GPU + i5 vs i5 3570k

Looking for advise on whether I am better just going with an integrated CPU video vs using a video card.

Don't do any gaming but do some photo adjusting for my wife's art to ensure colour is correct.

I read that the i5 3570K was a pretty decent CPU with integrated graphics. How would this compare to say
something like this

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ NCIX)

I see the following bundle with i5 3570K

NCIX Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Processor & Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H CrossFireX Motherboard $349.99 @NCIX

Is the separate video card route going to be much superior
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  1. For what youve described in my opinion you dont need a gpu the integrated hd4000 is enough for editing photos aslong as youve got a good monitor. IPS monitors have the best colour quality at the moment and provide the truest representation of the original image.
  2. In gaming? The 550 Ti one would me much faster than the HD 4000.
  3. You are leaving out an option

    You can get
    the i53450+ the motherboard for $199+$99 = $300.

    Which is $50 less than the combo.

    Now your comparison is if you need the difference between hd2500 (in the 3450) versus hd4000 as well as if you need the overclocking ability provided by 3570k..

    I cannot tell if HD2500 will be enough for you; but even if it is not you are not stuck.
    So I'd start with 3450, try it out.
    Then if the Graphics is not good enough, add an extra graphics card as future purchase which will leapfrog you over the 3570k.
  4. I've used HD4000 on the 3570k and it is better than people expect. You should be plenty happy with it.
  5. raytseng said:
    You are leaving out an option

    You can get
    the i53450+ the motherboard for $199+$99 = $300.

    Which is $50 less than the combo.

    Now your comparison is if you need the difference between hd2500 (in the 3450) versus hd4000 as well as if you need the overclocking ability provided by 3570k..

    I cannot tell if HD2500 will be enough for you; but even if it is not you are not stuck.
    So I'd start with 3450, try it out.
    Then if the Graphics is not good enough, add an extra graphics card as future purchase which will leapfrog you over the 3570k.


    So are you saying do the build with just the 3450 and see whether I am happy with its capabilities and if not then add a GPU? Then you believe a combination of the 3450 and a graphics card is going to be superior to the 3570K?

    I think that makes sense as I can save some money initially adding later if I want. Seeing as currently I am getting alone reasonably with a 5 year old Dell Vostro 200 Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 / 1.80 GHz even what I am contemplating might be overkill. I just don't want to be looking for something again in several years.

    Is the choice of Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 okay or can someone recommend another I could consider?
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