Discrete Video Card Needed?

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  1. Slide83

    Slide83 Junior Member

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    I'm building a new PC for web browsing, re-encoding movies for my daughter's ipad, watching movies (1980x1080) & very light gaming.

    I've already bought the following:

    Processor: I5-3570k
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA z77m-d3h
    Ram: 16 GB DDR3 1600
    Hard Drive: Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W PS
    Case: Thermaltake V3
    Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-Ray/DVD

    My question is, would there be any benefit to getting a discrete gpu? I'm just concerned with super smooth web scrolling, video streaming and maybe some very light gaming for my daughter. Would the HD 4000 on my processor be all I need?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. OlafSicky

    OlafSicky Platinum Member

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    its' all that you need save the money save power.
     
  4. snoylekim

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    Yes , you'll be fine with the HD 4000 ..and if daughter gets more into gaming , you can add on a 7770 to support her advance into that .. If the gaming stays very light, more than adequate ..
     
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    I'm assuming that "light gaming" means web based games (flash and javascript). In that case, no you don't need a discrete GPU.
     
  6. Zap

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    Can the OP name the actual games?

    Besides gaming (depending on actual games), everything else would be just fine on HD 4000.
     
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    The only thing I can think of is that 16GB if RAM may be a bit much; 8GB is enough for those tasks.
     
  8. T_Yamamoto

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    Motherboard probably has more features than what's needed.
    B75 based or whatever is cheap.

    Doubt you'll over clock, so you can get a 3450.

    No need for 16gbs of ram. Downgrade to 8
     
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    The HD2500/3000/4000 also has the added advantage of Quicksync, for video encoding to the Ipad.
     
  10. infoiltrator

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    You should be fine.
    If you like watch for a used video card in marketplace or on sale.
    I expect you will eventually need to add an HDD.
    Collecting is likely.
     
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    But the "K" models have the better IGP out of the desktop chips.
     
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    The alternative is a 3475S, but it only comes in tray and can be difficult to get...
     
  13. Charlie98

    Charlie98 Diamond Member

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    When I first built my current desktop, I was running the HD3000 IGP on my 2500K and playing Modern Warfare 1 and 2... it did it pretty well if not spectacularly, you should be fine with the HD4000 graphics.

    My HTPC is running a G620 with HD1000 graphics, and it streams pretty well (although I expect a visit from the Brown Truck today with a new GPU for it.) At lower resolutions HD1000 would be fine, so the HD4000 is a no-brainer.
     
  14. Insert_Nickname

    Insert_Nickname Platinum Member

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    That's a negative. Even overclocked to 1500MHz with DDR3-1066 7-7-7-20 timings, it completely fails to produce playable frame-rates in any halfway modern game. But its perfectly capable of flashgames.