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I don't game, so do I need a dedicated gpu in my notebook?

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July 8, 2012 4:40:06 PM

I need to buy a new laptop. I want a laptop for general purpose. I don't want to play games on it.
I want to surf the web, watch movies, and normal day to day stuff. I want the keyboard so I'm suggesting
a laptop not a tablet.

Is there any reason to buy a notebook with dedicated graphics? I think the new Ivy chips can do
everything I need without extra cost of gpu. There seem to be plenty good notebooks out there.

Please make any comments to things I may be overlooking.

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July 8, 2012 5:34:04 PM

Nope. Dedicated graphics are not needed if you are not gaming, running external monitors, etc. Pretty much all decent integrated graphics today will stream video without too much of a problem.

The new ivy bridge processors have improved graphic abilities too -- so they are better than the integrated graphics of a couple years ago.
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July 8, 2012 5:50:52 PM

Agreed. Also, if I do run an external monitor I'm sure the Ivy can handle it.

Just looking to seeing if I'm missing anything in my thought.
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July 9, 2012 10:41:20 AM

If my intel 945 GM POS integrated graphics chip can seemlessly run a 1080P 42" TV for non-gaming use, then an Ivy chip will be more than capable. :) 
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July 19, 2012 1:50:16 PM

Best answer selected by Envy14tpe.
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