Chose a Processor and Graphics card

  wee eddie 21:34 29 Jan 2013

This is, at the present, a Cost/Benefit computation, rather than an immediate Purchase choice, so is fairly generalized.

Should I chose an i3 or i5 Processor with a Graphics Card, or an i7 Processor without? I believe that the 'K' variant, of each Processor, has the better 'stand alone' Graphics capabilities, is this correct?

All teamed up with a decent sized SSD

  wee eddie 22:51 29 Jan 2013

x7-250 - I was aware of that, but I think that I read somewhere that the K variation also had superior graphics handling capabilities.

  wee eddie 00:10 30 Jan 2013

If I am to be logical about things, an i3 with a Mid-Range Graphics Card will adequately cover my current requirements.

However I am hoping to created a Keyboard & Mouse based Core for my Home Computing set-up, which will stand me in good stead for the next 5 years, or so.

While I expect to have a Tablet within the year, I do not think that I wish to spend all my On-line time with a tiny Tablet sized screen and I don't think that a vertically mounted 24" Touch Screen, at arms length, is a practical proposition for more than a few minutes at a time.

  lotvic 00:33 30 Jan 2013

wee eddie, that's exactly the conclusion I have come to :) so will be watching your choice with interest, if and when you decide to purchase same and post on pca. I'm looking to replace my ageing Dell (2006)

I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and although fun for pics and stuff, for me it in no way replaces a desktop with keyboard and mouse and certainly is not much cop for browsing web. Apart from the smaller screen - touch browsing is not fun when I'm all the time trying not to touch the multitude of links when I all I want to do is scroll up or down a page.

  wee eddie 07:58 30 Jan 2013

I'm getting towards an i7K Processor, with no Graphics Card (could add one in a few years), a 500GB SSD and an External USB3 Hard Drive for Movies etc.

Current External Hard Drives in USB2 Enclosures - Just buy a couple of USB3 Enclosures.

  Chronos the 2nd 08:14 30 Jan 2013

It really depends on what you use your PC for. I have an HTPC which has a G840 CPU and will more than handle video at 1080, it fact I have recently remove a GPU from this PC to use on a mobo I was having problems with and have been most impressed with the graphics on a Dell U2411 monitor and a 32" LED TV so much so I will not be replacing the discrete GPU any time soon.OK it will never play games at a decent framerate but I have my i5 2500K and GTX670 PC for that.

So again I say what CPU you buy does depend completely on what the main use of your PC is.

  Ian in Northampton 08:57 30 Jan 2013

Like Chronos says: for anything other than moderate-to-hardcore gaming, the inbuilt graphics on the latest generation of processors is generally more than enough for general purpose computing.

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