In the generation of Intel processors before the 2nd generation Sandy Bridge ones with the integrated graphics, ones like the i7 960 or so wouldn't have any integrated graphics at all. Is it necessarily true that having one of the older processors is better since the CPU doesn't have to work the integrated graphics as well? A friend of mine advised that I do so because of this reason and my current gaming PC runs a 960 or 970 (can't remember which one). I know it's probably no longer an issue for discussion with modern computer purchases, but I'm curious.
Also, do they still produce these "dedicated" CPUs or are they all Sandy and Ivy Bridge ones now?