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Old 01-29-2014, 10:45 PM
 
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So I have a 4 year old dell laptop, 4GB memory, 320GB hard drive, with the standard intel graphics. If I am doing a few things, I usually get that pop-up saying high cpu usuage and usually seems like it is because of the virtual memory. When I go to buy a new laptop, should I buy one with a dedicated memory card, and spend the extra money, or just buy a laptop with higher specs. In the past it seemed like when you visit dell, hp website to build a laptop you always had the option to add a better graphics card, now not so much, just the intel graphics. I want to make sure I get something good since I am usually using multiple websites and playing audio, and doing other things.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:05 PM
 
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Dedicated memory with graphics will help, because it takes a set amount away from your RAM with integrated, but usually it's not much. What's your budget and goal for the laptop far as what you're wanting it to do?
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:08 PM
 
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I would like to spend around 800. I am really happy with my dell, it still runs amazing 4 years later, and even the battery which is original hold about a 3 hour life charge before I need to plug it in. I do not play online games or anything that requires a high end gaming lap top, but I do like to have the performance and speed since I use it so much and do many tasks at the same time.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:15 PM
 
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Unless you do something that requires the power of a dedicated video card (games, video rendering, etc)... don't get one. Use that money on RAM and an SSD.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:19 PM
 
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Integrated graphics are pretty good now. I have Intel HD 5000 on my laptop and it's more than powerful enough for pretty much everything I throw at it. I even do quite a bit of gaming with it.

That said, it's not really clear what the problem is. High CPU usage? Virtual memory? What's the actual problem? How do you know it's graphics related?
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:20 PM
 
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Okay, are the hybrid hard drives worth the extra money, and have they been pretty reliable? I plan to get a hard drive that is a 1TB.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:22 PM
 
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If you can pinpoint it to virtual memory.... add some ram.

What does your ram usage look like on the resource monitor?
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:22 PM
 
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The only reason I think it is graphics related, is because it seems to happen the most if I need to run a video program or something like that usually.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:23 PM
 
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Okay, are the hybrid hard drives worth the extra money, and have they been pretty reliable? I plan to get a hard drive that is a 1TB.
Yes.
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:24 PM
 
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The only reason I think it is graphics related, is because it seems to happen the most if I need to run a video program or something like that usually.
It's possible that your video player is not offloading video decoding to the GPU and is performing it on the CPU instead.

Update your video card driver.

What video player are you using?
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