Will I be fine with no GPU or should I invest in one?

Hi guys,

I built my computer about 3-4 months ago with IB 3770k with GTX 680 thinking I'd play lots of games. I realized GPU was too powerful for me as I hardly play any games now so I sold it to a lucky buyer about 2 weeks ago.

My machine is currently using onboard GPU (Intel 4000 HD) to drive a 2560x1440 monitor. Will I still require an external GPU? I currently use my desktop to watch streamed videos like youtube or netflix and watch HD movies at 1080p.

If you guys believe I need one, I'd like to buy one that's decent enough for occasional gaming but nothing too crazy. I'd like to stay below $250 for a GPU if I have to get one. Ofcourse, lower the price the better.

Thanks for the help in advance.
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  1. dlpowered89 said:
    Hi guys,

    I built my computer about 3-4 months ago with IB 3770k with GTX 680 thinking I'd play lots of games. I realized GPU was too powerful for me as I hardly play any games now so I sold it to a lucky buyer about 2 weeks ago.

    My machine is currently using onboard GPU (Intel 4000 HD) to drive a 2560x1440 monitor. Will I still require an external GPU? I currently use my desktop to watch streamed videos like youtube or netflix and watch HD movies at 1080p.

    If you guys believe I need one, I'd like to buy one that's decent enough for occasional gaming but nothing too crazy. I'd like to stay below $250 for a GPU if I have to get one. Ofcourse, lower the price the better.

    Thanks for the help in advance.


    HD Graphics are good enough for just watching movies even on a 2560x1440 monitor.

    What games do you want to play?
  2. I have my console for role playing games so the only game(s) I'd consider playing are like BF3, MW3 (FPS in general that are hard to play with consoles)
  3. You'd need a fairly beefy GPU to play BF3 at 2560x1440. The HD4000 onboard won't really play any recent games even at lower settings. So you could stick with console for FPS, too, or you'll need to get a fairly high end GPU.
  4. What is considered high end? I was initially looking at GTX 660 Ti or 7950 before I came to realize I am being greedy again.
  5. Are you willing to play at lower resolutions? (1080p) If so you could get away with a cheaper card ($180ish)

    To actually play at 2560X1440 you really need a card like you listed right above.
  6. the gtx 660ti or 7950 would not be greedy, that would probably fit the bill pretty well
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