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Integrated Graphics Chip for this Non-Gamer?

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September 12, 2004 3:18:51 AM

I’m a Non-Gamer building my first computer, and I’m trying to decide between the Intel D865PERL and D865GBF, which seems to be the same board with an integrated graphics chip included for only a few dollars more. I’m mostly going to be using the computer for music production (Cubase, Fruity Loops, etc), editing and organizing digital pictures and web browsing, although I might do some really basic editing of home movies in the future. Would the integrated chip be enough for the things I’m planing on doing, or would I see a performance boost if I went with the D865PERL and a cheap AGP card (like maybe a nVIDIA GeForce4 MX440-8X 64MB DDR, or Radeon 9000 Pro)?

If any one is willing to educate me on the role of a graphics card in non-gaming situations, I’d certainly appreciate that as well. I know graphics cards are essential for 3D computer generated graphics used in games, but I don’t really understand their role or how heavily they are used in displaying web pages, streaming videao, displaying digital pictures etc; and I don’t understand how much relying on an integrated chip to perform these functions taxes a system. Does sharing 64MB out of 1GB of system ram with the graphics chip make any difference in performance? Does a graphics chip do anything else that could slow down the computer besides stealing a little system RAM?

Here are the components that I’ve already settled on for this build:
Intel Pentium 4/ 3.0E GHz 800MHz FSB
1GB Corsair DDR 400 Value Ram (CAS 2.5)
2 Western Digital Hard Drives (80 GB and 120 GB)
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September 12, 2004 3:43:50 AM

The onboard is fine but I'd probably go with a Radeon 7500 instead (around $30). They're just a bit better with playing video and I prefer not to share RAM.

You don't really need it though, you could do just fine with the onboard video.

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September 13, 2004 9:47:03 PM

I agree with Crashman, I dun like sharing my RAM with video card, I would just spend little money to get a video card
September 13, 2004 11:58:38 PM

I ALSO agree with Crashman (geesh crashman you rock), AND the image quality would be a little better I would think if you got an aftermarket AGP card rather than using the Extreme(ly-lame) Graphics 2. I know for sure newer cards would but I'm not sure about the 7500.

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