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i5 2500 (no k) do I need a Graphics Card?
01/29/14 10:08 AM

I tried searching but couldn't find a confident answer. I was able to pick up a used pc for a good price for my mame cab. Specs bellow.

i5 2500
3.3 Ghz
Windows 7 Pro
Windows 7 pro 64bit

But the graphics card is onboard. I know the graphics card doesn't play much of a role but if I wanted to dable into 3D games like blitz. Will I be fine with my current set up or will I need a graphics card to achieve a noticeable increase in performance? Also, what about Hyperspin and no Graphics card?

I'm mostly looking to play 2d games but I want to be able to play 3D games if possible.

And as far as overclocking I know you don't have the flexibility without the k chip but I guess you can turbo boost it to 3.9 for 1 core and it degrades .1 for every core. Will I need to do this for 3d games? Seems like people don't need to overclock the i5's in the 3.3 Ghz league.

If a graphics card is a must then I really don't want to drop to much cash on one. Maybe $100-150 at most.

Thanks in advance.

Edited by irthwirm (01/29/14 10:12 AM)

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* i5 2500 (no k) do I need a Graphics Card? irthwirm 01/29/14 10:08 AM
. * Re: i5 2500 (no k) do I need a Graphics Card? lamprey  02/04/14 12:04 AM
. * Re: i5 2500 (no k) do I need a Graphics Card? RetroRepair  01/29/14 11:41 AM

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