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Integrated video graphics?

by chachimcgee / April 2, 2006 2:41 PM PDT

I was looking for a computer that can play call of duty and games like that, so do I need to buy a graphics card or stay with intergrated, because i have a tight budget.

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DO NOT get integrated.....
by prodesma / April 2, 2006 3:17 PM PDT

Just because u have a tight budget doesn't mean u want to restrict yourself forever, right? U can get a pretty cheap card and always upgrade later...

If u get integrated u r stuck. Plus, usually come with lower performance (read "value") systems... So u prolly can buy components separately and get more for the same amount of money.

U might wanna check the Dell outlet for a good puter bargain. They sell some pretty nice configurations, especially if u are willing to wait until what u want is listed and don't buy the first thing u see.

Another thing integrated means... Like an HP Pavillion for example... The power supply unit cannot handle a lot of upgrades (usually rate about 220W). You'd need a 350W or better down the road if u do major upgrades, then maybe better case fans for cooling. And expansion bays are usually more limited, so maybe only space for 2 internal hard drives total.

Good luck, cheers.

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Intergrated or graphic card
by islandporgy / April 4, 2006 4:20 AM PDT

I you get a computer with integrated video, make sure it has an slot for PCI Video or AGP Video that you can upgrade later on. My first computer was a HP itegrated video with and AGP Slot, which I upgraded later on to a Video Card.
Good Luck
Wendell H

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Video card choice...
by CodeNameG / April 4, 2006 5:14 AM PDT

Try getting a NVIDIA 6600 or a ATI RADEON 9800. Both cards are pretty cheap. They only cost a little over a hundred dollars:)

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A cheap graphics card...
by nathanpsz2 / April 4, 2006 11:39 AM PDT

...will totally blow away integrated graphics.

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