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I need help with integrated graphics

I am looking to buy a laptop for school in the upcoming semester and I had a question about integrated graphics. I would like to use this laptop for schooling and also to play Sims. I am looking into the Toshiba Satellite S50-ABT3N22 Laptop and I was wondering if I needed to add on the 2GB DDR3 NVIDIA ® GeForce® GT 740M with Optimus™ Technology or not. I feel there really isn't a need for this graphics card, but I just wanted to get a clear answer. Any answers help. Thanks in advance!
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    If all you play is sims then there's no need for the 740m just be sure to get the i5-4200U AT LEAST and not the i3
  2. emdea22 said:
    If all you play is sims then there's no need for the 740m just be sure to get the i5-4200U AT LEAST and not the i3


    Okay. I figured at least the i5-4200U because I know the i3 is not very good. And another quick question. Should I go with 8gb of RAM, 6gb, or 4?
  3. What exactly are going to be doing on the laptop? 4gb is enough for games and general browsing if you have a dedicated gpu. Since you're using integrated graphics i'd suggest 6gb, but if you plan on doing some rendering or compiling then maybe 8gb is not a bad choice.
  4. emdea22 said:
    What exactly are going to be doing on the laptop? 4gb is enough for games and general browsing if you have a dedicated gpu. Since you're using integrated graphics i'd suggest 6gb, but if you plan on doing some rendering or compiling then maybe 8gb is not a bad choice.


    I plan to use this as a college laptop and then Sims and Netflix in my free time. No rendering or compiling or anything like that.
  5. I don't really know the definition of college laptop but if by that you mean document writing, photo viewing, skype, movies etc then get the 6gb version.
  6. emdea22 said:
    I don't really know the definition of college laptop but if by that you mean document writing, photo viewing, skype, movies etc then get the 6gb version.


    Okay. Thank you very much for the help. Sure made this decision easier!
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