12-27-2018 09:14 AM
Hello. After taking my laptop apart again I realized I can actually add another ram stick but I'm not sure if it's worth doing. I'm aware that I have to get a Crucial 4g or 8g SODIMM DDR3 stick to go with/replace my 4g stick that came with the laptop with a total cap of 16g to upgrade to. However given the limitations of the G700 I'm unsure if adding more RAM will be worth doing as I'm saving for a real PC. Is it going to be worth the $30-$100 to increase my RAM or should I just wait until I build my PC. I play a modderatly modded Civilization 6, Mount&Blade Warband, and other less taxing games. Other than nearly 100% freezing the laptop (requiring holding the power button) a few times, low settings, and used to mouse delay/low fps in some cases it's still playable imo
Any opinions are welcome and thx for your time
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12-27-2018 11:53 AM
If the machine shares the video with the system's ram (integrated without a dedicated chip) then we expect that adding system RAM would allow more resources to be shared maybe to allow you to even increase the graphic settings.
Personally, I would consider a refurbished ram instead maybe from local service shops where they usually have extra ram for sale since DDR3L are not something for future proof and getting obsolete so it would soon be unusable for upgrading newer machines that you may purchase unlike SSD.
I remember how it goes with DDR2 and lower version that soon went as junk parts after DDR3 and now we already have DDR4s.
I hope this helps you decide better.
12-27-2018 03:04 PM
Thanks for the response. I do believe my laptop has "integrated graphics" and according to notebookcheck I should have "Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M". It says that the NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M "does not offer dedicated graphic ports" which I'm assuming means it would benifit from the extra RAM? Once you mentioned "If the machine shares the video with the system's ram (integrated without a dedicated chip)" I started looking into it because I thought that "Integrated Graphics" means that simply adding ram will help. I don't see much else that mentions RAM and I've only had the laptop open twice so I can swap and clean my fan a couple times. Sorry if I'm looking at the wrong info as I have no experience other than changing my fan atm
12-28-2018 06:44 AM
Now that it have its own NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M and that you still have freezing maybe you can run diagnostics to check the integrity of other parts like harddrive.
A Solid State Drive may be a better upgrade since SSD can be transferable from old machines to new ones and if you still have same freezing during the games then maybe that is the time you can decide on adding a ram.
If you have done swap and fan cleanup for daily maintainance, such upgrades would most likely be a simple task for you.
12-28-2018 03:54 PM
I hate to say this but I think I just realized that I don't have the NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M. I'm still new to even identifying what things are and given that this is an old hand me down laptop that they went cheap on it's probably a similar situation to my old blootooth issue. I assumed it had blootooth and when I was directed on how to find the component I realized I never had it. I'm guesing the NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M was an option and they didn't take it since my flat cooling tube goes over what looks like an empty marked spot that I believe that goes.
Anyways I'm likely going to get some ram to boost me a little till I build my PC since the SSD pricing is a bit much for what I am looking for but thanks a lot. It's nice to be able to talk to people like you who help others with stuff like this.