Is there a benefit from getting a discrete GPU for non-gaming computer

I want to ask whether there is a real benefit from a discrete GPU over integrated (intel HD graphics) other than running 3d games, I hear a lot of things such as: GPU computing, watching videos, photoshop, 3d max, etc... But I think that an integrated GPU can handle these applications equally well.

Is it true that the only real use for a discrete GPU is gaming?
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  1. Well an integrated card is fine for non-gaming works but in some apps like PhotoShop,(CS4 and CS5) it benefits from GPU acceleration so a discrete card would do better but you will be fine with an integrated card too
  2. basket687 said:
    I want to ask whether there is a real benefit from a discrete GPU over integrated (intel HD graphics) other than running 3d games, I hear a lot of things such as: GPU computing, watching videos, photoshop, 3d max, etc... But I think that an integrated GPU can handle these applications equally well.

    Is it true that the only real use for a discrete GPU is gaming?

    No.
  3. basket687 said:
    I want to ask whether there is a real benefit from a discrete GPU over integrated (intel HD graphics) other than running 3d games, I hear a lot of things such as: GPU computing, watching videos, photoshop, 3d max, etc... But I think that an integrated GPU can handle these applications equally well.

    Is it true that the only real use for a discrete GPU is gaming?


    Well you should be fine with integrated if you don't plan on gaming but if you have a spare $45 a card like the Radeon 4650 certainly wouldn't hurt and would speed some things up.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102829

    Not completely necessary but nice to have and doesn't put a huge dent the pocket.

    Good luck ;)
  4. if i am a non gamer the max card i would afford is a 5670
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