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Old 2nd January 2016
  #1
Gear Nut
New PC - Graphics card question

Hi all,

Just a quick question for the more technically minded..

I'm about to buy a new studio PC, am probably going to get one from Scan. The model I am looking at has the 6700k processor, and an Asus Z170-A motherboard. The PC is purely for studio use and wont even be connected to the internet.

My question is this - This Z170-A motherboard has integrated graphics. I'm not sure whether to just go with the integrated graphics or spend an extra £28 on a Radeon R5 230 1gb graphic card?

- Will the integrated graphics be good enough to view multiple plugins etc over 2 screens?
- Does using the integrated graphics on the motherboard slow down the main CPU in any way?

So what should I do, go with the integrated graphics or just buy a cheap graphics card (R5 230).

Any advice much appreciated as its the only thing I cant decide on
Old 2nd January 2016
  #2
yes it will be fine. Better for DPC as well. Just remember that a portion of your system memory will be allocated so bump it up just a bit (you don't need 64G unless you have massive sample libraries). Just a little bump if you plan to use 16G for music.
Old 2nd January 2016
  #3
Gear Nut
I use the EastWest libraries quite a bit and was planning on getting 16gb Ram. Do you think I should bump it up to 32Gb?

Sorry I know nothing about computers - so are you saying it I use the Motherboard's integrated graphics it will use some of the system RAM, and if I get a graphics card it wont?

Thanks for the reply
Old 3rd January 2016
  #4
Gear Maniac
 

The onboard graphics is located on the 6700k cpu and should be more than enough for what you need, it can actually handle 3 monitors if the motherboard has the outputs. Consider your current RAM requirements on your system. If you currently have a 8GB system and have been fine, 16GB will work out great, but I would configure it with two 8GB sticks so you have 2 unused slots to upgrade to 32GB later.

Personally I would go with nvidia for a standalone gpu over AMD if you go that route.
Old 3rd January 2016
  #5
Gear Maniac
 
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I normally recommend a dedicated GPU compared to integrated graphics. The intergrated graphics take up system ram as compared to a GPUs on board memory. Also There is a CPU hit (Albeit with the new Skylake processors like the 6700 a negligible hit) using the integrated graphics. Just get a small GPU that can handle you monitor needs.
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