I plan on building a computer with Intel Xeon E3 1231v3 which has no GPU:
Processor Graphics: None
on a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H motherboard which has an onboard integrated graphics processor:
Integrated Graphics Processor:
- 1 x D-Sub port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200@60Hz
- 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200@60Hz
- 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@24Hz or 2560×1600@60Hz
- Support for up to 3 displays at the same time
- Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
I have asked another question and know that even if the CPU has no GPU, I can still get video as long as the motherboard has onboard graphics. However, when I went to buy the parts at a computer center yesterday, the technician said motherboards nowadays use CPU's GPU to display, including this Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H motherboard (which he meant this board has no real onboard graphics).
So for Xeon E3 1231v3 + Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H to display, do I need a video card or not?
(I don't really care about the graphics quality. I use the computer mostly to write programs, web browsing, and Photoshop, and seldom play games or watch videos.)