Just got an atom d2500 board for $15.
Normally I wouldn't consider it because it's an older dual core atom, but it has a pcie x16 slot, so I was thinking.
How functional of a pc would it be with a gpu? Something older but decent, like a hd 5770 or a gts 250.
Also going to use a velociraptor, until I get an ssd for it.
I already have a decent computer, I just wanted something cheap and shitty to study on that would be smooth enough for web browsing and studying, but too shitty for anything more intensive.
$15 dude, don't tell me that was a bad deal. It can fit a pcie 2.0 x16 graphics card.
Get something like a hd 3650
It works well on my desktop (Dell XPS 420)
But it is too crap for any gaming, I can only play games like Just Cause 2 and Halo 2 at the absolute lowest settings, which then looks like shit
Planning to upgrade to 750ti
If its running clover trail or lower, fuck it. Won't run shit acceptably. Have a dual core clover trail tablet w/ hyper threading. Even a single core amd athlon in laptop is faster.
But only for games, youtube wont get much benifit, neither will power point or whatever the hell you do besides games. And you cant seriously expect to play games on this, so you might as well spend the money on 8gb of ram and an ssd.
I got the first generation 330 Dual Core Atom with Nvidia ION and it plays 1080P videos just fine with CUDA acceleration.
It's amazing how much things get offloaded onto the GPU these days, youtube, flash, and even webpage rendering gets offloaded onto the GPU with browsers like IE.
Desktop Windows Manager (DWM) is also offloaded onto the GPU which means your desktop is rendered by the GPU when supported.
>Desktop Windows Manager (DWM) is also offloaded onto the GPU which means your desktop is rendered by the GPU when supported.
Protip: It's been that way since the early '90s.
Before DWM and Vista, GDI was hardware accelerated by most video cards - as of Vista GDI is no longer hardware accelerated at all (gdi windows transposed into dwm are accelerated by DWM after being drawn, but the GDI calls are no longer handled by the GPU)
This interesting set of affairs makes me lol at idiots who insist on using the 'classic' theme post-vista - the entire desktop will actually become slower and more CPU bound, since everything will be plain GDI+ calls but they can't be accelerated any more.
You need WDDM 1.1+ drivers for acceleration on modern windows though, older GPUs run on WDDM 1.0 or don't support WDDM at all.
WDDM 1.1 has DXGI which will GPU accelerate Direct2D/DirectWrite and GDI but not GDI+
I upgraded from to haswell from a Q9300 last year.
7 yrs on a Core 2 Quad was a good run, and it lives on as a friend's first computer. 24 yrs old and he finally has his first computer, can you believe that? His underaged sister has a computer for League of Legends but not him.
I'd probably not bother with that shit at all for desktop use, honestly. A fucking raspberry pi 2 will be more usable, and it's $35. You'd need a GPU and other supporting hardware to even get that thing going.
If you can get it powered and working it may do alright as a server for shit like bittorrent, subsonic, etc, but for anything else man it's just not going to be worth it.
Which sucks, because it's such a waste.
The original gpu will be the integrated one on the atom.
I'm sure it's pretty shit since its running laptop ram.
I have a 380 earthwatts psu, a 150GB velociraptor, 2x 2gb ddr3 1333mhz laptop ram, and a spare 900p display.
As well as a few older GPUs. I've decided to pair it with a hd 6570 and run Linux. Fedora Linux with xfce or enlightenment and use it for uni. The point is it's so shit it won't let me get distracted with games and shit.
Only thing costing me is the mobo and possibly the k/m.