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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



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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