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Intel GMA 3100 vs GMA X4500 / LGA 775 / C2D E8400

Hi guys, I got an old C2D E8400 which has been ran for years with a discrete graphics card. The card just give up recently and I've decide to use onboard graphics instead of buying a new card. The CPU currently on an Asus P5QL Pro motherboard which lacks an onboard graphics. But I just found an ASRock G31DE motherboard from my old parts stock which has GMA 3100. I remember this onboard graphics was pretty sucks. It was laggy when surfing webs with some graphics or playing videos from youtube even in low quality. I will finish this system before hand it over to my uncle. He's not using the computer much. Just for web surfing, youtube, facebook and some office stuffs, no games and he will use a CRT or flat screen monitor with low resolution. So my question, is GMA X4500 much better than GMA 3100? When surfing webs or watching youtube, will it be laggy? Anyone ever used it? If it is considerably better, I may find another board for him instead. I have 2 sticks of 2GB DDR2-800 for this system and guess that it should be enough. Any suggestion are welcome. Thanks in advance.

There's something I would like to know. The GMA X4500 is the best onboard graphics for LGA 775 boards right? If not, which is the best of them? Just asking for some knowledge. Thanks.
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    Statistical Comparison:

    GMA 3100: http://www.pc-specs.com/gpu/Intel/GMA/Intel_GMA_3100/624

    GMA X4500: http://www.pc-specs.com/gpu/Intel/GMA/Intel_GMA_X4500/165

    As you can see, the X4500 is indeed the superior Integrated Graphics Chipset although that isn't saying much. As stated in the links above it is over 6 years old so you may have problems with support from Intel as far as drivers go.

    If you can afford it, I'd advise a basic standalone Graphics Card, as they can be acquired at low cost. However, if you really are only going to be using the system for basic tasks then the X4500 is indeed the superior Chipset.
  2. Drivers are actually readily available for Windows 7. Released at the end of 2012 so not too old either.
    But they are still terrible
  3. Hmm.. X4500 is definitely better than 3100 but I doubt it would be much different. As you guys say it is somewhat old now and its poor performance may not keep up with future tasks. I think I'd stick with my current Asus P5QL Pro motherboard and find a graphics card for it. I'm sure I got a HD7750 left some where in my house. Do you think it would be a nice match for E8400? I guess it would be a fine machine for my uncle. And maybe he wants to play games sometime. Haha
  4. One thing to keep in mind is the P5 series chipset may have PCI-E compatibility problems where the G41 would not
  5. How bad is that problem? If it exists does it mean the card will not work for my board and it wil not boot up? If so, how can I solved that? As the specification say my board got PCI-E 2.0 but G31/41 boards only got PCI-E 1.0, does that matter?
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