To answer your original question, from the following Intel spec-sheet, the X-99 chipset is for the high-end and enthusiast segment of Intel's clientele. Translation; gamers, video processing, etc. In other words, people who are always going to want a discrete GPU.....so, no; the X-99 does not have built-in graphics (and the Asus X 99 II-A board doesn't contain an integrated graphics chip).
In other words, without a graphics card installed, I don't think it will be usable, until you can obtain your GTX1070.
I could of course, be wrong. I frequently am....and this is not really my sphere of expertise.
Drillingmachine will probably have a better answer for you than mine..! And because enthusiasts always want the newest and best, they tend to advise everyone else from that particular viewpoint. All I can suggest is that you get as many different pieces of advice as you can.....and then, you've got to make your own mind up as to the course of action you wish to pursue.
I run Photoshop CS2 on a 12yr-old Compaq desktop, from an MSI MS-7093 mobo, with a dual-core Athlon64 X2, 3 GB of RAM, and ATI Radeon integrated graphics.....and it works fine for me. But that's because my OS only uses around 250 MB of RAM in total..!
What Mike_Walsh was trying to explain is there are two types of GPUs (Graphic Processing Unit), integrated which is a IC chip on the motherboard, and the dedicated GPUs which are installed in a PCI-E slot. There are still a lot of computers being sold that use integrated graphics and have a appropriate PCI-E as well so a dedicated GPU can be used. This would work well for you intentions, to add the GPU later.
Thanks for that, dc3! I've been around the block for enough years that I know about all this stuff in principle....but I'm not always that good at explaining myself! Discrete GPUs have never held the slightest interest for me; got no use for them.
I have friends who are dedicated gamers. They're very good friends.....but to a man, they are absolutely single-minded in their pursuit of the newest, best, most expensive, most powerful hardware they can possibly get their hands on; and their 'advice' tends to reflect that. The only snag is, it's not always the best or most relevant advice for everyone.....
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 21 November 2016 - 12:58 PM.
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