I recently re-built my HTPC from a C2D E6420 and an EVGA GT430 1GB video card to an i5-3550 and Z77X-UD3H motherboard and the same GT430 1GB. The fan on the GT430 died and was replaced by EVGA's warranty. A couple months later the replacement video card's fan died again and was replaced by EVGA again. And yet a couple months later the fan died again! (My system runs really cool at an average of 35* C)
So replacement #3 was coming up. Fearing EVGA would just send another GT430 replacement card, I ended up swapping CPU's to an i5-3570K for the better HD4000 graphics, hoping I could get away from a discrete video card.
I just got my EVGA replacement today and they sent me a GT440 1GB video card instead.
So I'm wondering, should I only run the i5-3570K? Or can I run the GT440 together with the i5-3570K? Is the GT440 better than the HD4000 graphics? If so how do I make the 2 "video" cards work together? Do I hook up the HDMI cable to the GT440 or to the motherboard if running these together?
I'm running my HTPC to a Samsung PN60D800 60" plasma HDTV via HDMI. I don't play games, but do watch Blu-Rays, DVDs, recorded TV, transcoding/streaming video to other PCs , ripping Blu-rays/DVDs.