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I just bought a new rig and It's going to take me a few months before I can afford to buy a good PCIe VC for it. I just have a few questions to ask about intergrated graphics.

New Rig:
Pentium D 820 (Smithfield)
DDR2 512MB RAM

VC info:
Name: Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
DirectX: 9
Core Clock Speed: 400
Pixel Pipelines: 4
VRAM: Up to 224 MB maximum video memory (dynamically changes when needed)
Memory Bandwith: 10.6 GB/sec
1600 MPixels/sec and 1600 MTexels/sec fill rate
Pixel Shader: 2.0
Vertex Shader: 3.0


Old Rig:
Pentium 4 1.4GHz (Willamette)
SDRAM 512MB RAM

VC info:
Name: ATI Radeon 9250 (running on AGP x4)
DirectX: 7
Core Clock Speed: 240
Pixel Pipelines: 4
VRAM: 256 MB
Memory Bandwith: 6.40 GB/s
960 MPixels/sec and 960 MTexels/sec fill rate
Pixel Shader: 1.4
Vertex Shader: 1.1


1. Will this new rig perform better in game even though it's intergrated graphics?

2. I plan to add on another 512 stick of RAM in another month. Do you thing that I may not be able to use the whole 224 MB (of my system RAM) for gaming until I get ugrade up to 1 GB

(I'll probably have some more questions later. I'll just add a reply when I remember what to ask.)
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It really depends on what games you are looking at trying to play. Remember as you're video chipset takes memory from your system, you're rig will have to write information to the page file which is slower to access since the HD actually has to spin up before it can read data.

I would seriously look at upgrading to 2GB (2x1GB) instead of just going to 1GB. Newer software is taking up to around 1GB of RAM so upgrading to 2GB will give you a little bit of a buffer.
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For the most part, the Intel will suck. However, if you run things on ultra low settings and everything, it will definately be playable.
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Yeah, I know it will use my system memory. Also, I'm going to be using SATA if that'll help the HDD situation. I read an article just a couple days ago about how 2GB is unnecisarry(sp?), and I'm pretty sure I won't be running that many RAM consuming programs. I use Photoshop and 3Ds Max all the time, and I'm only on 512 MB.

The games I usually play: Halo, UT2004, Half-Life 2, America's Army, Warrock(BF2 type game), Gunz, maybe some others. (and I can run them all on high or medium on my Radeon 9250 at about 25-40 FPS, which is really playable for me.)
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For the most part, the Intel will suck. However, if you run things on ultra low settings and everything, it will definately be playable.
Are you sure? It's specs are just about all around a little higher than the GeForce FX5200, so if unless you run everything on low, shouldn't I be fine?
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But the Geforce has it's own memory and processor :-)

You will definately be fine if you run everything on low...as long as it's not FEAR.
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Yeah, I know it will use my system memory. Also, I'm going to be using SATA if that'll help the HDD situation. I read an article just a couple days ago about how 2GB is unnecisarry(sp?), and I'm pretty sure I won't be running that many RAM consuming programs. I use Photoshop and 3Ds Max all the time, and I'm only on 512 MB.

The games I usually play: Halo, UT2004, Half-Life 2, America's Army, Warrock(BF2 type game), Gunz, maybe some others. (and I can run them all on high or medium on my Radeon 9250 at about 25-40 FPS, which is really playable for me.)
During you're gameplay you may have little over 256MB of system RAM left so that is going to effect you're overall gameplay.

I usually play BF2 and the difference in playability (on high settings) from 1GB to 2GB is night and day. Seriously contemplate on the 2GB of RAM, even with SATA it takes time for your HD to spin up and then read data, which will give you choppy framerates (especially with a majority of today's games requiring 512MB as minimum requirements). With you're video card taking almost half of your system memory, I'd be concerened that your games will either run horribly or not run at all. I'm not trying to be negative just giving you the facts.
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So... Are you saying it will perform worse than the 9250?

(I'll probably grab a 6800XT or something in Feb.)
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So... Are you saying it will perform worse than the 9250?

(I'll probably grab a 6800XT or something in Feb.)
In some cases, Yes. That processer literally EATS your old proc. for breakfast though! Just wait a bit 'till you got funds and get a proper video card! 6800 or x850 or higher
    
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So... Are you saying it will perform worse than the 9250?

(I'll probably grab a 6800XT or something in Feb.)
Yes basically any Nvidia/ATI based cards pwn the Intel graphics. Intel graphics are the worst.
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