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    UPGRADE CAUTION

    Everyone else likely knows it but I was shocked, shocked, to find that the less expensive machines do not always come with an AGP socket to upgrade the display driver. The machine comes with an Intel integrated (shared memory) on-board display driver and PCI sockets. Some of the newer games will not work.
    If your grandkids will get into high end games don't buy an inexpensive "Internet Ready" machine for them.

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    Re: UPGRADE CAUTION

    The good news is Andy, that many high-end graphics cards also come in PCI format - so you may still be able to upgrade your graphics.

    HOWEVER, many of the budget models may not come with enough RAM, cooling, or power supply horsepower to meet the demands of the newer games. Something to keep in mind is that the PC gaming industry is constantly challenging the hardware makers to reach into cutting edge technology - the better gaming machines tend to be the most expensive and powerful computers.
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    Re: UPGRADE CAUTION

    It sems like more and more these days, the right answer if you want to play high-end games, but don't want to keep your computer constantly updated to the "power user level" (Fast processor, lots of ram, large-fast HD) plus separately buying a $350+ video card every couple of years, is to buy a dedicated cartridge game system.

    Here's a Tom's Hardware guide article, that reports that while most games require 3D accelerated graphics hardware, they are virtually the only home desktop apps that actually requires this sort of power.

    http://graphics.tomshardware.com/gra...302/index.html

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    Re: UPGRADE CAUTION

    Thank you both for the advice to error on the side of caution. The site cited was extremely useful for pushing me through the logic of what-to-heck-to-buy. If anyone is planning to buy a new machine the TOM's will walk you through it.

    Tnx, Andy

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