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

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April 24, 2010 8:31:07 AM

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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April 24, 2010 9:02:35 AM

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
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April 24, 2010 9:11:34 AM

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.
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April 24, 2010 6:51:26 PM

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=N82E168...

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

Good luck ;) 
April 24, 2010 6:53:33 PM

if i am a non gamer the max card i would afford is a 5670
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