
    It has rarely been less than 2 ports for at least a few years now, hell I bought a motherboard for a batch of AM2 1600+ Athlon's, 5 years ago that cost £17 and it had 2 ports.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    Even with only one or no ports on mobo could OP not get away with a low spec gpu for say something like £30-50 for display output anyway.
    For OP's purpose are the main expenses not going to be on a half decent cpu, the monitors and the OS unless using Linux anyway?

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    Yes that's true, I was trying to inform the person about mobo's!

    Especially for programming, you'll probably want a decent CPU, probably a 4th gen i5, and at least 6-8GB RAM. I opened a thread about getting a computer for a computer science student and these specs seemed to occur more often and was common re-occurence!
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    (Original post by iainvg)
    It has rarely been less than 2 ports for at least a few years now, hell I bought a motherboard for a batch of AM2 1600+ Athlon's, 5 years ago that cost £17 and it had 2 ports.
    £17!! Hahaha! If only mobo's cost that much now!
 
 
 
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