I currently have a Core i5-2500k processor and a Gigabyte Z68x-UD3H-B3 motherboard. I've been using the integrated Intel graphics, but was thinking that getting a separate graphics card would provide some increased performance. I don't do much gaming, but do use my computer for writing software. The most intensive graphics software I run on a regular basis is a Linux virtual machine through VMWare Player.
I just bought a HIS Radeon HD 6450, but after installing it and running the Windows Experience Index, my graphics score dropped from a 6.4 to a 4.2. However, Tom's Hardware ranks this card a few levels above the i5's graphics in their current hierarchy chart.
Did I just waste my money, or will I see benefits from this discrete graphic card?