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I'm going to purchase Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E7500 (3M Cache, 2.93 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) and for motherboard my local vendor suggesting me to purchase Intel DG41RQ MB motherboard and he is also saying if i'm purchasing Intel CPU then purchasing Intel's Own motherboard with intel chipset will give best performance. Is it true?

To get good inbuilt graphic I'm thinking to purchase nvidia chipset based motherboard of any other company like Asus, Gigabyte, MSi etc. is it ok?

Although i never play games on my PC but thinking Inbuilt Nvidia graphics will be better for running Photoshop and watching HD or Full HD movies then Intel's inbuilt graphics.

or it's ok to purchase Intel DG41RQ MB motherborad as suggested by local vendor. Intel's inbuilt graphics would be enough for Photoshop and Watching movies.

If you know any other good motherboard for Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor E7500 (3M Cache, 2.93 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) then tell.

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+1 really curious! –  dag729 May 12 '10 at 17:41
    
Why do you want to purchase a Core 2 series processor when it has been superseded by the Core ix series ? –  Sathya May 12 '10 at 18:29
    
@Sathya - because of my budget. CPU , Motherboard and DDR3 RAM everything is costlier for Core i3 combination compare to C2D. price difference is above 5000 INR (approx $100). –  metal gear solid May 12 '10 at 18:32
    
I'd recommend you post your detailed requirements over at a dedicated Indian hardware forum, such as chip.in/forums/viewforum.php?f=5 –  Sathya May 12 '10 at 18:40

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I would not recommend that purchase for a few reasons. To answer your original question: "Is it enough for photoshop and HD movies ?" It's a no for photoshop, and a maybe for HD video. The intergrated video on the board shares memory with the cpu giving a performance hit. Performance is the factor your looking for and that also depends greatly on the HD file or media your using - if your trying to watch the latest and greatest blu-ray rip, your probably not going be able to watch that, not without an upgrade for your video card; however if your just watching something that was encoded in say divx or xvid you should have no issues. With the nvidia board you are more likely to be able to play HD video again depending on the encoding and size of the file. What I recommend to you instead is to buy the cheaper board, go to www.newegg.com (if your in the US), and buy a cheap PCI-E video card in the range of 30-50 USD. This will almost insure that you can play back your videos.

For photoshop the minium requirements are 1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with qualified hardware-accelerated OpenGL graphics card, 16-bit color, and 256MB of VRAM. The key item is hardware acceleration your not going to get that on the built in chip, is the sole reason why it won't work or work very poorly on an integrated graphical system. For the nvidia board its a toss up but your mileage may vary on how much performance your going to get without a physical card in the pci-e slot.

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then which motherboard i should purchase intel chipset based or any other chipset (nvidia, via, SIS etc) . if i purchase external graphic card , some months later. –  metal gear solid May 12 '10 at 18:23
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Photoshop does not make extensive use of the GPU. It's primarily used for display operations and zooming, but not for very many manipulations. Adobe TechNote 404898 details exactly what PhotoShop CS4 and CS5 can use a GPU for. The G41 chipset on the MB linked to can also do video decoding for VC1 and AVC, so there's no problem there either. –  afrazier May 12 '10 at 19:07
    
That being said, then you could potentially get away with the onboard video - I'm not a photoshop user so I just went with what they had as the min specs for the software. –  Scott May 14 '10 at 21:30

he is also saying if i'm purchasing Intel CPU then purchasing Intel's Own motherboard with intel chipset will give best performance. Is it true?

No, that's not quite true. Often, third party motherboards come with superior components ( better caps, for instance) more feature packed BIOS and Overclocking headroom and facility.

To get good inbuilt graphic I'm thinking to purchase nvidia chipset based motherboard of any other company like Asus, Gigabyte, MSi etc. is it ok?

You can't get a mix of nVidia chipset based motherboard for most newer Intel processors due to an ongoing litigation.

Although i never play games on my PC but thinking Inbuilt Nvidia graphics will be better for running Photoshop and watching HD or Full HD movies then Intel's inbuilt graphics.

Some of Intel's GMA series, for instance the one present in the chipset of the motherboard you've chosen, cannot provide full hardware acceleration for video.


The dealer's probably trying to push off some of his old stocks.

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@Sathya - +1 thanks for good reply. will you suggest any good mother for my choosen cpu from any other vendor other than Intel DG41RQ MB. or Intel DG41RQ MB is ok to purchase. and If intel inbuilt graphics cannot provide full hardware acceleration for video then is there any other vendor's motherboard can provide in same price of Intel DG41RQ MB? –  metal gear solid May 12 '10 at 18:44
    
@Metal Given your low budget I'd recommend you to purchase an AMD based system. I'm not fully equipped to answer that sort of a question, and I believe the question will be closed on Super User as Too Localized. As I mentioned under the question comment - you're better off asking the question in a dedicated forum ( such as the one I linked to ) –  Sathya May 12 '10 at 18:50
    
@Sathya - ok then i will ask question like this on other local forums. AMD is good solution but the problem is it's not availalbe in my area. and after investing a lot of time to research about motherboard i'm thinking to purchase same motherboard suggested by local vendor Intel DG41RQ MB. becuase i think for intel cpu there is no other better motherboard than this in same price. –  metal gear solid May 12 '10 at 18:52
    
Intel has traditionally had excellent build quality on its motherboards. Not a lot of options but they've been extremely stable IME. It's been a few years since I've needed to worry about it so I'm not positive that's still the case. –  afrazier May 12 '10 at 19:01
    
@Sathya - Intel GMA Series has "Video processing hardware and software delivers enhanced high-definition video playback, sharper images with advanced de-interlacing, and ProcAmp color controls." as mentioned on this page intel.com/products/desktop/chipsets/G41/G41-overview.htm –  metal gear solid May 12 '10 at 19:04

Not true in my opinion. Some enthusiast-motherboards (keywords: dynamic overclocking, OC Genie) come with integrated automatic overclocking, which means they'll get some extra juice (< 5%) out of your components. The specs on the intel board you mentioned do not advertise an automatic overclocking feature.

Apart from that I don't think Photoshop or even Movies will benefit much from a built-in GPU of any kind.

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