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#1 Lektrik

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 02:03 PM

I am trying to help my Grandma find a computer package that will suit her needs and not be too expensive. We've looked around and I wish to know your opinion on this particular package.

The computer is a Compaq Presario 1719. I am not familiar with this make and so if any of you know anything about it that would be great.

It has an AMD processor, which I also know nothing about so all information would be welcome.

Now, the computer needs to have a decent graphics card, so is the 256MB ATi X200 graphics card any good?

I'm looking for opinions about reliability, worth, and it's suitability for running broadband internet, as these are the main reasons she's getting a new computer.

I look forward to hearing anything you know about these products. I also apologise if this topic is in the wrong category as I wasn't entirely sure where to place it. If you need to know any other information about the package then I'll try and fill you in on what I remember. Thank you.
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Posted 07 March 2006 - 02:44 PM

Yes this computer is well suited for broadband internet. Actually the graphics card kind of throws me off. Thats quite a bit hefty for internet use. I would presume that you will be gaming a bit as well?

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 02:57 PM

I am with WlkingMan. It sounds like someone may be doing some gaming on grandma's computer from time to time... :thumbsup:

I think if grandma want to game every now and then down sizing to a 128mb video card, and bump up to 512 ram would make more sence. What do you think WlkingMan?
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Posted 07 March 2006 - 03:12 PM

Yes, I think grandma might want to look into that. You don't want her games to lag on her do you? 128mb Video card should be able to handle any game that she throws at it, and 512mb's of ram would be much more suitable for such.


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Posted 07 March 2006 - 03:26 PM

Lol, thanks. This package does come with a 512MB RAM so I guess I'm, I mean she's, okay with this one then.
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Posted 07 March 2006 - 03:41 PM

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 03:42 PM

Your're welcome.

And the best wishes for your.... err... her gaming and browsing experiences. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 04:34 PM

I coulnd't find any info on that graphics card.....then after about 30 minutes worth of searching I found out that it's not a graphics card. It's what they call "integrated" with up to 256 mb "SHARED MEMORY". This means that you don't actually have a graphics card, but that your computer will deal with handling the 3d rendering for games and whatnot, instead of having a seperate piece of hardware (graphics card) do it for you. Now, good news is that the onboard video is supposed to be really good (the x200 integrated graphics got good reviews, well, good as far as "integrated" goes). Bad news is that it's shared 256mb, meaning that you've only got 512 mb ram for everything....so when half of that goes to your integrated graphics, then that only leaves 256 mb ram for the system and other programs.

Now, for internet (broadband, dial up, or whatever), this computer will do the trick. Should grandma decide to purchase Battlefield 2 in hopes of hopping online and killng some peeps with her tricked out AK-47.....I'd be a little bit hesitant to let onboard graphics run that game. However, the shared graphics would whip up on any solitare game or knitting website :thumbsup:

If you'd like some advice on what kind of graphics card to get for this machine, could you please post a link for the specs so I (we) could see if it's got an AGP slot, or if it's PCI-E compatable.

BTW, the only useful link that I could find was from Walmart HERE. Scroll down almost halfway and you'll find the specs on it......I was looking at the specs for the integrated graphics only, not the model of the computer
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Posted 07 March 2006 - 05:23 PM

If steve is right , and I believe he almighty be. You should bump your RAM to min 768mb to have 512mb for system and the full 256mb for video. 1gb would be sweet but not neccessary. Accualy reducing the video RAM allocation to 128mb or even 64mb in the BIOS would be an inexpensive solution. And face it what does grandma need all that video for, Right?
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Posted 07 March 2006 - 06:31 PM

If steve is right , and I believe he almighty be. You should bump your RAM to min 768mb to have 512mb for system and the full 256mb for video. 1gb would be sweet but not neccessary. Accualy reducing the video RAM allocation to 128mb or even 64mb in the BIOS would be an inexpensive solution. And face it what does grandma need all that video for, Right?
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Great play on the name there! I actually did LOL at that one....made the wife ask what I was looking at on the internet..... :flowers:

Great point about the reducing the video ram too....that never even dawned on me until I read it in your post! And I believe that 128 mb ram will meet the requirements for most of (if not all of) todays popular games.
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 12:55 AM

AMD processors have a reputation of running hotter than Intels, and since the Compaq Presario 1719 is a laptop, heat will become critical.

See how much more it would take to get an Intel processor.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 06:23 AM

AMD processors have a reputation of running hotter than Intels, and since the Compaq Presario 1719 is a laptop, heat will become critical.

See how much more it would take to get an Intel processor.

Here I have to disagree with our esteemed Enthusiast. Back in AMD's K7 (ie Thunderbird, Athlon XP) days AMD ran hotter than Intel, but that was years ago. With AMD's K8 architecture AMD has been running much cooler than Intel on desktops and on par with Intel in laptops. That might all change when Conroe/Merom ("Pentium 5") comes out but that is still in the future.

Then, of course, AMD processors tend to be about $200 cheaper than the same class Intel processors.
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Posted 10 March 2006 - 03:23 PM

Thanks for all your help. You've all given me a fair bit to think about. I'm not sure I trust myself to bump up the RAM without frying something but I know someone who's more confident with that than me.
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Posted 10 March 2006 - 03:26 PM

If you can order the upgrade RAM with the computer, you have nothing to worry about.




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