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Graphics card help needed before I spend money!!

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Last response: in Displays
November 4, 2009 4:25:47 PM

According to my system I have the following for a graphics card.

Display Devices
Card name: Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2772&SUBSYS_01D21028&REV_02
Display Memory: 256 MB
Dedicated Memory: 0 MB
Shared Memory: 256 MB
Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: HP 2009 Series Wide LCD Monitor
Monitor Model: HP 2009
Monitor Id: HWP2827
Native Mode: 1600 x 900(p) (60.000Hz)
Output Type: HD15
Driver Name: igdumd32.dll
Driver File Version: 8.15.0010.1825 (English)
Driver Version:
DDI Version: 9Ex
Driver Model: WDDM 1.0
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 6/16/2009 18:28:18, 3829760 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B78E66-6432-11CF-B974-D821A2C2C535}

My main problem with it is I cannot get the high screen resolution I want for my new screen. I was looking at buying a 256mb graphics card which according to the shop will allow me to get a 1600x900 60hz the optium resolution for my screen. Looking at what it says here though my intergrated graphics are already 256mb.

Can someone tell me is there a difference having a dedicated graphics card to intergrated graphics card and am I buying something which will benefit my computer or am I just wasting my money.

Help gratefully received!

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November 4, 2009 4:36:43 PM

A dedicated graphics card is far more powerful than an integrated one....What the integrated one does is that it shares a small part of ur cpu resources to run graphics and stuff....this limits its abilities to deliver quality GFX....but a dedicated GPU has its own memory and its own cooling etc....It run like a second processor just for graphics and display....spend without fear.....its not wasted money but a good investment....state ur system config to know better which card is suited for u????
November 4, 2009 4:41:15 PM

Thats excellent mate. I am going to put a PCIE Graphics card in. its ony 20 quid but it means I can do what I want to do with it and watch DVD's without annoying lines!

Just I did this system analysis on what my intergrated graphics was then saw 256mb and couldnt help but think I was just wasting my money on another 256mb graphic card!

So when I fit the dedicated graphics card does that mean in theory my PC should run quicker because all the memory is dedicated to the PC and not the graphics?

November 4, 2009 4:45:48 PM

Yup....anything thats movin some colours on screen will be handled by the GPU....