I am thinking of putting together a low budget $500 - $600 computer for general use. I am not a big gamer, but I am interested in maybe running a 1080i television with a HDMI cable connected to my computer. Also would like to be able to run a 23 or 24 inch monitor in the future. The system builds I have been looking at are the newer AMD chips and AMD motherboards. It was suggested I look at a motherboard with a onboard AMD 790GX with 128MB of sidport ram. These motherboard usually have a HDMI connector built in.
My question is how much better/faster would one of the cheap (less than $60) video cards? Does anyone know of a chart that would show the difference that includes both onboard video as well as stand alone video cards.
I'd recommend you try out the IGP and see if it suits your needs. The only area where it would likely be an issue is gaming and you'll still be able to play games that aren't from the last few years well.
I am quite happy with the performance of AMD cpus - I have Phenom 9650. Runs very cool even in genuine Indian summer touching 42 celsius temperatures.
What I have a beef with is the USB implementation in AMD chipsets. I have been facing 2 specific problems which have not been solved so far.
I have 3 PCs. One is a via C3+Cn7 low power , for 24/7 purposes. Have an Athlon 64 on Asus with nVidia chipset for normal use and a Phenom + 4gb ram on MSI K9A2GM-FIH with 780G chipset for higher level processing.
My 16 gb Kingston Traveller thumb drive ALWAYS gives errors on the 780G.
I get no access to KB and Mouse on a USB connected 4 port KVM switch from the 780G MSI. Have to hard reset the KVM to activate the KB and Mouse. This is on both Windows as well as Linux. No such problems on the via or nVidia chipset motherboards.
Have added an old via chipset USB 2 addon card for the KVM and the thumb drive. Every thing runs fine but have to wait for the OS to fully load.
Neither MSI nor AMD have a solution to this. So make your choice carefully. AMD + nVidia chipset + any addon graphic card should do the trick.