Do I need a GPU on my new laptop?
by nld103 - 1/17/13 9:18 AM
My laptop died so it's time to replace. I've customised one from pcspecialist.co.uk, but I'm not sure whether it's worth paying an extra £85 for a GPU given that I won't be using it for gaming (or at least, not much). Spec is:
15.6" matte Full HD screen (1920x1080)
Intel core i5-3210M (2.50GHz)
8Gb RAM (2x4Gb)
120Gb Kingston V300 SSD
500Gb SATA (for storage)
8x DVD re-writer
At the moment it comes to a shade under £600, which is my limit really, so if I do go for a GPU (probably GeForce 635M with 1Gb DDR RAM) then I'd drop the SSD drive.
I'll use it mostly for office type stuff, but also photo editing (photoshop and lightroom), watching movies, possibly a bit of video editing (but not much). Will the Intel HD 4000 be able to cope with Full HD in these circumstances?
Oh, and they offer a AUO Matte 95% Gamut LED Widescreen for an extra £40. The screen quality is quite important to me - is that going to be worth it? Can't find any details about the normal Full HD screen they provide.