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I know that my ATI Radeon 3200 HD graphics card is a low end card, so i was just wondering since my pc came with a massive 4g ram could i use some of that and turn it into dedicated video memory or would i just have to buy a completely new video card, put that in my pc install the drivers on the disc that comes with it?

Also, is my dedicated video memory 256mb?

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System Information
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Time of this report: 11/29/2009, 04:45:43
       Machine name: MALACHI-PC
   Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
           Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Acer
       System Model: Aspire M3203
               BIOS: Default System BIOS
          Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 620 Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
             Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3824MB RAM
          Page File: 1762MB used, 5883MB available
        Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
   User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
 System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
     DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 64bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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      Display Tab 1: No problems found.
      Display Tab 2: No problems found.
        Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
        Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
        Sound Tab 3: No problems found.
          Input Tab: No problems found.

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D:    0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw:  0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay:  0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow:  0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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          Card name: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics          
       Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
          Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x9610)
           DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
         Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9610&SUBSYS_031F1025&REV_00
     Display Memory: 1909 MB
   Dedicated Memory: 253 MB
      Shared Memory: 1655 MB
       Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (59Hz)
       Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
      Monitor Model: Acer H223HQ
         Monitor Id: ACR0083
        Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz)
        Output Type: HDMI
        Driver Name: atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
Driver File Version: 8.14.0010.0678 (English)
     Driver Version: 8.632.0.0
        DDI Version: 10
       Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
  Driver Attributes: Final Retail
   Driver Date/Size: 7/1/2009 20:54:52, 4059648 bytes
        WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: 
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          Vendor ID: 0x1002
          Device ID: 0x9610
          SubSys ID: 0x031F1025
        Revision ID: 0x0000
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          Card name: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics          
       Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
          Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x9610)
           DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
         Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9610&SUBSYS_031F1025&REV_00
     Display Memory: 1909 MB
   Dedicated Memory: 253 MB
      Shared Memory: 1655 MB
       Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (59Hz)
       Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
      Monitor Model: Acer H223HQ
         Monitor Id: ACR0083
        Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz)
        Output Type: HD15
        Driver Name: atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
Driver File Version: 8.14.0010.0678 (English)
     Driver Version: 8.632.0.0
        DDI Version: 10
       Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
  Driver Attributes: Final Retail
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        WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp: 
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          SubSys ID: 0x031F1025
        Revision ID: 0x0000
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            DXVA-HD: Not Supported
       DDraw Status: Enabled
         D3D Status: Enabled
         AGP Status: Enabled
 

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i think u should go for a new GPU if u want to start higher level graphics gaming but be sure u have enough PS to your rig otherwise the PC will just shut down and make u think that its a hardware problem.
 

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
thanks for the reply guys, on my next wage i will get a better GPU and gcard, and im not sure floop as i cant open my hub right now,

also one other question where the proccesor is as mine is AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 620 Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.6GHz

does that II x4 mean dual core or something? and whats 4CPU's?
and whats the difference between like single core, duo, triple and quad core?
 

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to answer your first question, yes you have 256 MB dedicated memory for your video card, the other memory is shared, it's a new system in Vista and Windows 7, it shares the System Memory (RAM) with your video card memory)
Single core CPUs are old now (like the Pentium 4, old AMD....)
Dual Core CPUs is a new technology that makes the CPU hold more than one processor, or at least emulates more than one
Pentium D is the first in the technology, followed by Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Quad Core and then the i series (i5, i7)...
like intel, AMD is a rival CPU and Chip maker, you have an AMD CPU, its model is Athlon 2 X4 and yes it has 4 processors
if you open the Task Manager (right click on your taskbar and choose Task Manager) click on performance, beside the CPU usage you'll see 4 graphs that is working, that is your processor's activity, 90% of today's games benefits from the Dual Core technology, 2 years ago that wasn't so true.
so now you can say Single Core is absolete...
if you need to know more about Dual Core technology go here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_Core
 

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ahh i see now thanks rock :)

could you suggest a good GPU, power supply unit ( or is tht gpu? ) and gcard ?

also it says i have like 685mb free ram is that just like backup or can i redirect the ram to improve something else?

also in my start menu>> right click computer >> properties >> performance information and tools >> adjust power settings setting it to high performance settings, does that actually help graphics or what?
 

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the high performance settings is for laptops...
if you want to buy a video card, you need a power supply, yes
what is your budget?
for 200$ or 230$ you can get a Geforce 9800 GTX and a high quality Power supply (Corsair 650W)
Geforce 9800 GTX 135$
Corsair 650W : 100$ (90$ after rebate)
Total: 225$
 

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and what do you mean by shared memory? it uses some memory for graphics when it can? and just wondering what to the proccesors actually do? stabalize the system? let you run more programs or lets you actually run them?

still thinking that using some of the ram for dedicated graphics would be a great thing for microsoft to make :D
 

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The CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the brain of your PC
it gives all the command to all other PC parts (Video Card, Hard Disk, etc..)
without a CPU the PC can't do anything (it won't even run)
I always say the CPU is the PC brain and the Video card is its heart
so when you have a good CPU, your PC is more active and can process things faster
the shared memory I meant, is the RAM (system memory) is used as shared memory in your video RAM, but that won't help the performance
but don't worry that memory will be used only if the video memory is all used
so it won't affect your RAM
 

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oh i see, so i will try and get the corsair 650w and the nvidia card soon hopefully, thanks for your help!
 
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