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

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February 23, 2012 2:48:10 PM

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! ;) 

a c 863 à CPUs
February 23, 2012 3:50:49 PM

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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February 23, 2012 5:08:57 PM

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.
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February 23, 2012 5:22:17 PM

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.
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a c 473 à CPUs
February 23, 2012 6:04:41 PM

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.
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a c 120 à CPUs
February 23, 2012 6:05:32 PM

Yep apparently from what i've read HD 4000 can handle games like L4D2 quite well.
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a c 186 à CPUs
February 23, 2012 7:20:44 PM

If hd3000 is roughly ~5450 then hd4000 might be like a 5550 to a 5670.
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a c 473 à CPUs
February 23, 2012 7:24:31 PM

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.
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February 23, 2012 8:01:48 PM

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 :) 
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March 1, 2012 5:49:31 AM

Best answer selected by aquaquake.
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