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ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Graphics

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March 2, 2010 5:26:10 PM

Hello,
I'm looking to purchase a new computer. I'm wanting to get into teaching myself graphic and website design. This is listed for Video Graphics:
ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Graphics with 256MB graphics memory. Up to 1919MB total available graphics memory as allocated by Windows® 7. Is this good or not? I know very little about graphic cards.
March 2, 2010 5:26:10 PM

Hello,
I'm looking to purchase a new computer. I'm wanting to get into teaching myself graphic and website design. This is listed for Video Graphics:
ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Graphics with 256MB graphics memory. Up to 1919MB total available graphics memory as allocated by Windows® 7. Is this good or not? I know very little about graphic cards.
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March 2, 2010 5:31:58 PM

The HD 3200 is an integrated graphics card, if you just intend to use it for graphic design and arent planning on playing games it will do fine
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March 2, 2010 5:48:13 PM

As a clarification, "it will do fine" on a single moderately sized monitor for most office/graphic programs. It is still vastly inferior to almost any discrete graphics card.

You might consider something with a real card if you want to use a large monitor, multiple monitors, edit video, or do some of the more intensive special-effects tasks available in Adobe CS4.

If you would like advice on the rest of the system feel free to post it along with your price.
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March 2, 2010 5:53:36 PM

Well, gaming is possible, as long as you're not looking at playing cutting edge 3d games from the last 4 years or so. As you can see from the link it's waaay down the list. I mean I bought a 6600gt (basically equivalent 3d performance as the 3200) new at least 4 or 5 years ago if not more, and it wasn't top of the line then. But if it's a desktop you can always add in a card later.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...
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March 2, 2010 6:24:04 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
For gaming purposes,the answer is no because HD 3200 is a low-end card for gaming but for non-gaming purposes it will be fine
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March 2, 2010 6:56:09 PM

3200 is not a card, its an integrated chip in your motherboard and uses system RAM rather then dedicated memory. Its fine if you use a single monitor and just MS office with email use.

I would suggest a 4350 for web site design or even 4550. It will help out on video, multi-monitors, etc.,

For gaming, use this list to get a better understanding of what cards can do at specific resolutions.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphic...
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March 2, 2010 7:16:07 PM

^+1@ct1615 and that article link. A new one comes out every month, and March just started so there'll be another one soon.
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March 2, 2010 8:05:28 PM

I will say this, the 3200 can play World of Warcraft :) 
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March 2, 2010 8:31:17 PM

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    March 9, 2010 12:51:32 PM

    Thanks a lot for the advice everyone! I was going to check if it's possible to upgrade the graphics card, if not I will look at a different computer because I hate to make a purchase to later regret it.
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    March 9, 2010 12:56:53 PM

    Apart from laptops almost all computers come with a PCIe x16 slot to allow you to upgrade the graphics. If you do want to do some gaming then we need to know things like power supply specifications, monitor resolution and your budget.
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    March 9, 2010 1:13:21 PM

    williamss said:
    Thanks a lot for the advice everyone! I was going to check if it's possible to upgrade the graphics card, if not I will look at a different computer because I hate to make a purchase to later regret it.



    Hey williams-- there are lots of decent graphics cards available online that are easy to stick into an existing system. Provided that the system you buy has enough room in the case, and has a power supply of at least 300w you could easily boost the graphic power by 10x for like $40. All it involves is sticking a card into a slot and tightening a screw.
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