Considering an please?

Dell Studio 1555
October 5, 2010 at 18:21:41
Specs: Windows 7, 2.2 GHz / 4060 MB
I recently discovered this site and found out my graphics card is not as great as I thought, I just hang out with people who also have less than amazing hardware. I was considering an upgrade to one of the GeForce GTX models or stick with ATI and get the HD 4870 x2. Either way I was realizing that the graphics league im looking at entering mainly supports GDDR3 memory. And as my computer currently has a sticker inside stating: DDR2 Only, yet my graphics card, as listed on previously mentioned website, says it supports DDR2, DDR3 and GDDR3, I am kind of stuck here. Is my pc compatible with GDDR3 if I upgrade to the GDDR3 based grahpics card? Is a GDDR3 only graphics card even compatible? I have many questions and need many answers. Most I can figure out on my own, but I need to know if this is even worth the effort or if my pc will need some complex modifying? I'd rather just build a new desktop if its going to come to that...Thanks in advance to all who provide help.

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October 5, 2010 at 22:49:03
Video card memory has nothing to do with system memory. As long as u have pcie x16 slot u can install any pci e v-card (pcie v-card with ddr, ddr2, ddr3, gddr2, gddr3, gddr5).
Dell studio 1555 doesn't have a v-card (it use intel gma 4500MHD) which sucks for gaming. If u wanna enjoy games better buy a gaming laptop (which is expensive) or a desktop.

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October 6, 2010 at 04:56:19
You can't upgrade the graphics on the majority of laptops/notebooks. As kuwese said, if you're not happy with your current graphics, you're going to have to buy a gaming laptop.

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October 6, 2010 at 15:13:13
Well firstly let me start by saying I think you are incorrect.
Here is proof:

I play Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, All Half-Life games, my system is actually halfway decent and certainly does not have some crappy integrated card.

Secondly, and this is where my confusion sets it, in this next screenshot you will see listed a PCI-X device. Now wikipedia states PCI-X and PCI-Express are completely different and incompatible, but as seen in the screenshot the PCI-X Device is actually called PCI-Express. And lower on the list is another PCI-X device, my VGA Controller.

In this third screenshot I ran msinfo32 which shows multiple PCI Express ports. So what do I really have? I am no good with contradictions....

Edit: I can run pretty decent games well enough, i also play Borderlands and Blur. Portal runs great. I have a 4.9 metascore on the windows experience index. I was considering getting crysis and a few other games, and also my GTA IV stutters quite a bit so I cant even play it. I just really want to upgrade and not have to buy a desktop. I just currently have nowhere I would use it as I am not home much and I'm more of an on-the-go gamer. I LAN alot and basically all my gaming is done at friends and families houses. I also am not into buying a new laptop as I already purchased this over priced heap. But i have kept it in top performance, for what it is.

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October 7, 2010 at 01:59:36
Your are incorrect.
Worse igp=intel, via, sis
Good igp=nvidia, amd
But igp isn't made for gaming. Intel doesn't produce v-card, u don't have a v-card u have igp (intel igp=worse igp for gaming).
Don't think about crysis if u can't buy gaming laptop or desktop or stick to old games. If u are a gamer please don't play them with low settings.

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