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First time builder.

Background info. I'm starting a major in Computer Science - Software Engineering. I've decided to sell my macbook because they hold their value well and I will probably end up getting a job in a PC environment. I'm going to build my own PC desktop (2500K build) I'm not a huge gamer (obviously b/c I came from Mac...)

I understand that the Z68 chipset not only has OC potential but also integrated graphics. If I not intending to get into hardcore gaming (I know I would love it, but I don't quite have the time or money to get into it right now) Would getting a Z68 chipset alleviate my need for getting a discreet GPU?

If so, that saves me tons of money, plus I've always got the option later down the road if I change my mind.

Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 8
The Intel graphics in the 2500K is pretty powerful, around the level of an entry-level Radeon 5450. Here's a review with a few game tested, it will give you a better idea of the level of performance you can expect: CLICK
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With a Sandybridge chip, This is possible however, from what i've been reading some people have been noticing problems with just normal windows rendering, (when dragging windows, and other visualizations that windows 7 does).

The other thing I would assume to be true is that it would be sharing system ram to support the GPU. Some of these problems could possibly be stemming from the amount/type of ram that people are using, but that is pure conjecture on my part!

If you do go this route I'd love to see the results!
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If you gamed on a Mac then an HD 3000 should suffice. If you find that it doesn't, you can always pick up a discrete (NOT discreet!) GPU down the road.
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I think kz26 is spot on. I'll try it out and let you guys know what happens, and if it fails horribly then I can just buy a discrete gpu.
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Also think that if you have the iGP inside the CPU running more heat and power will be drawn from the mobo and CPU... plus you will be probably using some more ram
just my 2 cents....
Better to get a kickass system (not overkill, however) and future proof it rather than cost-cutting (experience)
Plus, p67 prices will go down
    
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post #7 of 8
Btw, you can code on a Mac, in fact a lot of universities such as MIT mainly use Macs. I still think you should build your rig, because it's an awesome experience, but as far as laptops go, if you have the money, the Macs are the best.
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Yeah, I've heard that coding on a mac really isn't a problem other than the occasional compatibility issues. I know the Mac OS like the back of my hand, and the build quality is amazing (as well as looks)

I just decided I want a PC because the experience of learning about it. Also, I'm a bit sick of this 13 inch macbook pro with a 2.26 ghz Intel core duo processor.

I've been looking and the depreciation on macbooks is very small, so it's not going to cost me too much either.

All signs point to go!
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