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I2500k integrated graphics vs discrete card

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 21, 2011 2:07:46 AM

It's finally getting time to build my new system and I'm waffling on even getting a discrete card.

I do not game, zip, zilch, nada ! The most taxing video streaming would be Youtube/ Vimeo 1080p or my own home videos.

80% of my computer use is just editing still photos in PS.

I'm thinking I'd rather spend the extra $$ to get 16GB of RAM, vs 8 GB and a very low end card like a 5450 or 5670 max.
a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2011 2:13:58 AM

A hd5670 or hd6670 would be a good choice. The IGP in the 2500k would be better than a hd5450 I think.
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July 21, 2011 2:42:47 AM

photoshop cs5 supports hardware acceleratin through nvidia cards. i dont think even a 5450 is better than the integraded graphics, at least not enough to justify having one. for photo editing the extra ram is more benefit, at least for real high res shots. Maybe just spend the extra cash on a nice mouse or something.