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3 years ago#1
I just bought a few parts to build an HTPC. The CPU is a A6-5400K, AMD Radeon HD 7540D. I have an old video card lying around as well, a Radeon HD 4670 1GB that I could pop in there, but is there any benefit?

Granted, there will be little gaming on this computer. Mostly old emulators, maybe some indie games. But in general, is there a benefit to adding the card?

Thanks for the help :)
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3 years ago#2
No, you should use the integrated graphics.
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3 years ago#3
Shub posted...
No, you should use the integrated graphics.


Thanks. So the 1gb of memory in the card isn't worth anything? I'm only putting 4gb of RAM in this build.
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3 years ago#4
Nah, the APU will do the job fine here. Just make sure you get DDR3 1866. It's not mandatory but it helps a lot with APU performance.
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3 years ago#5
Did you got for a mini ITX build? if so what motherboard did you use?
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3 years ago#6
SolidManifest posted...
Did you got for a mini ITX build? if so what motherboard did you use?


I had to use the ASRock FM2A85X-ITX because I wanted the 7 SATA ports. Only problem is that most cpu coolers won't work with it due to not being able to use a backplate.

But for now, I'll have a lot of free room in the case (Node 304) due to only having 2 HDs in there so I'm not too worried about the temps.
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3 years ago#7
Cant hurt to use the dedicated GPU, but it's not necessary.
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