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GPU on a very low budget, not for gaming.

#1cuteboi100Posted 8/30/2013 10:55:03 AM(edited)
Hello, I'm putting together a low budget build just for watching videos and web browsing and was wondering what GPU would be necessary.

Is the GPU important while streaming youtube videos? I know the GPU might be used to accelerate the process but I don't think it's very necessary if the CPU is strong enough.

CPU that I've chosen is the Athlon II x3 450. The Mobo that I have also has ATI HD 3000 integrated graphics, which is probably useless.

Looking to hook this computer up to a 1080p monitor.

Thanks in advance.
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#2ShubPosted 8/30/2013 10:57:40 AM
The onboard graphics solution ought to be adequate for what you have in mind. I would try it as-is and see how it goes. If you find that there is a problem and you think it's due to the GPU, buy a $30 Radeon HD 6450 and you should be all set.
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#3GreenMage7Posted 8/30/2013 11:00:35 AM
Shub posted...
The onboard graphics solution ought to be adequate for what you have in mind. I would try it as-is and see how it goes. If you find that there is a problem and you think it's due to the GPU, buy a $30 Radeon HD 6450 and you should be all set.


Yeah he nailed it. However, this one is ~$17 after a rebate, that's about as low budget as you can get.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127584&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
#4TubaDeevoPosted 8/30/2013 11:01:46 AM
At that pricepoint, TC, you might consider one of AMDs APU. The A6-5400k is the same price as the Athlon at Newegg, and much newer
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#5OldSorrowPosted 8/30/2013 11:05:34 AM
Yea get an APU
#6ShubPosted 8/30/2013 11:08:22 AM
TubaDeevo posted...
At that pricepoint, TC, you might consider one of AMDs APU. The A6-5400k is the same price as the Athlon at Newegg, and much newer


OldSorrow posted...
Yea get an APU


I kind of assumed TC just had the Athlon and the motherboard lying around, but if that's not the case, then an APU is definitely a much better idea.
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#7GreenMage7Posted 8/30/2013 11:11:06 AM
Shub posted...
TubaDeevo posted...
At that pricepoint, TC, you might consider one of AMDs APU. The A6-5400k is the same price as the Athlon at Newegg, and much newer


OldSorrow posted...
Yea get an APU


I kind of assumed TC just had the Athlon and the motherboard lying around, but if that's not the case, then an APU is definitely a much better idea.


Wait, he said the CPU he picked though. Even if he already has the motherboard, Athlon uses the same socket as the APUs I'm pretty sure.

TC, would you mind giving us the lowdown on your entire build? We might be able to help you out with it and save some money.
#8cuteboi100(Topic Creator)Posted 8/30/2013 11:12:28 AM
Yeah, I already purchased the Mobo and CPU because I assumed that a decent GPU was needed. I was also not impressed by the outlook of the FM2 socket that AMD APUs use.

I've decided to give the integrated graphics a try and put in a GPU if needed.

Thanks everyone.
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#9cuteboi100(Topic Creator)Posted 8/30/2013 11:17:00 AM(edited)
My mobo is an Asus 760G chipset
Generic everything else.

All I don't have is a CPU and GPU. I'm open to CPU suggestions at the moment but I think the Athlon II x3 450 is right for me.

I derped and bought a Fx-8120 because there was a nice sale going on but then realized that my mobo is only rated for 95W not the 125W needed for the 8120 so now I have to return it, losing money on shipping.
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#10GreenMage7Posted 8/30/2013 11:59:05 AM
Actually, if your motherboard is capable of unlocking the fourth core then that would be a pretty good deal. I think I remember some of the Asus boards being capable of doing this. Well, it seems like you've done your research on what processor you want so hope everything goes smoothly for you.