New-but-basic Windows 8 Desktop PC - what would be a good boost in graphics performance?
Posted on 2015-02-17
My work Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC is fairly basic. It isn't the most powerful but I have plans to use it for years. I am wondering if I can get a noticable boost in graphics performance with a graphics card.
I do NO gaming.
I use Office programs, occasionally program in Access or MySQL, do research online a lot, stream videos, and a couple times a year edit movie clips with Movie Maker. Not the most sophisticated graphics!
Here's the thing: I built my PC with some new stuff: motherboard, CPU, RAM. I brought two SATA3 HDDs with me, as well as my wireless keyboard, mouse & 23" HD monitor. I also installed an older PCIe 2.0 graphics card with 1 GB DDR2 RAM.
I looked at benchmarks for graphics at passmark.com and the integrated Intel HD 4400 was rated higher than the GeForce GT 220 card.
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
Intel Core i3-4150 CPU
Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H motherboard
(2) WD SATA3 HDDs, 1 TB each
Crucial Ballistix 2x4 GB PC3-10700 DDR3 RAM
Samsung Syncmaster 2233 1920x1080 monitor
Antec Earthwatts 500W PSU
Is there a decent graphics card for less than $100 to boost my performance? Or would I be better off using the integrated graphics - and perhaps using less energy?
Note - at some point, I plan on installing an SSD at least big enough for Win8/10. This has been a budget build, converting from a previous PC; not going to break the bank on any components.