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How to buy a video card?

by ohh snap / March 27, 2010 11:23 AM PDT

I'm having a difficult time trying to purchase a video card, I have a stock Gateway - Desktop with Intel

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by Coryphaeus / March 27, 2010 12:45 PM PDT

What size RAM are you looking for? This is the deciding factor. Some video cards need an extra power supply plug, some don't. What type of output are you looking for? VGA, DVI, HDMI? What are you going to connect it to, and what input does this monitor have. Are you going to plug this card into a PCI or AGP slot. What's available on the motherboard?

What output power does the power supply have? If your new video card needs the extra power plug you need to consider a larger power supply.

I've seen excellent 512 RAM cards for under a hundred bucks, standard PCI or AGP connector. I've also seen dual cards that need a dual AGP slot with a Gig or so of RAM for a grand US.

This looks interesting http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130534

Just curious, why is 128 Meg not acceptable?

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For what purpose?
by Jimmy Greystone / March 27, 2010 1:12 PM PDT

For what purpose? What do you plan to use the card for? It makes a big difference in whether you want a high end gaming card, or just something a bit better for general purpose things than the 4500HD you have.

So what are some of the things you want to do that your current setup isn't doing well enough for you?

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