I am putting together a machine for personal use, which is based on a pre-built machine I got a good deal on. Unfortunately the deal only included the built-in HD graphics which is bit light for my taste, so I am looking to change that.
The current spec's of the machine are:
RAM: 20 GB
Storage: 180 GB Intel 520 SSD + 3 TB HDD
Graphics: Intel HD
My main reason for adding some discrete graphics is some light and occasional gaming, but I do not play the latest and greatest games. Most of the time is used with browsing, programming and a little photo editing.
For more specific requirements I have, in order of importance:
- Low noise. It does not have to be silent, but low enough noise level not to stand out.
- Brand. A proven brand (ASUS, Sapphire, etc) and there will be no OC of the system or graphics card.
- Size. It can be full length and dual-slot if needed.
- Price. Price is not the deal breaker, but I don't want to pay for the latest and greatest.
Let me know what your experiences and recommendations are.