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IGP plus PCI-E Graphics card?

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July 5, 2011 8:54:30 PM

Hello,
I already have a great pci-e graphics card, im looking at getting an i5 2500k CPU. Is there any benefit to having an IGP in this scenario, or would I be better off with another processor?

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July 5, 2011 9:38:50 PM

No benefit for having an IGP in any case when you have a dedicated graphics card. But you shouldn't throw i5-2500k away just because it has an IGP: it's one of the best CPUs out there. Assuming you have a P67/Z68 motherboard, you cannot get any better than 2500K (if you don't count 2600/2600K). IGP is present in many Sandy Bridge processors, and most of the people simply disregard it, as any PCI-E card is better. Get the 2500K and use it with your PCI-E graphics.
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July 5, 2011 9:39:32 PM

The i5 2500K is an excellent CPU. Get it because it's good, not because it has an IGP.

You can't get a Sandy Bridge CPU without an IGP, so there's no point in worrying about it.
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July 5, 2011 10:47:26 PM

Awesome, thanks guys. Exactly the information I needed. You guys rock.
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July 6, 2011 4:06:15 AM

The only benefit I see is that if your PCI-e video card completely dies, you can use the Intel graphics core to connect to the monitor. However, you can only do this with a H67 chipset motherboard which does not have any overclocking abilities (or very limited), or a Z68 chipset motherboard.

A P67 chipset motherboard lacks any capabilities to use the graphics core on a Sandy Bridge CPU.
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