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graphics card important ??

by 1Nana / April 10, 2007 9:40 AM PDT

may get hp6000 w/Vista. Often have several windows open + excell but no games. does graphics card matter? also, which more important; processor speed or ram? need advice please.. Thx much. wsh

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Somewhat
by jackson dougless / April 10, 2007 10:01 AM PDT

The graphics card, particularly with Vista's Aero system of largely pointless eye candy, can have a pretty significant effect on how responsive your system feels. Aero is likely to be far less demanding than your average game, but could well overwhelm some lower end integrated graphics chipsets.

As for processor speed vs RAM, it's not a one or the other, but RAM tends to have a bigger impact on performance than processor speed. A slower processor coupled with plenty of RAM will feel faster than a system with a fast processor, but very little RAM. However, there are programs that rely almost entirely on the ability of the processor to crunch numbers, so it's not always a simple one or the other scenario.

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glad i asked!
by 1Nana / April 10, 2007 10:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Somewhat

Your response re processer v/s ram is exactly what I needed to know -
Thanks. As for the graphics, could you give example of lower end?
I know zilch here. What about Intel graphics media accelerator 950 w/up to 256 mb shared - is this a cheapy? Would it pull down 1.6 ghz
with 2048mb ddr2 ram?

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Yes
by jackson dougless / April 10, 2007 12:24 PM PDT
In reply to: glad i asked!

That is considered a low end graphics chipset. Anything Intel makes would fall into that category for graphics chipsets. Any time you see words like "integrated" or "shared memory" in regards to video cards, it's going to be low end. If possible, get an actual video card, with it's own supply of dedicated RAM. Even if you have to do it after market, a fairly cheap GeForceFX 5200 card could provide quite a boost.

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thx
by 1Nana / April 11, 2007 5:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes

You've been a tremendous help -- thank you so much.

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