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Hi I'm building a new PC - Rysen 5 2600 Asus x470 Pro mb.
I'm not a gamer.
I use my computer for watching guitar videos, tv, etc, web surfing, reading static text - newspapers, some light audio recording, and watching movies.

What should I look for in a graphics card?
How much should I pay?
Please recommend specific cards.
Many thanks
 

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For your needs, just an inexpensive graphics card will do all that you need.

A RX 550 or GT 1030 should be more than enough.
 
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You could have saved yourself a bunch of money and just gotten an APU.
 
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Is it something like a stopgap, do have plans (if any) to upgrade in the future? If you plan to keep it for a short while try a used card, if that's acceptable to you course. If it's longer term you should buy something closer to RX560, GTX1050 levels.
 
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Just go with Ryzen 5 2400G, drop your motherboard choice to some decent B450 with triple-display outputs and save your cash.
It's more than capable for your needs. Built-in decoder can easily do 10-bit 4K HEVC, or anything else you throw at it.
I think even R3 2200G can do all of the above. You can put all the cash you've saved towards a big-ass NVME drive or a decent external audio interface for your guitar recording.
 
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if you haven't purchased the 2600 already then go with 2400g,a b450 mobo would be more than fine too.Save money for a bigger/faster ssd.But if you can hold on for a while then I'd wait for the 7nm APUs,they're gonna be fantastic.
 

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Agreed, get the 2400G. Solid performer I just built a couple of em for a friend and we're both quite impressed with the results. Cool, quiet, efficient and more GPU capability that we'd expected from iGPU. I should've done some benches...but more than enough for what the OP seeks.
 
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AMD: R7 240 low Profile (Used)....
Nvidia: Zotac GTX 1050TI Mini...
I run these....gives satisfactory performance without breaking the bank...
 
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generally , the iGPU in your processor will suffice. if your doesnt have an iGPU, get the cheapest card you can find that fits your PC
 

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Just go with Ryzen 5 2400G, drop your motherboard choice to some decent B450 with triple-display outputs and save your cash.
It's more than capable for your needs. Built-in decoder can easily do 10-bit 4K HEVC, or anything else you throw at it.
I think even R3 2200G can do all of the above. You can put all the cash you've saved towards a big-ass NVME drive or a decent external audio interface for your guitar recording.
Those Ryzen APUs can handle the demands
 
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Definitely get a 2200g or 2400g ryzen apu that processor and motherboard is way overkill for what you described and you could save about £200 with an apu and b450 motherboard
 
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2400G and forget about videocards.

It's more than good enough EVEN FOR GAMING (albeit only casual stuff at max settings, but IT CAN run Crysis if you drop the detail :)
Don't forget that those 4 Zen cores are real cores ! Not just "threads" like for Intel i3's which are just dual cores.
 

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Don't forget that those 4 Zen cores are real cores ! Not just "threads" like for Intel i3's which are just dual cores.
The current i3's are quad-cores.
 
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The current i3's are quad-cores.
Ah yes, you are correct... dual cores have been moved to "Pentium" brand.

But this applies for only 8000 series, I see that 7000 are still dual cores.
So not really that far off...

But yea, finally, it was about damn time!
 
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Hi I'm building a new PC - Rysen 5 2600 Asus x470 Pro mb.
I'm not a gamer.
I use my computer for watching guitar videos, tv, etc, web surfing, reading static text - newspapers, some light audio recording, and watching movies.
That CPU is an overkill. Clearly, get an APU or go with Intel.

Also, why not simply get a laptop? Do you really need a desktop?
 
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Switch to the Rysen 3 2400G CPU or keep that CPU with a GTX 1030
 
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RX 550 2 GB or RX 560 2 GB.
 

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