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Onboard Graphics?

by NveedEverywhere / April 11, 2012 11:16 AM PDT

My question is.. Would adding a decent HD graphics card be beneficial over onboard graphics? I've heard that it will free up RAM, and help the CPU perform better but idk.. i dont game alot, but i do like HD video editing. My computer is a SFF, and the best Low Profile graphics card deal i have found is a 2GB Radeon HD5450 card.

Current Specs:

Dell Optiplex 755 SFF
Stock Mobo
Intel Q6600 2.4 GHz (SLACR, G0 Stepping)
4GB DDR2 RAM (bout to upgrade to Cool
Windows 7 HP 64 Bit
1.0 TB WD Caviar Black SATA HD

I capture Halo Gameplay with a Hauppauge HD PVR Gaming Edition, and edit with Sony Vegas Pro 9.0c

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Meet the needs/specs
by Willy / April 12, 2012 12:33 AM PDT
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Provided you used the PC is question and found it lacking in video needs that choice is yours. Yes, adding a new video card will free ram back for PC system use once the on-board video is disabled. In most cases, you'll increase video capabilities beyond on-board which are basic or OEM requirements match. i do suggest you review any new video cards specs and find out if replacing the PSU for for required needs(or better) and lets not exclude cooling as well. Doing this for the new video card is best for continued use to become less problematic. The more demanding the video card the more attention to details for the best overall operation becomes a MUST. So don't discount this because it may work for some time then start to falter later.

tada -----Willy Happy

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I'm going with
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 12, 2012 12:44 AM PDT
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No about freeing up RAM. Years ago they used to do that, today it creates too many support calls so I see most machines don't release onboard video ram. Some BIOS may allow you to reduce it but the trend is away from such for a very simple reason. Folks no longer want to tweak machines (most!) So I have one more comment.

The 5450 is a good solution for those machines like you noted but the 2GB might be DDR2 RAM. If so, get the slightly faster 1GB DDR3 card.

What game did you want to try that needed that 2GB Video Card? Most of today's games are fine with 1GB. And the games that want more would run poorly on this card.
Bob

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DDR3
by NveedEverywhere / April 12, 2012 6:41 AM PDT
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The 2GB HD5450 i ordered has DDR3 Memory

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(NT) Nice choice.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 12, 2012 7:16 AM PDT
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