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#1 Sterling14

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 05:19 PM

I don't really know much about graphics cards, but I have a question. I don't know if its a big deal or not but I downloaded Age of Empires 3 demo and it said my graphics memory is too low at 64mb. I checked it in control panel and everest and they both say I have 96mb. I have an Intel® 82865G Graphics Controller and Intels Extreme Graphics 2 (whatever that is). My other info is its a dell dimension 3000 pentium 4 2.8GHz, 512 ddr sdram, and an 80 gig hard drive. Is this a big problem or anything because I'm going to be getting some newer computer games and more ram. Should I invest in a new graphics card as well?
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Posted 13 October 2006 - 01:18 AM

To play newish games, yes. Because Age of Empires isn't all that of a demanding game if you turn down the shading quality, my Xpress 200 ran it well. But other new games won't work on your Intel Graphics controller. But you have to determine if you have a spare AGP or PCI-Express slot. The 96mb memory could be that your card has a small bit of dedicated memory and the rest is spare shared used for a cache similar to nVidia "Turbo Cache" so it may not be detecting your video memory correctly.

Edited by protozero, 13 October 2006 - 01:25 AM.

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 01:22 AM

A graphics card is probably the most important part of a gaming computer, and Intel Extreme Graphics 2 was never intended to do anything but show you the desktop and let you surf the web. Many newer games won't run on it.

There might be a problem with upgrading though. If I remember correctly the Dell Dimension 3000 doesn't have AGP or PCIe expansion slots, which severely limits your ability to get even a half-decent graphics card.
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Posted 13 October 2006 - 01:27 AM

From what I looked up on the Dell Dimension 3000. It doesn't have any AGP or PCI-E slots, so there's not to much of a point putting a PCI card in there as it will be seriously bottlenecked and hardly even able to play Age of Empires 3.
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