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Should i install an old GPU with Intel Haswell graphics HD4600?

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August 16, 2013 4:38:27 PM

Hello,
i am in the process of building a PC for the first time.
My cpu will be intel haswell corei5-4670k which includes intel graphics HD4600.
I have an old ATI radeon X1950 and i am not planning to buy a new GPU in the short term.
Should i even bother installing the X1950 or will the cpu HD4600 graphics provide a better experience on its own? Is there a way to compare the 2?

the mother board will be Asus Z87 Pro in case that matters.

thank you!
August 16, 2013 4:53:43 PM

If you're not gaming or if just playing something like Need For Speed, you don't need to bother installing the GPU. When you have some cash, get a GTX 760 or better, depending on your budget. What are your full PC specs?
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August 16, 2013 5:29:25 PM

In the short term I will be mainly using the PC to watch and stream videos across the house to a WD Live media player.
I might give a shot at a few games but that wont be the main use.

Would the X1950 provide any benefits next to HD4600 in a scenario when someone is using the PC for internet usage like YouTube while someone else is streaming a video to the media player across the house?

here are the specs:
old components i will re-use:
- Win7 ultimate on Samsung SSD 840 256GB
- WD Red HDD 2TB

new components:
CPU: Corei5 4670k (from a core2 E6600 - should be a nice upgrade)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W
Mobo: ASUS Z87-PRO

and a left over X1950 if i dont use it :-)
thanks!
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August 16, 2013 5:55:31 PM

The gpu wouldn't provide that many benefits really, which case are you putting this in? A slight overclock of the GPU will aid performance.
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August 16, 2013 6:05:05 PM

David Lugarov said:
The gpu wouldn't provide that many benefits really, which case are you putting this in? A slight overclock of the GPU will aid performance.


I got the define R4 case, waiting for it to arrive to put all this together.
Are you suggesting i overclock the X1950 or the CPU to aid performance? if the X1950, any reco as far as what to overclock it to?

thanks!
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August 16, 2013 6:43:03 PM

Another thing to remember is that AMD has never released Windows 7 drivers for that card, you have to use Vista drivers; even those are from 2010.
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August 17, 2013 3:41:14 AM

Overclock the CPU is what I meant, nothing too high, just put a small cooler like the 212 EVO and OC to 4.0GHz. Don't even bother using the graphics card.
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August 17, 2013 4:32:30 AM

@ bastien_: Oh how the mighty have fallen, I remember when the X1950 was one of the top cards to get! Stick to the IGP for now, it's faster, quieter, burns far less energy and you should avoid driver issues.
Adding the little 212 Evo now is a good idea, the stock Intel coolers do the job but they get surprisingly noisy (and hot) under load.
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August 17, 2013 5:39:39 AM

The X1950 is a defeated Titan.
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December 4, 2013 1:40:52 AM

I have essentially the same question except I have an HD 5750. Same processor and similar mobo.
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December 4, 2013 2:09:00 AM

Wookee said:
I have essentially the same question except I have an HD 5750. Same processor and similar mobo.


5750 would be better than hd4600, so worthwhile putting in, unlike the x1950 which is mega old (arent they AGP anyway?).
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