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#1 satnam

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 06:09 AM

My PC - Compaq Pressario only has onboard graphics. If I add a sperate graphics card will it speed up my PC?
Is it easy to fit a card? just push into slot and load drivers?? I Guess?
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 01:48 PM

You need to find out what type of open slots you have AGP or PCI. It won't make the computer faster per-se. You might get a clearer, crisper picture. and better frame-rates. You have to do a little more than plug and play. You disable the onboard, shut down, install card, make adjustments in the BIOS, then boot into safemode and install the drivers
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 03:23 PM

If you're looking for a performance gain (increase in overall speed of your computer), then you might consider getting more ram (if possible). RAM is a cheap upgrade that's easy to install, and will give you a noticeable increase in boot times, speed and overall performance. :thumbsup:
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 06:36 PM

I agree with stevealmighty. If the exact reason to add a graphics card is to speed up your computer you would be much better served maxing out your memory. If you are upgrading to play games then we need the make and model of your computer before we can make any recomendations. :thumbsup:
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 10:46 PM

Though for a presario.s I believe they either have Xpress 200's or the nVidia counterparts. And they do use system memory, but not a total lot, unless your computer's a bit starved on RAM, such as only 256Mb. I also full agree with stevealmighty, as more RAM will help main system performance much more.
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 10:44 PM

Hi all
thanks for the comments
I have already added memory - an additonal 1GB so I have 1GB+256MB of RAM
This PC can take up to 4GB RAM - the Processor is AMD Semporon 3400+ 1.8Mhz.
is it better to add more RAM or add a PCIe Graphics card

the pc is pessario SR1950N

any advice apppreciated

thanks guys and gals

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 01:10 PM

Upping it to 2GB ram won't hurt. I wouldn't bother going above 2gb of ram though...not enough "bang for the buck", then there's that whole XP and it not using more than 2GB of ram....

A low end PCI vid card would be a last upgrade IMHO. If anything, because you don't play games with it, so it won't really accelerate any 3d type stuff, so it'll really only be giving you a better, crisper display.
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 10:17 AM

I believe that this is a link to your system specs: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...153&lang=en

Adding a PCIe video card will speed the system up because it will:
1) Free the processor and RAM up from working all of the video signal
2) Will allow a dedicated video card to do it's work undisturbed.

That being said, I don't think that you'll notice that much of a difference unless you're playing high end games.
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 08:36 PM

You'll notice faster/better video performance. As for the PC, not all that much of a change. Integrated graphics are suited to home media centers, ABSOLUTELY NOT gaming. For gaming, external graphics would be an improvement.
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