Graphics card

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Graphics card

For modern photo editing programs (PS, LR, DXO PL3, etc.), do you NEED a dedicated graphics card, or are the integrated graphics processing systems adequate for somewhat limited post-processing needs?

I downloaded photoshop for a free trial on my current machine (Dell Latitude, windows 7, i5, 16GB RAM, integrated intel graphics), and the computer came to a screeching halt.  I was shocked at how slow it was - it's always been a pretty fast machine for my basic browsing and MS office tasks.

If you were looking for a new machine, what would your minimum requirements be?

Thanks in advance for the help.

Brad

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