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should I use my old graphics card w/ my new 4770k?

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July 12, 2013 1:49:57 PM

Working on a new PC build w/ a i7 4770k CPU. Since the processor comes with intel's 4600 integrated graphics, is there any reason for me to reuse my old Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1GB video card in this build? I'm not a gamer--just a photo editor using CS5 (with some video editing, too).

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July 12, 2013 1:54:44 PM

According to the benchmarks I've seen, the HD 4600 integrated graphics will probably outperform your old video card. For your uses, you want a serious amount of RAM. What are you running with?
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July 12, 2013 2:58:18 PM

the built in hd4600 gpu on the intel 4770k is probably about twice as fast as the hd5450 when it comes to synthetic benchmarks.
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July 12, 2013 3:48:55 PM

Neospiral said:
According to the benchmarks I've seen, the HD 4600 integrated graphics will probably outperform your old video card. For your uses, you want a serious amount of RAM. What are you running with?


The RAM is the last thing left to buy for this build (unless I decide to get a new video card), and I'm just waiting on a good deal for 16GB of 1600mHz DDR3 (if anyone has any recommendations, I'd appreciate it).

I'm mainly wondering if it's worth keeping the old video card (and maybe doubling it up with another video card using crossfire?) to keep from taxing the CPU by having to use the integrated graphics.

This is my build so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150
Storage (primary): Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD
Storage (secondary): Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64bit DDR3 (if I re-use it)
Case: Corsair C70 ATX Mid Tower
PSU: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate Full (64 bit)





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July 12, 2013 3:59:17 PM

comixfan said:
Neospiral said:
According to the benchmarks I've seen, the HD 4600 integrated graphics will probably outperform your old video card. For your uses, you want a serious amount of RAM. What are you running with?


The RAM is the last thing left to buy for this build (unless I decide to get a new video card), and I'm just waiting on a good deal for 16GB of 1600mHz DDR3 (if anyone has any recommendations, I'd appreciate it).

I'm mainly wondering if it's worth keeping the old video card (and maybe doubling it up with another video card using crossfire?) to keep from taxing the CPU by having to use the integrated graphics.

This is my build so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150
Storage (primary): Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD
Storage (secondary): Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64bit DDR3 (if I re-use it)
Case: Corsair C70 ATX Mid Tower
PSU: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate Full (64 bit)







The thing is, if you're not going to be gaming, there's really no point is investing in a gaming GPU. A GPU won't really take the burden off your CPU with productivity software, the only way it might help is a bit of a quicker response time in playback of movie files, and even then only slight. The integrated HD 4600 graphics will do fine. As far as the RAM goes, the faster the better, especially for heavy stuff like video editing. 1600MHz is good, but if you can go faster I'd do it. Here's a 16gb kit for a good price by a good brand:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And something similar at 32GB:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 12, 2013 8:32:57 PM

Integrated graphics it is, then! I reckon I'll just leave that video card in my old PC after all. Thanks for your help!
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