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I did talk to the Geek Squad about this but I wanted to make sure. Basicly I found out that my Intel HD graphics card has 128mb of dedicated video ram and the rest will share from my 4 GB system ram. Now is it really true that todays onboard video cards have some dedicated ram for the video card? I just see on my system specs it says that 128mb is dedicated video memory and then total avaliable video ram is 1751mb. So basicly 1623mb is shared from my system when a game or program needs more than 128mb of ram?

Since if this is right any programs that use more than 128mb will be slower than the dedicated video ram that is 128mb. I know that video ram is usualy faster than shared memory so basicly if a game only needs 128mb or less then it should run as good as a dedicated video card but anything over 128mb will use the system memory which is slower I think. But I don't know if this is true for todays computers. But I do know that Intel said that the Intel HD graphics card is a entry-level video card. They said it will run games on low settings forsure.
    
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Graphics card > integrated

Always.
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Yeah, thats pretty much how it works. There are different variations on the idea in notebooks. Yours is setup better than my lappy, it ONLY uses system memory.
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Yes it is true that anything over 128mb will use system memory, usually you don't use all 4GB especially when gaming, so pulling memory from your RAM isn't really much of a problem. I don't really suggest trying to run very man games other than solitaire or mine sweeper, intel integrated video cards are just there basically to power the monitor and watch videos, nothing more nothing less.
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Well I did play Crysis 2 demo and it has around 10-12 FPS and them in some areas went upto 23 FPS so I guess it plays but is the lowest settings and lowest res. On Crysis the original my FPS is usualy around 22 and has gone upto around 30. This means that Crysis 2 uses more graphics than Crysis even if both are on low settings. I thought that Crysis 2 would run more smoother than Crysis but I guess Crysis still runs the best on low settings. If Crysis 2 has the same low settings as Crysis then it would play around 22 FPS which to me then it's playable.
    
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While you are right about the memory keep in mind there are other things at work as well.
Like the fact that an Intel GMA will have low clock speed as well as very little dedicated memory. That thing has enough memory onboard to display your desktop and run a video but thats about it.
Trying to game on that would be agonizing not only because of how little memory you have but also how slow the GMA is. You will be able to play things, but only on VERY low settings and you will be lucky to get more than 25fps.

If 22fps is playable to you then im glad you got something that will do that. For me anything less than 40 is annoying and anything less than 35 is unplayable.
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I was able to move enough to frag guys on Crysis 2 demo but it was kinda hard at times. But since I like the game I still play it. But on Crysis to me it runs pretty smooth so I can really frag guys better.
    
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Even a $35 graphics card would be an improvement. May I ask why you are trying to milk your integrated graphics? There's a reason that enthusiast boards don't even have them; the manufacturers know that the builder will provide their own graphics card.
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Well all I know is that Intel clearly said to me that the Intel HD graphics card is a entry-level dedicated video card so it will run on low settings. So of cource it won't play anything on high and I know that but at least I can play games on low.
    
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Well all I know is that Intel clearly said to me that the Intel HD graphics card is a entry-level dedicated video card so it will run on low settings. So of cource it won't play anything on high and I know that but at least I can play games on low.

If that is what works for you. Personally 20 FPS would drive me absolutely crazy and would be totally unacceptable.
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