Seperate graphics or onboard shared graphics

  Sparkly 20:41 19 Jan 2006

Hi can anyone tell me can i install a graphics card onto a motherboard that has onboard shared graphics? I am trying to gather some information about the graphics and sound before i attemt to go on and try to build a pc.The same question allso to a seperate sound card when it allso has onboard sound chips. Is it diffacult to set them up if the board has these allready or would it be better to buy a motherboard that does not have these built in, i am thinking to build a dedicated system purely for video editing,not nessacarely a top end price machine but one capable as far as memory,graphics,sond and storeage go. Any help would great, thanks,

  Strawballs 21:48 19 Jan 2006

If you are buying new then as long as the board has a agp or the newer PCI-E slot on the board then yes you can fit a seperate graphics card and it is easy, with some boards all you have to do is plug in the card and plug your moniter into that and it is automatic.

  Totally-braindead 21:55 19 Jan 2006

As Strawballs has said for the graphics. On board graphics is fine at the start but I personally think it is a big mistake for a lot of people not to buy one that has either an AGP slot or a PCI Express lot for further upgrading if needed. The onboard sound is not an issue, all you do is disable it, plug the new sound card in, install the drivers and thats it. You may be pleasantly surprised with the onboard sound, its come on leaps and bounds and really is quite good now. If you aren't happy with it just buy a seperate sound card.

  Joe R 21:58 19 Jan 2006


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  rmcqua 21:58 19 Jan 2006

No problem doing this. Either the m/b will recognize that you have a separate AGP or PCI-E card fitted and disable the onboard graphics or you have the option of doing this in BIOS. Same goes for the audio. In any event, you will be connecting your monitor cable and speaker system to the outputs of your choice - the onboard ones or the separate cards' sockets.

  Totally-braindead 22:07 19 Jan 2006

Joe R I think you misread the post, its not for the PC he has now its for his next one.

  gudgulf 23:37 19 Jan 2006

A couple of things to consider......

Onboard Sound......these days usually very good.Most motherboards will have at least 5.1 sound output and the norm is 7.1 of good enough quality for most users.

The main reasons for updating to a seperate sound card are for gaming (better support for specialised 3D positioning effects and lower cpu usage) and audio recording/peocessing.

Onboard graphics......these are very basic and will lack any facilities for analogue video capture.

Whilst they will probably suffice you might be better off going for a decent quality graphics card with digital/analogue video capture built in straight away and not bothering with onboard graphics.Some video editing programs can use the power of the graphics card to boost video encoding performance as well,which is something else to consider.

Another reason for not using onboard graphics.....All the motherboards I can find with built in graphics are "Micro-ATX" format.Which merans they are smaller than normal and you will get only 2 or 3 PCI slots and an AGP slot.This is worse for PCI-express as you will will find one of the PCI slots replaced with a 1x PCI-e slot.

If you want to add components such as seperate soundcard and say, a DVD capture or TV tuner card you might find you dont have enough free slots.

My advice......go for a full size ATX motherboard /seperate graphics card for best performance and to ensure adequate expansion slots for upgrading.Make sure you use the latest PCI-e (PCI express) standard to ensure you can get a good choice of graphics card and for a degree of future proofing (AGP cards are disappearing off the market).

  woodchip 23:53 19 Jan 2006

You can Add a Card and you can use both together at the same time with two monitors. Or you can disable the Onboard in Device Manager and just use the new Card

  Sparkly 09:01 20 Jan 2006

Thanks guys all of you came back quickly to my thread and has been of help.
Many thanks.

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