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Post subject: video card advice  PostPosted: 03.03.2014, 02:48



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Dear all,

Due to some problems with my now six years old computer (see
http://www.aptosid.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=2759),
I am thinking of building a new one.

I've settled on

CPU: Intel i7-4771 Haswell
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116941)

and

motherboard: ASUS Z87-PRO (V EDITION)
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132046)

(unless someone points out any problems or has a better suggestion)

My main question is about video. The motherboard (with the CPU) has
video out. Would it be able to run well enough in 1920x1200. (No
games, just movies and some desktop effects.) How about 2560x1440?
(I'm not sure I will go there, but just in case...)

Right now I have a NVIDIA G86 [GeForce 8500 GT]. Would it run better
than the new CPU/Motherboard?

If I decide to buy some new video card, I'd like to use nouveau or
radeon (open source) drivers. Which would be a better choice these
days? (Sorry, I know this question comes up often, but things seem to
be changing very fast...)

Something like
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130932
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161442.


Or previous generation like
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127725
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161450.

Any recommendation would be greatly appreciated.

Best to all,

Luis
 
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Post subject: RE: video card advice  PostPosted: 03.03.2014, 03:19



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The integrated graphics of sandy-bridge, ivy-bridge or haswell CPUs can handle full-HD videos and desktop effects easily (even the most basic entry level CPUs); 1920*1200 -even in dual-head configuration- aren't a problem either. Light gaming is supposed to work as well.

Resolutions above that (for a single monitor) depend on the use video port, onboard HDMI or DVI ports probably don't support this (afaik Intel doesn't implement the required dual-link DVI - at least not until ivy bridge), DisplayPort sockets should support higher resolutions (2560*1600 @60 Hz). Check the specifications of your preferred mainboard for details. Both Intel and mainboard vendors tend to be intentionally vague in this regard.
 
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Post subject: RE: video card advice  PostPosted: 03.03.2014, 10:10



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Yes, from my recent reading up on hardware, I think that the Intel HD4000 IGP in Haswell processors supports dual or even triple screens at once. That Asus mobo was on my shortlist as it features DisplayPort as well as VGA, DVI and HDMI. You have to check the number of CRTC's present to drive the number of displays you want:
      Code:
$ xrandr -q --verbose | grep CRTCs

The thing that put me off was reading somewhere that current Asus mobos limit fan duty cycle to a minimum of 60% speed, so it's hard to make them slow right down. But my understanding of this is vague to say the least, and this may or not be true on Linux, as so much hardware stuff is Windoze-centric, so don't take it as gospel, but worth researching...

That CPU supports Virtualization but not overclocking IIUC.
 
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Post subject: RE: video card advice  PostPosted: 03.03.2014, 12:06



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Thanks slh and spock for the very helpful replies.

So, would the CPU/Motherboard work better than my current card (GeForce 8500 GT)?

And if decide to go with a dedicated card, nVidia or ATI?

Thanks again,

Luis
 
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