Will i5 3750k's HD 4000 handle easy games?

Hey folks!
Im about to buy a new PC in a few months, and I was thinking - I generally want some easy budget machine with good upgrade potencial for browsing net and playing some games... But Im totally not into the new games, I just sometimes play the old ones (aka Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Trackmania or so) or the games with low requirements (League of Legends); the most demanding game I play is Lineage 2, which is more depending on CPU... So I was thinking... Do I need an extra GPU? Won't the new integrated graphic on Intel i5 3750k handle these?

I'd firstly play on 1280x1024, later on 1980x1080

Yes, I know some Intel G620 + HD 6770 would make the job better for me, but as I said, I want the good upgrading potential - if I bought these now, I'd probably have to change both later =(

Thank you for your answers! Have a nice day! ;)
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  1. Basic games low resolution yes! It has the potential to be upgraded with a discrete GPU when you switch to 1080P
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    The hd 3000 can play those games on med/high now so sure the hd 4000 can play on high. And as rolli said, you could always just upgrade if it isn't enough.
  3. It will run all of those games fine, I know that you can actually manage a lot more than just that out of that IGP when the time comes.
  4. You'll have no problems with Jedi Knight:JA since it can play that game on my old IBM ThinkPad T40 with a Pentium M 1.5Ghz and Reason 7500.

    The Intel HD 4000 will be about equal to the desktop Radeon HD 5550 video card based on current performance estimates.
  5. Yep apparently from what i've read HD 4000 can handle games like L4D2 quite well.
  6. If hd3000 is roughly ~5450 then hd4000 might be like a 5550 to a 5670.
  7. amuffin said:
    If hd3000 is roughly ~5450 then hd4000 might be like a 5550 to a 5670.

    That's a huge spread in performance.

    If the Intel HD 4000 represents a 60% performance increase, then it will be roughly equal to a Radeon HD 5550 based on benchmarks between a Radeon HD 5450 and the HD 5550.
  8. The hardware might be there but I have no faith in their drivers. Atleast you'll have an upgrade path. So 'win/win' I guess :)
  9. Best answer selected by aquaquake.
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