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Video card advice

by GTOWNJIM / June 23, 2010 11:48 AM PDT

What are the advantages of installing a good pci video card in an expansion slot, in place of the integrated video board on the mother board?

Will it improve overall image quality or is it more beneficial to gamers?

I have an Asus desktop running Windows 7 home premium and an Asus lcd monitor.


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Are You Unhappy With What You Have ?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 24, 2010 12:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Video card advice

For many who surf the internet, only need a minimal amount of RAM, use their computer for checking email, and only watch a few online videos, integrated video is fine.. If you need a better video experience, such as those that work with graphic arts, or play video games, then a dedicated video card is the way to go. In addition, a separate video card contains its own RAM which allows it and the other system applications to run quicker and smoother.

So....the question is whether you're happy with your current video experience.. If not, then purchase a video card.

Hope this helps.


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another question
by GTOWNJIM / June 24, 2010 12:04 PM PDT

Thanks for the reply, it did answer a part of my question. As I am having an issue with the clarity of the windows fonts, would a dedicated video card possibly help that problem.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2010 9:02 PM PDT
In reply to: another question

Here I have just moved to a very simple HP G62 laptop and the external display is connected with HDMI cable. It's very sharp and is from the often maligned GMA (non-dedicate) video solution.

1. Connection. It's HDMI which gets around the VGA noise issues. So one step better towards clarity.

2. LCD Native Resolution. The next is when we run at LCD NATIVE RESOLUTION. So don't and you can see what happens. Read

3. CLEAR TYPE. Be sure to run the Clear Type Tuner noted at

Hope this helps clear things up.

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