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Different Graphics Cards

Discussion in 'Games' started by brian_d, May 17, 2009.

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  1. brian_d

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    Hello, I am new here so bear with me. I want to get the new Sims 3 game coming out in a few weeks. I did the system requirements lab, and it said that my video card was not up to par. I have the Intel Mobile 4 Series Express Chipset Family. Is there any way to replace this in a laptop or upgrade it so that the Sims will play efficiently? Also, can someone explain to me what the difference between integrated graphics and discrete graphics are? And why discrete are better. Thanks, sorry if its a lot.:eek:
     
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    Integrated graphics cards are integrated onto the motherboard of a computer. Discrete cards, also known as add-on cards are added to the computer using a slot (PCI, AGP, PCI-Express 16x with desktops, laptops are a bit different.) You can propably (depends a lot on the connectivity in your laptop) add a graphics card, but it will be external: http://www.trustedreviews.com/graph...-Makes-First-External-Laptop-Graphics-Card/p1
    Where to find one of those and how much they cost, no idea. What I know is that they're not worth it. :rolleyes: If you want to play a game, get a good game-capable laptop, or a same level desktop for 50% less.
     
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