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June 16th, 2013

windows aero with intel 950 graphics card?

i am thinking about buying the alienware sentia m3450 and upgrading it to these specs:

Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz
1GB RAM
120GB Hard Drive

the computer is labeled "windows vista capable". does that mean it is capable with aero also or just basic? my main concern is that the inegrated intel 950 graphics won't run aero. i've heard that it didn't before but that support has now been released...just wanted to confirm that info...and also...do i need a DVD writer with vista or does a stardard DVD drive work? all the information i can possibly have would be helpful
when do you think the sentia will recieve a better graphics card?

Most likely not. The 950 does not support hardware T&L, which is one of the key features of Aero.

If you're getting an Alienware anyway, I would strongly recommend getting a dedicated graphics card such as at least a GeForce 7300LE or higher. Know about the graphics card before you buy. Aero does not run very well with integrated graphics.

You probably know this, but integrated basically means that it borrows from the system's RAM and uses up system memory and bandwidth. The result is a very slow card.

Intel's graphics cards are very outdated in comparison to those of ATI or nVidia.

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