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July 1, 2012 12:46:23 AM

I want to build a new computer but am a little confused about the i7 Sandy Bridge processors and the intel HD graphics. I do realize I must buy a motherboard that is compatable with this but will this supply the graphics without a seperate video card? and or would adding a seperate video card help or hinder the overal graphics.
Thanks so much
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July 1, 2012 12:55:50 AM

i7 sandy bridge comes with built in intel hd3000 graphics if you have a h67 or z68 motherboard.

However, that intel hd3000 graphics only does the bare minimum. If you are building your computer for gaming and/or professional use, then you need to get a better graphics card. Intel hd3000 simply isn't enough for series video editting/gaming.

Hope that helps, and let use know if you need help choosing a graphics card :) 
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July 1, 2012 1:00:01 AM

shamsmu said:
i7 sandy bridge comes with built in intel hd3000 graphics if you have a h67 or z68 motherboard.

However, that intel hd3000 graphics only does the bare minimum. If you are building your computer for gaming and/or professional use, then you need to get a better graphics card. Intel hd3000 simply isn't enough for series video editting/gaming.

Hope that helps, and let use know if you need help choosing a graphics card :) 



Yes, thank you very much. I would be interested in advice of a good gaming card.
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July 1, 2012 1:01:32 AM

froman39 said:
Yes, thank you very much. I would be interested in advice of a good gaming card.


what is your budget and rest of the system spec?(motherboard, cpu, power supply)
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July 1, 2012 1:15:38 AM

$150 - XFX Double HD 7770 Ghz Edition
$300 - Sapphire Radeon 7870 GHZ Edition
$450 - Asus DirectCU II GTX 670 TOP
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July 1, 2012 1:16:40 AM

froman39 said:
I want to build a new computer but am a little confused about the i7 Sandy Bridge processors and the intel HD graphics. I do realize I must buy a motherboard that is compatable with this but will this supply the graphics without a seperate video card? and or would adding a seperate video card help or hinder the overal graphics.
Thanks so much


if you plan on gaming with your computer then the answer definitely yes. what is your preferred gaming resolution?
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July 1, 2012 1:20:37 AM

shamsmu said:
what is your budget and rest of the system spec?(motherboard, cpu, power supply)



The MB I am looking at is Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155
CPU is i7 2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4
memory is Corsair XMS3 16gb (4X4) DDR 1333
I am looking for a good gaming card less than $300

Thanks again, I really appreciate your input
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July 1, 2012 1:23:44 AM

XavierTobin said:
$150 - XFX Double HD 7770 Ghz Edition
$300 - Sapphire Radeon 7870 GHZ Edition
$450 - Asus DirectCU II GTX 670 TOP



Thanks so much. I appreciate you offering different budget types
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July 1, 2012 3:58:35 AM

froman39 said:
The MB I am looking at is Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155
CPU is i7 2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4
memory is Corsair XMS3 16gb (4X4) DDR 1333
I am looking for a good gaming card less than $300

Thanks again, I really appreciate your input



Sorry about the tad late reply, but like everyone else said- your best bet is to get the hd7850 within that budget. Get the Asus direct Cu II one if you want to overclock it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, if you could extend your budget a little, then by all means get the gtx670. It would perform a lot better and you will be a lot more future proof for extra $120. It would also be a well match for your i7 2600k.

I have got the Asus gtx 670 direct cu II Top and it performs better than most of the gtx680s which cost's about $150 more.

Read this article- http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

Or if you want to save some $$, then get the gigabyte gtx 670 windforce 3x one- it beats all the gtx 670s in terms of price/performance.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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