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Old 12-06-02, 05:08 PM
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Should i get 16mb or 32 mb video card??

I'm ordering a dell laptop (Inspiron 2650C) and I'm wondering if there's a big difference between 16 and 32 mb for the video card. The card is DDR 4X AGP NVIDIA GeForce2 Go™Vid. I won't be doing a lot of gaming, since I'm going to law school next year, but I'd like to at least be able to play a game once in a while. Any thoughts??
Old 12-06-02, 05:47 PM
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Obvious answer: For Godsakes, get the 32MB vid card! You will be kicking yourself for not getting it.
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If you're going to do any 3D (OpenGL or D3D) gaming at all, go with the 32MB version. I can't imagine the price being all that different since it's an inexpensive chip to begin with.

If you're really on a tight budget, a 16MB version will get you by. You won't be able to play in the higher resolutions, but then again that may not be an issue with the smaller screen of the laptop.
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Depends on the price. If its 20-50bucks more go for it. If its over a hundred bucks its not worth it. Most games will not benifit from the memory (those that do want more then 32 megs)..
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I have been looking also and the upgrade price is $99.99. So you pay $99.99 for 16mb of ram. I know the new 8200 series the video card can be upgraded. See the review on anandtech about this. So if you can't pay the extra right now wait and you should be able to upgrade it in the future from what I have read.
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For what reason would someone need more than 16MB of video memory? (I remember when 16MB was considered a LOT of computer memory, 1MB was common, and video was like 256k)
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Originally posted by Movie_Man
For what reason would someone need more than 16MB of video memory? (I remember when 16MB was considered a LOT of computer memory, 1MB was common, and video was like 256k)
The keyword in that equation is *was*. Development and implementation would be one reason. Gaming or advanced CAD would be yet another. There are many reasons, it just depends on what you *need* it for. It's all relative.
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Dell must have those 64MB cards for laptops.I would love to get them.Even using a 32mb card on my Inspiron 8100 the games do have some problems.So to get a faster gaming experince get the most that they can offer.
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Games use the extra memory to store textures and things. For those of us who play no games, the extra memory is useless.
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If you can afford it, then pay more. This is true not just for video memory, but also for the RAM, HD, CPU speed, and everything else.

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