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August 15, 2011 8:31:05 PM

Just out of curiosity? Can anyone tell me how decent the Video card that is with the i5 2500K processor is? I am not looking to play video games, just watch TV shows and editing/word processing and some photoshop.

I am just wondering if the video will be good enough for these situations or I need to add a cheap VC? If I have to add a VC, what is the price range to get a better one then the i5 internal VC?

Thanks for the help.

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a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2011 10:34:14 PM

if you are talking about the igp then it is sufficient for movies and tv but will not game
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a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2011 10:34:49 PM

what is your budget? monitors res? and full spec? we can recommend a discrete gpu for your system if you want to game/...?
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a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2011 10:42:21 PM

For gaming past emulators and facebook its garbage.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
August 15, 2011 10:42:39 PM

Best Intel GMA gets as it is clocked much higher than typical IGPs and have rather decent fill rates however they have very weak shader performance as one can imagine having only 12 shaders. Think of the cpu side of the i5 as a 500hp engine and the gpu as the car in this case a Yugo.


Q: What do Yugos have in common with Ferarris?
A: A Ferrari can go from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, whereas a Yugo can go from 0 to 4 in 60 seconds.
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August 15, 2011 11:17:29 PM

Here is my build. I was figuring I could just do without the video card to save some money. If I do it with the i7 processor, it is about $180 more because I have to get a video card with it. I am sensing that I should have a video card from the responses I am getting.

I was thinking of getting this one but it is starting to get me over my budget of $1100 when I do that.
GIGABYTE GV-R567D3-1GI Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
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Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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2 Drives to make a RAID to back up work.
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Logitech MK520 USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Desktop
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AFT PRO-35U All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader
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ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
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Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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I am also wondering if I need the 128GB SSD or can I get the 64GB SSD and have it be good enough for my OS and other things?
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a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2011 11:22:35 PM

If your only going to be using it for watching videos and word processing and photoshop do you really need to spend so much money? If I were you I would just get an i3 and call it a day. since your not a gamer I doubt your going to overclock so why would you need the k edition 2500?
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August 15, 2011 11:53:05 PM

the i5-2500k is the type of processor you just DONT go with if your not planning to use a gpu as this being a good overclockable cpu belongs in a good gaming rig. if you want something good for browsing and light tasks at a cheaper price id go with the intel i3-2105 3.1ghz as its their cheapest processor to have intel hd graphics 3000 unlike the other i3's that only have the 2000 version and to boot it is hyperthreaded so you will still be getting great bang for your buck.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 12:01:23 AM

^+1 agreed the i3 would be a lot more fitting

or an am3 setup will be a lot cheaper (mobo/cpu wise) and still suit the OPs needs, possibly am3+ with a cheaper cpu so there is an upgrade path... that way the OP could spend a little extra on a mid-range discrete GPU
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August 16, 2011 12:11:47 AM

^^^
i agree but if he were to change his mind and go to gaming the processor wouldnt be able to cope as well as the i3 as linus showed on his video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW1NdcHSUiw .The i3 can run games very well (the i3 would be alot quicker at day to day tasks aswell) whereas the amd's even at the same price really can't compare unless you intend to overclock , the things the poster intends to use his pc for doesnt really make him sound like the type of person who would really bother doing that.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 12:16:58 AM

yeah but in games with demanding quads (like in a lot of upcoming releases of good games) an oc'ed 9XX would do a lot better than the i3 imo

either cpu would be a good choice but I just lean towards the AM3+ board and a p2 x4 955 lets say over the i3 equivalent because of the BD capability (although with respect to the 1155 boards they would be compatible with ivy bridge in the future so really either is a good call I just lean to the amd solution, not to mention that the 955 can be oc'ed like a demon with the right setup which can all be done cheaply whereas the i3 sits where it is performance wise
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August 16, 2011 12:23:55 AM

point (i intend to use a phenom iix4 965 black my self on my build),but then again as you said he can upgrade to an ivy bridge in the future when he has no need for the i3 whereas with amd he has to get a new mobo which is going to cost even more money than what you would save in the first place.if your going to go AMD make sure your ready to use the unlocked cpu to its best effect by overclocking ect ,But personaly i think the i3 is a safer bet for your average person as you dont have to worry about overclocking and tampering with the cpu for its optimal results and you just get everything you need out the box.
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 12:36:39 AM

youre right the i3 is better for the average person but imo the 955 has more potential
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August 16, 2011 2:44:04 AM

Pedd and JJB,

Thank you for your insights. I have thought alot about what you have said, and I do think this will be an overkill for my Dad's computer for what he is going to use it for. I just want to make sure he will be able to expand if needed and here is the kicker.

I can get the i5 2500k from Micro center for $180 plus when I buy the MOBO there, I get another $40 off. IF you factor that into the i5 price it is $140. Unfortunately, the only i3 they sell at Micro Center is the 2100 and that does not have the HD graphics 3000. So the only place I could get the i3 at would someplace like Newegg and their price is $135. They do not offer the CPU/Processor combo and their MOBO that I am going to buy is still $10 more then what I can get at Microcenter. I would follow your suggestion if they had that i3 processor but in the end I think doing the i5 is a no brainer.

Summary.

i5 2500k ($179.99) + Asus P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 ($169.99) -$40 combo = $309.98 + $22.57 Tax = $332.55

i3 2105 ($134.99) + Asus P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Intel Z68 ($179.99) = $314.98

~only a $17 difference and I have the i5. Now, I still am wondering if the video card on the processor will be alright?
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a b U Graphics card
August 16, 2011 4:18:01 AM

Id go for the first combo you have listed personally
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August 16, 2011 4:27:47 PM

I would agree with those who say just get an i3, instead. I have an HTPC built around an i3 which I use for streaming video and music, Blu-Ray, emulator games, as well as a little bit of online gaming at moderate settings. However, if you can get that price on the i5, I see no reason not to.

With what you're describing, I don't think you're going to stress the video capabilities or even see the processor put under load all that often. Unless you're doing some very intense, very high-resolution Photoshop work (I could be mistaken, but I don't think this leans heavily on the GPU anyway), this sounds fairly light-duty.

Regarding the SSD, I think 64 will work, as long as you're really just using it for the OS and related data. If you're planning to install a number of applications as well, you will find yourself needing more.
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August 27, 2011 12:45:18 AM

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