Integrated or card? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-25-2005, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 326
Send a message via AIM to dipique
Default Integrated or card?

I'm upgrading from my P3 to a P4. I already have the processor and the RAM, and I just ordered the mobo, a MSI Intel VIA P4M800 PM8M-V, which has integrated Realtek ALC655 sound and integrated S3 Graphics UniChrome 2D/3D video. From my P3, I have a sound card (came with my Dell when I bought it 5 or 6 years ago, and it was low end then) and an nVidia MX4000 PCI 64mb video card.

The question is, which of the cards, if any, should I keep in favor of the integrated video and sound? (Same question with integrated LAN vs my card, I guess.) Thanks,

Dan
__________________

dipique is offline  
Old 10-25-2005, 09:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
Nitestick's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: смерти для спаме
Posts: 8,473
Default

i think you should use a video card and a sound card rather than the integrated hardware because integrated supposedly drains resources. LAN should be alright
__________________

Nitestick is offline  
Old 10-25-2005, 10:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,946
Send a message via AIM to Static_11 Send a message via Yahoo to Static_11
Default

Alot of people are happy with there integrated sound.. i know i am, but alot of hardcore gamers buy them for even better performance. As for a video card, if you have the money and your going to be gaming alot, get a 7800GT. But if your on a budget get a 6600GT or a 6800GT. Both are great budget cards and if you get the 6600GT and overclock it.. its possible to get 6800GT performance.. i think? anyway.. the 6600GT runs at about 150 dollars and im not sure about the 6800.
Static_11 is offline  
Old 10-25-2005, 11:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,453
Send a message via AIM to FghtinIrshNvrDi Send a message via Yahoo to FghtinIrshNvrDi
Default

Integrated sound is just fine for me, but yeah, video is almost an essential upgrade unless you'll be doing no more than internet browsing and word processing.

Ryan
__________________

<b>I'm an unhyphenated American.</b>
System Specs:
Intel Q6600 @ 3200 1.4v
Abit IP35 Pro "The Snake"
2x2gb A-Data @ 800
Diamond HD 3870 512mb


Great FORD TRUCK resource: http://www.fordtruckfanatics.com
FghtinIrshNvrDi is offline  
Old 10-25-2005, 06:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 326
Send a message via AIM to dipique
Default

Alright, thanks y'all.

Dan
dipique is offline  
Old 10-26-2005, 10:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
Do work.
 
molsen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 1,177
Send a message via AIM to molsen
Default

depening on how anal you are about how your sound/music sounds, I would go with an external sound card (USB or Firewire). With the the card physically out of the case, the signal-to-noise ratio will be alot better do to the lack of electrical interference of all the other goodies inside.

Sound Blaster Extigy is really amazing, especially if you need lots of connectivity options (5.1, optical, RCAs, multiple lines, MIDI)
__________________
http://mattjolsen.tumblr.com
flickr

Intel E8400 @ 3.78ghz
8gb (4x2gb) G.SKILL DDR2 1600 @ 420mhz, 5-5-5-12
ASrock P43Twins1600 (hates RAM dividers)
WD Caviar 500gb + 250gb hdd, 32mb cache
eVGA 7900gs @ 585/1700mhz
OCZ GameXStream 600w PSU
Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
Cooler Master Centurion 5 case
molsen is offline  
Old 10-26-2005, 10:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,946
Send a message via AIM to Static_11 Send a message via Yahoo to Static_11
Default

honestly, the only reason i think sound cards are used is for recording
Static_11 is offline  
Old 10-26-2005, 11:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
Do work.
 
molsen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 1,177
Send a message via AIM to molsen
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by Static_11
honestly, the only reason i think sound cards are used is for recording
yea, pretty much...and audiophile nuts
__________________
http://mattjolsen.tumblr.com
flickr

Intel E8400 @ 3.78ghz
8gb (4x2gb) G.SKILL DDR2 1600 @ 420mhz, 5-5-5-12
ASrock P43Twins1600 (hates RAM dividers)
WD Caviar 500gb + 250gb hdd, 32mb cache
eVGA 7900gs @ 585/1700mhz
OCZ GameXStream 600w PSU
Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
Cooler Master Centurion 5 case
molsen is offline  
Old 10-26-2005, 11:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,946
Send a message via AIM to Static_11 Send a message via Yahoo to Static_11
Default

yup...lol, sry i would have typed more but im at school and not supposed to be on and the teacher walked by so i freaked
Static_11 is offline  
Old 10-26-2005, 03:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 8,013
Send a message via AIM to DJ-CHRIS
Default

Soundcards are used for anyone who doesnt want piss poor sound quality and people that do not like the peformance drain on intergrated soundquality.
__________________

DJ-CHRIS is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:55 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.