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July 24, 2012 2:18:47 PM

I am considering a build that has the ASUS P8Z68-V LX mobo paired with the Intel Core i5-2500K cpu. The purpose will be lightweight video editing/rendering (10%), viewing Hulu and netflix (20%), some image editing (10%), browsing (50%), and standard office applications (10%).

Questions:
1. This cpu's on board graphics supports dual monitors. How would this be cabled...a splitter of some sort off the DVI port?

2. For what I will be using this machine for, does the i5-2500k make sense? If I outgrow the onboard graphics and eventually put in a discrete graphics card, will the cpu still hold its own for the next 5-7 years?

Still waiting for prices to soften. My newegg wishlist has been hovering around 800-830 for 8 months now. :( 
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July 24, 2012 2:27:00 PM

id suggest a i5 3570k instead. they have more features and is faster. good board for the i5 3570k is a asrock z77 extreme4 or a asus p8z77-v LK
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July 24, 2012 7:58:12 PM

You could run dual monitors with the integrated using 1 HDMI and 1 DVI. I would recommend a $50-$75 GPU instead though.

The only advantage the you will have with the integrated graphics is the ability to use Quick Sync when encoding video. I don't believe that is supported by that motherboard though.
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July 24, 2012 8:01:42 PM

^^^+1.
Pair i5-3570k with Asrock Z77 Extreme 4.
That's what I'm also building. :) 

To answer your questions:
1. The above answer. ^.
But, why won't you buy discrete GPU?

2. Yes. It can last long. But, I doubt you will be using that build in that many years. :) 
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July 24, 2012 8:06:55 PM

stickg1 said:
You could run dual monitors with the integrated using 1 HDMI and 1 DVI. I would recommend a $50-$75 GPU instead though.

Would I get $50-$75 worth of benefit from that expense? In other words, with the usage I outlined above, will I ever be in a situation where I'd say, "I'll pay that money to make this more enjoyable/faster/etc" ?

I'm trying to keep expenses low, so if I can delay the discrete card and enjoy the built in graphics for a couple years (with dual monitors, supported), I'll do that.

Thanks!
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July 24, 2012 8:30:56 PM

gatgat23 said:
^^^+1.
Pair i5-3570k with Asrock Z77 Extreme 4.
That's what I'm also building. :) 

To answer your questions:
1. The above answer. ^.
But, why won't you buy discrete GPU?

2. Yes. It can last long. But, I doubt you will be using that build in that many years. :) 

I'm looking into that pairing now, and it looks very good!

I will buy a discrete GPU provided there is value in that expense. Is there a reason I'd want to spend the extra money? I could always add one later if it turns out the user experience is really bad.

BTW, I'm still rocking a 11 year old 1.7 GHz pentium 4, a prehistoric Nvidia card, 3 almost full IDE drives, a gig of pc133 memory, 17" VGA monitor...so *anything* will be a major improvement!
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July 24, 2012 8:42:24 PM

It depends in you usage. If it is for gaming/video editing, you really need discrete GPU.
But, if you just browse the net or something like that, onboard graphics is enough.

In $50-$75 GPU, I recommend getting HD 6670.
It can handle some of the current games in medium. Some are even in high settings.
If you can add $30, pick the HD 7750. :) 

Now, we are the same!
My other PC has:
-- P4 2.66Ghz.
-- nVidia FX 5500.
-- 160 IDE HDD.
-- 1GB DDR 400.
Well, almost the same. ;) 
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July 25, 2012 11:54:48 AM

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