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I have been debating this for a while but would it be worth it to get a cheap low power graphic card for a little more amp? My power supply came with the case and its rated at 250w, typical fusion power draw is 19 to 40w. Also my mobo only uses 4x instead of 16x. Do you think it will be a waste and would my integrated card run hybride with the dedicated graphics card?

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Hybrid - I have not heard, but I'm saying no. In terms of GPU, yea, you may get some performance boost, but the E-350 is not a powerful processor. It will most likely bottleneck anything decent and many games (ports especially) are very CPU intensive. I would love for you to try it out though and see what happens.
   
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I have been debating this for a while but would it be worth it to get a cheap low power graphic card for a little more amp? My power supply came with the case and its rated at 250w, typical fusion power draw is 19 to 40w. Also my mobo only uses 4x instead of 16x. Do you think it will be a waste and would my integrated card run hybride with the dedicated graphics card?

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can't do hybrid graphics with that chipset

However that card should be ok for the 4x slot, any 128 bit card is fine for a 4x slot.
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Adding a discrete GPU won't help as you're already facing a severe CPU bottleneck. I remember seeing benchmarks of Zacate paired with an HD 5570 and in most cases, you only got an extra 1-2 fps over integrated. I say don't bother.
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Adding a discrete GPU won't help as you're already facing a severe CPU bottleneck. I remember seeing benchmarks of Zacate paired with an HD 5570 and in most cases, you only got an extra 1-2 fps over integrated. I say don't bother.

bottleneck?
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You have to remember that compared to, say, a$50-60 Athlon II X2 or Celeron Wolfdale or something, Zacate is 3-4x slower on the CPU front. You'd have to go back a few CPU generations to get performance that bad.
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You have to remember that compared to, say, a$50-60 Athlon II X2 or Celeron Wolfdale or something, Zacate is 3-4x slower on the CPU front. You'd have to go back a few CPU generations to get performance that bad.


after looking into it some more,the E-350 is comparable to the power hog Pentium D 820 and that old thing can run something like a 4670 with ease. It is also slightly behind a Sempron 140
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after looking into it some more,the E-350 is comparable to the power hog Pentium D 820 and that old thing can run something like a 4670 with ease. It is also slightly behind a Sempron 140

Discrete GPUs on Brazos: CPU and PCIe Bound
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Aside from Modern Warfare 2 and BioShock 2, nearly all games were CPU bound.

HD 5670 is closer to 9800 GT level while HD 4670 is lower than 9600 GT and is probably quite comparable to the HD 5570 used in the above comparison.
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Discrete GPUs on Brazos: CPU and PCIe Bound
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Aside from Modern Warfare 2 and BioShock 2, nearly all games were CPU bound.

HD 5670 is closer to 9800 GT level while HD 4670 is lower than 9600 GT and is probably quite comparable to the HD 5570 used in the above comparison.

Yes but all those are low quality. Add AA and higher resolution and the fps with the HD 5570 will not drop.
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...another vote that says discrete graphics on E350 is pointless for two reasons:
*all tests have shown the E350 to be CPU-limited, not GPU limited
*the 6310 is already a 80SP GPU, even if you weren't CPU-limited you'd have to go for something like a 320SP to see some performance benefit.

My 2 cents: the only thing that seems to limit E350 more than its CPU cores is memory bandwidth. In tests @1333 DDR3 shows decent performance gains in 3D apps vs @1066.
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