Post by ubiquitous on Jan 20, 2012 19:16:13 GMT -5
Sorry but I gotta call bull on your statement madda we are not in the 1980s here. In most cases you are able to upgrade your video card since you can disable the integrated one. I know since I had to buy a prebuilt gateway computer on credit when I was attending college but later I upgraded the video card to the best supported by the power supply on the computer.
The thing you gotta check is what motherboard you have and what slots are available to you (PCI, PCIE, AGP) From that you can narrow down the cards you can get you also gotta make sure your power supply is big enough to support the new card. Once you install the new card and you will have to disable the integrated one and download the correct drivers for your new card.
It sounds more complicated than it is but as I said we are not in the 1980s there is always a way around everything. Just keep in mind that once you open up your pc if its a branded one you will void your warranty if its still under warranty.
Sorry but I gotta call bull on your statement madda we are not in the 1980s here. In most cases you are able to upgrade your video card since you can disable the integrated one.
What Ubiquitous said is true. Quite a few prebuilt rigs are coming shipped with integrated graphics cards now. Should be quite easily to disable through either Control Panel or it may require you to go into the BIOS since it's motherboard related. As for the proposed graphics card you are getting, I highly reccomend it. I have the same card and have done since I brought my rig a good year and a half ago, I can play all games at ultra, max resolution with at least 30 FPS.
Post by ubiquitous on Jan 21, 2012 15:36:26 GMT -5
You do not remove these integrated cards you disable them through the bios settings as stated by billsy.
As for cost effective it really depends on his budget. He already has a base to start with so if he wanted to he could upgrade bit by bit as money permitted and he can have a pretty good rig.
It is only more cost effective when you are starting off from scratch to build a monster rig than to buy a pre-built rig.
Btw etrius did you check if the card is compatible with your motherboard and if you have a PCIe slot available in the motherboard? If you do not have any kind of open slots for the video card then as stated by maddacheeb it may be better to start building your own rig.
How is internet performance and video buffering with the card since my integrated one is pretty good at video buffering and etc.
Personally I don't suffer any problems with regards to my Internet speed and loading videos, as I say, all in all a good card for the money. It's DX11 as well as oppose to DX 10, if I remember rightly, it was one of the earlier DX11 cards.