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« on: August 29, 2013, 11:29:28 PM »

So if I understand correctly, what my system data/info (Windows 7) calls "dedicated graphics memory" is actually how much I have to work with when I'm considering whether my system will be able to run this or that program/game. Well, what then is meant by "total available graphic memory," and can I take some of that latter type of memory and add it to the dedicated memory, and if so how do I do that? Cause right now I have a whole lot more "available" memory than I do "dedicated" memory, and my dedicated memory seems pretty much worthless for any new games coming out...
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2013, 12:45:00 AM »

Most systems with on board graphics chips set aside a certain amount of system memory for graphics memory.  Regardless of how much system memory you put in the machine, the dedicated graphics memory remains unchanged.

As an example, if you buy the latest and greatest system (with the 4th generation Intel i series processors), you should be able to play a lot of modern games.

I have a desktop from 2009 with a 350 Watt power supply and a NVidia PCI Express graphics card with 1 GB of its own memory (no dependence on system memory).  I'm not a gamer; I'm confident that the old machine can play 95% of the games out there.  If you want to play 100% of the games, you need a faster processor and a dedicated video card with at least 1 GB of video RAM.
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2013, 09:59:19 PM »

So I can't change it then...? Well that stinks. Most of my system is adequate (6gb ram, etc.), but my graphics memory is terrible.
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2013, 11:04:01 PM »

If your power supply is at least 350W and you have a full length PCIExpress slot available, you can install a modern video card with 2 GB of Video memory, like this card below:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/399326/02G-P3-2627-KM_NVIDIA_GeForce_GT_620_SC_2048MB_DDR3_PCIe_20_x16_Video_Card



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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2013, 11:31:05 AM »

lulz whats the graphics memory bro?

I'm at 3GB. But really what resolution are you at?
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2013, 06:21:48 PM »

Keep in mind also that built on graphics card memory is incredibly fast in comparison to system shared memory.
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