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Non-Gamer question about UMA card

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December 28, 2011 1:20:47 AM

I have a question about an integrated graphics card on a laptop that I am looking at buying. First let me say that I am not a gamer. I don't play any games on my PC. With that in mind, will it make that much of a difference that this computer has an UMA chip instead of a graphics card? I'd mostly be using it to surf the web and stream videos(Netflix,HBOGo, youtube).

The laptop I am looking at is an Asus:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23...


December 29, 2011 1:58:38 AM

It has a 2nd generation Intel i5-2430M processor. From what I've read the integrated graphics card for this processor is an Intel HD graphics 3000. As I said in my original post, I am not looking to use this as a gaming computer. What I'd like to know is if the graphics card is good enough for web browsing and streaming video. For under $500 this really looks like a solid buy, but I'd like to find out more about the integrated graphics before purchasing.
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December 29, 2011 2:02:30 AM

This will do fine for the web and HD videos. The HD 3000 can do everything a non gamer needs in everyday tasks.
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