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Core i3 intergraded Graphics Or 9500GT

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August 1, 2011 2:51:31 PM

i got pretty lame GPU and im not really planning on getting one because im more into Console Gaming
but
i got this system
Core i3 540 Stock clock with stock cooling
Kingston DDR3 4GB ram
ECS H55H-M v1.1 motherboard
ECS 9500 GT 1GB ddr 2 [i dont really like this company thats how i got the pc from the store]
Sunpro 400w PSU

now i dont want to upgrade my graphics card because ill gonna need to upgrade my power supply
and maybe my motherboard and i dont have much money [i was planning on getting ASUS DIRECTCU 460GTX 768]

but now i decided that put my money on my xbox will be better choice for me.
yet i want to get the best preformence on my pc.

my question is -
should i keep my Old 9500GT [its from my old pc] oc'd
or try the Core i3 540 graphics?
is there a way to use em both [like some sorth of sli/crossfire?]
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 2:59:01 PM

The integrated graphics on the i3 should be a little better than a 9500GT - see the THG hierarchial chart:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...

You might think about trying to get an inexpensive but faster card on eBay. The chart above could be a good tool to aid in such an effort if you decide to go that route.
a c 141 U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 6:41:18 PM

The 9500GT is still superior to any of intel's integrated graphics, even their HD 3000 seen on some of the Sandy Bridge chips. You're best off keeping the old card, if you don't plan on doing much PC gaming there probably isn't much reason to upgrade.

And no it is not possible to SLI a 9500GT with intel's integrated graphics. It is only possible to do a hybrid crossfire with AMD's integrated graphics combined with an AMD video card.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 7:40:03 PM

The 9500gt is faster than the Intergreted GPU.

What games are you trying to play on PC?

What resoultion is oyur monitor?
a c 358 U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 8:55:38 PM

The Intel HD 3000 graphics core is a little more powerful than a Radeon HD 5450. However, it is only available in the second generation Core i CPU series (Sandy Bridge).

The Core i3 540 is the 1st generation Core i CPU. Therefore, it will have the slower GMA 4500HD graphics core.
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 9:29:46 PM

I was gonna say that earlier.Just run fraps and see which one you get better performance with.
a c 358 U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 11:12:24 PM

rockyjohn said:
The integrated graphics on the i3 should be a little better than a 9500GT - see the THG hierarchial chart:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...



You should probably take a look at the chart before giving out wrong information.

The 9500 GT is ranked above the Intel HD 3000 graphics core.

However, that OP listed the Core i3 540, that doesn't even have the Intel HD 3000. It does not even have a graphics core. It use has the older GMA X4500 graphics core that is part of the Intel® H55 Express Chipset.
a c 358 U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 11:15:08 PM

rockyjohn said:
I still disagree and believe your i3 integrated graphics will be faster, based on the THG recommendation linked above and this review, albeit of the i5:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/graphics/display/intel...

But you can try each one and decide for yourself.



Again, the Intel HD 3000 graphics core is only in the 2nd generation Core i CPUs (Sandy Bridge).

The OP listed the Core i3 540 which is from the 1st generation of Core i3 CPUs (Clarkdale).
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2011 11:16:17 PM

the integrated graphics on the first-gen i3 are useless for gaming, the 9500 gt while low end is still light years ahead.
August 2, 2011 12:36:52 PM

so keep my 9500GT?
a c 358 U Graphics card
August 2, 2011 2:50:22 PM

Yes, keep it.
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 2, 2011 6:35:45 PM

Yes keep it.
a b U Graphics card
August 3, 2011 4:09:43 AM

Yes keep it. Whatever fool recommended using the onboard graphics was out of his head.
a c 214 U Graphics card
August 3, 2011 7:31:20 AM

lol?
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