Intel HD Graphics 530 - OR - upgrade to NVIDIA

  turquoisetortoise 15:55 16 Nov 2015


I would really appreciate some advice for buying a new laptop. I think I will buy the HP ENVY - 15t Slim Quad Laptop T1P54AV_1 (click here I will go with the 12GB Memory upgrade. But I don't know if I should go with the included graphics card - Intel(R) HD Graphics 530, or upgrade and pay $150 to get a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 4GB Discrete Graphics.

I do a lot of multitasking (work and personal), including photoshop (files as large as 2GB), running 50 chrome tabs, streaming movies, MS Outlook, Word, Excel files, and adobe acrobat ALL AT THE SAME TIME. However I do not play computer games.

Can I stick with the included Intel graphics card or do I need to pay the extra $150 to upgrade to the NVIDIA GeForce in order to have a smooth experience without the laptop freezing or slowing down my work?

Here are the specs for the HP ENVY - 15t Slim Quad Laptop T1P54AV_1: • Windows 10 Home 64 • 6th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor • 12GB DDR3L System Memory (2 Dimm) • 15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView WLED-backlit Display (1366x768) • 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive

Thank you ahead of time for your advice!!!

  chub_tor 11:32 17 Nov 2015

If you don't play games then you don't need the NVidia 950

  [email protected] 09:23 19 Nov 2015

I'd recommend the use of SSD in spite of HDD (in case it's not included) and the RAM should be 16 GB in spite of 12 GB. The graphics card isn't really a concern in your case but always good to have a great one.

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