Is a motherboards graphics card enough?

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Sienipiiras
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So, I'm just wondering if a mobos graphics card is enough for a pc. I'm asking this for my dad. He was thinking of buying a motherboard which has an in-built graphics card so is it enough for a pc. It would be mainly used for music and maybe watching some videos. I mean like singing, playing and editing music.

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Depending on the CPU/RAM/Motherboard combo, if you pick a celeron, don't expect it to be really fast to edit a song however it will be ok, just slow on rendering as listen to video/music don't need a lot of power... I think you should have a decent soundcard/capture card to have great capture options and quality if you're not already using one of those cards...

the mid range would be plenty of power for that use if you need a new machine... List the model of the motherboard you watch and we will confirm all that...

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The general rule I tell people at work, if you are doing more than Word and Excel get at least a basic card or look at on CPU options. Like the APU chips from AMD or the i3/i5 chips from Intel. For most people the A6 chip from AMD is plenty for going online and watching movies, surfing, and playing some very basic games. If you need more you can buy a $50-80 card and crossfire it with the built in GPU. Now keep in mind, the GPU is on the CPU, so the mobo has little effect on performance.

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Absolutely right. If you aren't using 3D, then modern on-board (or on-chip) graphics are fine. For 3D, stay away from the on-chip on the Core i processors, but the new AMD Trinity APU's (depending on which you go after) actually perform OK if you aren't expecting bleeding-edge performance. However, either will give you excellent desktop performance and video decoding and playback.

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The AMD chips are stronger than the i-series on the GPU side, but the i-Series is stronger, by a lot on the CPU side. If you are not doing video editing, even basic editing, stick with Intel. For everything else, the AMD APU chips are great.

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Yeah, if i wanna build a new "Cheap" rig i'll go on the AMD side with their APU... but if i want a dedicated GPU then i go on the intel side as the compute power is better from their CPU even a simple I3 almost beat (if not) their fastest APU, only the iGPU is slower so that says enough...

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Remember that in apps that support OpenCL, the upper-end Trinity APU's are WAY faster than the i3 and i5 options. AMD has really focused the horsepower on the GPU in those chips, and I (IMHO) find them a great option for a very usable yet cheap rig.

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If he is into editing music buy him a nice sound card. On-board audio and video have come a long way, but even still they require resources such as memory. Maybe the next time you upgrade your Video card just give him yours. wink

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I used an amd APU for a build for similar uses as what you stated. It works great!

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Alright thanks for the info guys. We've been looking for parts and we decided to get him a "fully loaded" pc with a separate video card.