I would never consider a GMA or UMA video system. You will encounter folk that are trying to talk themselves into some Intel UMA/GMA but gamers, even with Intel's latest are not happy.
But if you want to try it again, go right ahead. I will not do more than this as the topic is well worn and all I can do is warn folk off when they want to play a game.
Even the entry level Nvidia 630 or such is a step up.
I read the main difference between 3rd and 2nd gens are that the gfx in the 3rd are about 40% better, but besides that, performance is about the same. Some 2nd gens can actualy OC better than 3rd gens. There's a new technology like multithread/hyperthread/something I forgot, that 3rd gens can do that 2nd can't but is only found in high-end programs/games/VSTs, and I don't need that.
All I want for now is a PC for moderate DAW use, HD video editing with no problem, play low-end games like counter strike global with no problem, super fast internet surfing and so I can actually research things cause this PC's ancient, and I'll read up on how to build a PC if needed and sell the one I get.
So, If I get a 2nd gen intel would I need to add gfx? I don't suppose you can tell me which the least expensive one I should get it? I'm hoping to get just a tower for about $400. Will a 2nd gen i3 be okay, or get an i5? How much better is a desktop 2nd gen i3 with no GPU than a laptop 3rd gen i7 with it's HD4000 gfx?
I apolagize for asking so many basic questions, my computer's bascially scrap metal.