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by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) June 18, 2010 1:05 PM PDT

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Buying a new PC, will I regret the integrated graphics card later?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 6/18/10 1:05 PM

Buying a new PC, will I regret the integrated graphics card later?

It's been a long time since I've bought a new PC and I'm ready to take the plunge for a new one. However, my concern is that the HP Windows 7 system from Costco that I have in mind has an integrated video card with 256MB shared memory, but I'm not too sure what that exactly means. Are there ones that are not integrated? It seems like 256MB size for a graphic card is pretty hefty, but will it be enough to handle some of the newer games, especially the ones that are more graphic intensive. I'm not an avid gamer, but I would like to have the option to play those games when the opportunity arises. If I find that the graphic card isn't up to snuff, can I upgrade or add more memory to the 256MB graphic card? Or would I be stuck having this system that will never play those graphic intensive games. I would go for a more expensive system, but I'm currently on a very limited budget and that HP system seems like the way to go, but I don't want to regret buying it. Please help, any advice is appreciated.

--Submitted by Jose R. of Texas

Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.

Integrated vs. dedicated. --Submitted by benrcrom
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3324303#3324303

Some basic hints for new computer buyers --Submitted by chaissos
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3324532#3324532

Maybe... Maybe not... --Submitted by Wolfie2k5
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3324536#3324536

Replacing integrated graphics --Submitted by dokcal
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3324319#3324319

You will most probably regret it later. --Submitted by darrenforster99
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7813_102-0.html?messageID=3324466#3324466

What are your plans with this PC? --Submitted by water_man3
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3324349#3324349

re: Buying a new PC, will I regret the integrated graphics --Submitted by wkw427
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7586_102-0.html?messageID=3324280#3324280

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