View Full Version : Building a Computer - Help finding parts retailers

11-02-2005, 04:17 AM
Hey again, I seem to be posting here alot lately...

Anyway, My employer (who is also a good friend), has asked me for a price for a computer he wants. The approximate specs:

3 x 19" TFT
AMD 64 Processor (probably the 4000+)
Decent graphics cards (I was thinking 2?)

Anyways, my questions are:

- Do you know any good, UK retailers where I could buy quality parts for this computer project?
- As for running 3 TFT monitors, would it be better to use 2 separate graphics cards? Im sure I have seen boards that support this but I dont know how easy it is to make it work.
- Is this a good idea? I know 3 19" TFT's could be a bit of a resource hog, do you think the system would handle this ok?


11-02-2005, 06:00 AM
What are they going to be doing on this machine? It might affect the video card decsion. I'd suggest looking into getting a quad DVI video card, they might even already make them for PCI Express but I know they do for at least AGP. And usually multi-head video cards are advertised as like 512MB and if it has 4 heads, each head gets 128MB of video memory for example.

That route might be too expensive depending on how beefy a video card is needed.

11-02-2005, 02:21 PM
well to my knowledge, theyre arent much of a gamer but do play flash games. I know that one screen is almost going to be used permanently for web TV (but low-ish quality). Sorry I can't be more specific

11-02-2005, 02:53 PM
Again, depending what they are doing your may also want to revisit how much RAM you are putting into the machine. Are they going to be doing any video editing? Are the 3 - 19" monitors more for show or is the person really going to be using them? for productivity.

11-02-2005, 02:58 PM
I *think* its going to be alot for show, but they will all be used to some degree, I just dont know how much... Do you think that 2GB of RAM may not be enough?

11-02-2005, 06:13 PM
Nah, 2GB should be fine.

I'd suggest looking around for a quad head video card, I think it will work the best in this situation and plus, you'll always be able to hook up another monitor.

11-02-2005, 08:14 PM
2GB should be sufficient unless they are doing any sort of video editing then I would say to put in what ever the mobo will handle. Just keep an eye on RAM prices as they can fluctuate dramatically from time to time. You can also improve performance by putting in 2 disk drives using one as a source to back-up data to and also using the 2nd drive as the source for your swap file.

11-02-2005, 11:19 PM
Thanks for all the help... Could anyone link me to some quad video cards? I cant find any at my regular manufacturer.