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Check what the system board does not do
After considerable research I decided on an Asus X79 motherboard. I needed a fast machine for video editing, but not necessarily blazing fast graphics. I naively assumed that I could just use the integrated graphics on the motherboard. Wrong! The X79 does not have integrated graphics. In retrospect, this makes sense, since the X79 is aimed at the gamer market, and no self respecting gamer would even consider using integrated graphics. Unfortunately, it's not easy to find out what a board does not do, at least not at the vendor's website., After the fact, I did a search which led me to a Tiger Direct page which specifically states that the X79 has no intetgrated graphics Live and learn. I'm now the proud ownner of a mid-level GPU..