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Old 08-31-2008, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best onboard graphics option for an Intel mobo?

Hey guys, howz everyone doin?

i am looking for a cheap intel motherboard around the $80 mark to couple with my C2D E8400. Since I wont be adding a videocard anytime soon, I am thinking of getting a mobo with onboard video for now which offers me the option to add one later on.


I will raise my budget to not more than $100 if there arent many options under $80.
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I ended up getting one by XFX like this after my higher end $230 MB died for the second time as a hold over, and to use in my second system when I upgrade, and I'm still using it with no trouble. The on board video is actually not too bad and can play some mild games, but uses some of the ram for the video as does all on board video. it also works well for a media center with the HDMI output built in, and it actually works pretty well with the HDMI for on board graphics. (had to try it out, but not what I use it for) this is the same setup as my XFX board (but holds more ram)but by ASUS. XFX bios really sucks and ASUS has a much better Bios setup. Not the most expandable MB but pretty good for a basic system.
Newegg.com - ASUS P5N-EM HDMI LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 7100/nForce 630i HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

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I ended up getting one by XFX like this after my higher end $230 MB died for the second time as a hold over, and to use in my second system when I upgrade, and I'm still using it with no trouble. The on board video is actually not too bad and can play some mild games, but uses some of the ram for the video as does all on board video. it also works well for a media center with the HDMI output built in, and it actually works pretty well with the HDMI for on board graphics. (had to try it out, but not what I use it for) this is the same setup as my XFX board (but holds more ram)but by ASUS. XFX bios really sucks and ASUS has a much better Bios setup. Not the most expandable MB but pretty good for a basic system.
Newegg.com - ASUS P5N-EM HDMI LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 7100/nForce 630i HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

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what do you think of intel gma 3100?
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couldn't say, Have not dealt with that one. Someone else will probably chime in on the intel chipset.

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gma 3100 isn't awful but it's still the worst of the current gen integrated solutions right now. The ATI HD3200 is by far the best one in terms of performance and can even be overclocked pretty high. Once OC'd properly it performs similar to a 8500GT if I'm not mistaken. Vernong was using one for a while and it was great for an integrated set up and not expensive.
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^^ The HD 3200 is only available on AMD motherboards.

In my opinion the best option would be getting a p43 motherboard and adding a HD 3450 graphics card. They will cost $120 before mir's but will give you the best system in the long run.

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Currently the best Intel IGP is the G45 board's with their GMA x4500 HD, and they still can't touch the HD 3200 however, if you want, buy one of those, or go with Puddle's suggestion and get a cheap decent GPU with a good board

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^^ The HD 3200 is only available on AMD motherboards.
Whoops, didn't see that he was looking for Intel. Shiver me timbers!
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What do you guys think of the following:

G43 chipset (4500 not the 4500 HD)

Gigabyte GA-EG43M-S2H for $105.00
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EG43M-S2H LGA 775 Intel G43 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L for $60.00
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

MSI G33M-FI LGA for $85.00
Newegg.com - MSI G33M-FI LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

GIGABYTE GA-G33M-S2L for $95.00
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Well don't expect to game on any of those.. (well not new games anyways..)
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