How to Choose a Graphics Card

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Choose a graphics card by making sure the card has the right connection type and that the power supply will be able to accommodate the right kind of graphics card. Look at the graphics card recommendations on the box of a favorite video game with advice from a network engineer and IT specialist in this free video on graphics cards.

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You choose a graphics card very similarly to choosing a PC. You want to take all the specs into consideration for what you're doing. So most people buy a graphics card for the gaming, rather than video editing. But there are a couple of things that you want to keep in mind when you go shopping. One is a connector type. You want to make sure that it puts out to DVI. Not to our higher standard like HDMI. The reasoning behind that is that the old type of connector, VGA, is not capable of handling such high bandwidths of graphics and all that stuff to the monitor. So that's one thing to remember. Also what you want to remember is what kind of connection do you have on your motherboard. Is it an old AGP connection or the new PCI Express connection? The old AGP, even though you may find a cheaper card, it's not going to function as quickly as say another card of the same brand, same type on a PCI Express because AGP operates at a 4x aperture. And then PCI Express operates at 16x apertures. So that means all the graphics can be put to and put off of the graphics card in a faster fashion on a PCI Express. So with that, you want to make sure that PCI Express is the way to go. Also will your graphics card suck up all the power inside of your computer? A lot of pre made computers, for instance say Dell or HP, they have particular power supply that only powers enough for what came out of the factory. So if you put in a brand spanking new graphics card, chances are it's going to suck up a lot of power out of your computer. So you want to make sure that your power supply can accommodate the right kind of graphics card. Also, when you're looking or shopping, between comparing the two major brands, you've got NVIDIA and ATI, you want to make sure that it's going to get what you want. So a good way to kind of discern which is good for you, you take a look at the box that your game, whatever game that you're kind of targeting for. You kind of take that. You look at the recommended specifications and go up two. So for instance if one recommends NVIDIA G4 6800, like this one here. You want to go up another couple of iterations, another generation, maybe to a G4 7000 series. To kind of make sure that any other game that you buy in the next one to two years will be able to accommodate the new games.

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