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Thanks for all the help on CPU Upgrade, but one last question?

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by vnhill1981, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. vnhill1981


    Dec 19, 2011
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    First just wanted to thank y'all for the help on the upgrade. Here's the final decision of what I am going to get (its a combo from Ascentech):

    Asus M4A785-M AM3 785G Hybrid Crossfirex

    CPU: Socket AM3 Support AMD Phenom II/ Athlon II/ Phenom /Athlon /Sempron Processors; Support 45nm CPU and Hyper Transport 3.0 Interface; FSB 5200/2000/1600 MT/s
    Chipset: AMD 785G & SB710
    Memory: 4x 240pin DDR2-1200(OC)/1066/800/667 DIMMs, Dual Channel, ECC/Non-ECC, Un-buffered, Upto 16GB
    Slots: 1x PCI-Express x16 Slot (Support PCI-Express 2.0); 1x PCI-Express x1 Slots; 2x PCI 2.2 Slots
    IDE/SATA: 1x ATA-133 Channel; 6x SATA2 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 10, JBOD
    Audio: VIA1708S 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    Video: ATI Radeon HD 4200 Graphics Controller, Max Shared Memory 512MB
    LAN: Realtek 8112L Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    Ports: 12x USB 2.0 Ports (6 rear, 6 on mid-board); 1x PS/2 Ports; 1x VGA Port; 1x DVI Port; 1x HDMI Port; 1x RJ45 LAN Port; 1x Optical S/PDIF-out Port; Audio I/O Jacks
    Power Connector: 1x 24pin Main Power; 1x 4pin CPU Power
    Form Factor: uATX, 9.6 x 9.6 inch / 24.4 x 24.4 cm
    Product Packaging: OEM / Motherboard & Back-plate (I/O Shield)

    Amd Athlon Ii X4 645 3.1GHz Quad Core

    Process Type: AMD Athlon II X4 Quad-Core Processor 645
    Frequency: 3.1 GHz
    System Bus: 4000 MHz
    Cache L2: 4x 512KB
    Process: 45nm SOI
    Socket: Socket AM3
    Power Consumption: 95 W
    Virtualization: Yes
    (plan on adding the High Speed - Heavy Duty Quiet Run Cooler upgrade)

    Total with shipping $183

    Now here's the question;
    I have a EVGA Nvidia 8400 GS card. The Motherboard comes with ATI Radeon HD 4200 Graphics Controller, Max Shared Memory 512MB as you can see. I am wondering if I should return the Nvidia card and just stick with the graphics controller that comes on the motherboard? Only major function of my PC will be encoding H264 videos (no online gaming). Will I see better performance with the Nvidia over what comes in it? Thanks
  2. Dent1

    May 18, 2010
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    If you are not gaming, there is no reason to have a dedicated video card. And if you are gaming you'd need something of a much better calibar than the two you've selected.

    For encoding, the video card will not come into play at all. Encoding replies upon the CPU horsepower.
  3. Feänor

    Feänor New Member

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    For encoding, graphics don't come into play. The add-on graphic card is not useful at all in your case. You will have a perfectly fine experience with the 4200 chip. If you ever need to have gpu power, then it will always be time to upgrade.
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