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If you\'re not playing games, how much video memory do you need?

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January 7, 2013 10:09:14 AM

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January 7, 2013 11:18:05 AM

not much
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January 7, 2013 11:58:02 AM

well if you don't play games, you wouldn't really need a card to begin with. Modern integrated gpus are quite enough for web/office/media usage.
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January 7, 2013 12:25:58 PM

If you're not gaming, then all add-in cards are going to be overkill and have boatloads more memory than you need. Integrated graphics w/ a 128MB share of your system memory pool would be plenty for Aero and general use. Tests have shown that more than the offically recommended 128MB doesn't provide much benefit, if any, for general desktop use w/ Aero enabled.
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January 7, 2013 12:36:22 PM

Your GPU is used even when you Load Desktop.
Not much but a little.

And is used even more when you Surf or Watch Movies (Youtube)
You can notice it through MSI Afterburner.
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January 7, 2013 12:44:45 PM

if you don't game at all....intel hd3000 is good enough you don't really need anything else
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January 7, 2013 1:15:08 PM

Frankly it depends on the OS that you will be using and your screen resolution...
XP works fine with just 32MB of video ram.
Vista and 7 require a bit higher 64-128MB for smooth operation of OS with some fancy graphics like aero
Not sure about Windows 8-never used it

Most Linux Window Managers would be content with even less video ram than Windows....

Since you will not be gaming the onboard/IGPU should be more than enough for you.
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January 7, 2013 1:19:51 PM

If you can get your hands on an older video card for free then use that. But otherwise it is not worth getting a video card for just general web/office computer use. Even a $25 Rasberry Pi computer can handle 1080p video output over HDMI.

For my parents I just put my outdated nVidia 7600 video card in their desktop since I did not need it anymore. Even today that video card would still be good enough for what they do and get video processing off of the CPU and system memory.
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January 7, 2013 1:20:13 PM

watching 4k res videos on MPC-HC with CUVID or DXVA on my GTX 660ti 2GB consumes 700-800megs of video ram.. just to let you know..
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January 8, 2013 7:23:15 PM

RazorBurn said:
watching 4k res videos on MPC-HC with CUVID or DXVA on my GTX 660ti 2GB consumes 700-800megs of video ram.. just to let you know..




Good to know, because watching 4K video is really common place these days.

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