Hey, so I'm building an AMD computer on a low budget, and looking at a couple different options regarding video.
One would be to buy a motherboard with an onboard Radeon HD 4250 (or others with similar onboard video), and the other would be to buy a motherboard with no onboard video and get a very cheap video card - probably something with GeForce 8400 GS or similar.
The total cost of either option would be about the same. I wanted to see which option you guys think would have better performance.
The HD4250 IGP is actually slightly faster than the 8400 GS. Neither are capable for gaming except for older games on very low settings but beyond that either should be fine. If you want to play current games then you can get something passable at low resolutions for about $50.
I had looked into Llano processors, but decided against that. The FM1 seems to be a newer format, so there's not as many options for motherboards, so they're a bit more expensive, and (at least the ones I saw) didn't seem to have PATA, so I'd have to get an extra card for that too - since I've got some older drives (hard drives and optical) that I want to be able to use in there. Also, I got the impression that the CPUs themselves weren't as powerful as the Phenom II line.
I'm not much of a gamer, so a real powerful video card isn't that important for me. Just want something to get the job done. I'll mostly be watching movies and stuff with this computer. Also sometimes video editing/rendering and other graphic design type stuff, but it's my understanding that this sorta thing is more CPU intensive, and doesn't so much need a heavy duty GPU...