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Do I need a graphics card upgrade?


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#1 noxzhu

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 04:58 PM

I started playing a game recently called Vindictus; however, it's quite demanding in terms of specs and my frames per second is terrible even on low settings!

I did a little poking around in regards to my system's hardware to little avail. However, it is my suspicion that my graphics card isn't the best, and this may be the cause. I'm not quite sure though, so I thought I'd ask for others' opinions.

This is the information I found in dxdiag.exe:

System Tab:
Operating System: Windows Vista ™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
System Model: U80A
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T6500 @ 2.10GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.1GHz
Memory: 4060MB RAM
Page File: 2090MB Used, 6204MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 10

Display Tab:
Device
Name: Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip Type: Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
DAC Type: Internal
Approx. Total Memory: 1759 MB
Current Display Mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
Drivers
Main Driver: igdumd64.dll,igd10umd64.dll
Version: 7.15.0010.1666 (English)
Date: 2/25/2009 8:46:39 PM
WHQL Logo'd: n/a
DDI Version: 10
DirectX Features
DirectDraw Acceleration: Enabled
Direct3D Acceleration: Enabled
AGP Texture Acceleration: Enabled
Notes
No problems found.

If you do recommend upgrading the graphics card (or perhaps other parts of the computer), where would I find a compatible piece of hardware? And how would I go about replacing my own computer's parts?

Thanks ahead of time!

Edit: Oh, and I'd appreciate if you gave recommendations for both low budget (under $100?) and over.

Edit: Found some other system information, in case you need it.
Windows Vista™ Premium
Service Pack 1

Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Model: ASUS Notebook U80V, U80A Series
Rating: Windows Experience Index: Unrated
System type: 64-bit Operating System

I'm a bit impatient, but if anyone is going too much trouble to answer this question, just a simple answer to whether or not my own graphics card is "bad" or not (perhaps compare it to another piece of software or game that you are familiar with) and what would be a nice graphics card as a replacement.

Edited by noxzhu, 19 August 2010 - 12:47 AM.


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#2 noxzhu

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:37 PM

Is there a limit on the number of edits? Because the button disappeared for my topic.
In any case, I want to add this:
My laptop with the back cover off: http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/3921/20100820157.jpg
The part I took off: http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/4764/20100820159.jpg
The slot it was plugged in to: http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/1685/20100820158.jpg

A rough size for the little box containing the part I took off (which may or may not be the GPU) is 4.5 by 2.5 inches.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:56 PM

I've also replied in your other topic which really duplicates this one.

You've removed the hard drive from your system. The graphics is integrated Intel GMA4500, which is modest performance and intended for business/home applications with some multimedia/video. There's no way to upgrade this.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 01:02 AM

Thanks for the reply, and it's unfortunate I can't upgrade it :thumbsup:.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 02:37 AM

It's rare for a laptop/notebook style computer to be made with an upgradeable graphics card.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:33 AM

Thanks for the reply, and it's unfortunate I can't upgrade it :thumbsup:.


It's a laptop, without any slots for expansion. You didn't expect to be able to upgrade it at the time of purchase did you?

At most, with a laptop you can add more RAM, get a faster CPU or better hard drive. That's it. Nothing else can be improved.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:55 AM

I don't think it's unreasonable for a non-technical person to be unclear about what parts would be upgradeable in a laptop. Despite a higher proportion of people now using laptops for some gaming, "upgrade the video card" is still standard advice seen for dealing with inadequate gaming performance, and could lead someone to assume it should be possible.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 09:42 AM

Well, if you pick up a graphics card and see how large it is, you can probably look at a laptop and guess that it's not going to fit. :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 06:32 PM

If you pick up a laptop graphics card and see how small it is, you could probably look at a laptop and guess you should be able to replace it with a faster one. :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 08:33 AM

Not really, because there is no standard connector for a mobile graphics card and most are built-in to the motherboard.




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