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Do I need to upgrade graphics card? If so what would be acceptable?

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I have been offered the use of another computer to use Vectorworks landmark 2019. Do I need to upgrade it?. It is an HP Pavillion 500-242ea Desktop with AMD A8-5500 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics. 6GB RAM (5.18GB usable). I am an entry level user.

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To be honest, I'd stick with the 27" iMac listed in your signature if that is possible.

 

The HP you mention is from 2013 and therefore 4 years older tech than your iMac and looking at the specs the processor is quitea bit weaker as well and the pc is using an integrated graphics chip and not a dedicated graphics card so for decent performance you would have to get a dedicated graphics card (probably second hand depending on available connections). The older 4th gen Intel i5 cleary beats the AMD in this computer for single core performance http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-4460-vs-AMD-A8-5500 which will impact the usability of VW.

 

Your iMac may have a 7th gen i5 (just a guess) and if so then this link should give you an idea how it compares with the HP

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-7600K-vs-AMD-A8-5500-APU/3885vsm3432

 

Unless it is in addition to your iMac and basically for free and you want a Windows computer for running some Windows programs and/or occasional VW Landmark use, then it would be ok(ish) for light VW use. Otherwise I'd politely decline the offer.

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Thanks for your reply Art V. The iMac has an i7 processor with 8gbs RAM and 8GB VRam. Thinking of adding more Ram soon. The HP will be an add-on not a replacement. 

 

So looking too se if its worth getting a laptop or a dedicated graphics card for the HP Pavillion.

 

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