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Postby Gunblade » January 22nd, 2009, 5:48 pm

I want to get a better graphics card but I don't know much about them. how much Mb is a good graphics card?
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Postby DarkGnomeofthePit » April 11th, 2009, 5:22 pm

I suppose that this answer comes a little late but how much mb you want in a card all depends on what you want to run. Today, you can run almost any game smoothly with a 256mb card, like Team Fortress 2, World of Warcraft, Left 4 Dead etc. 128mb cards however are fine to run games 4 years or older but not much more. If you are trying to run a game like Crysis however you are going to need a card with at least 700mb as it requires power and speed. Most people think that ram is the only thing that affects the speed of your computer but when it comes to gaming the higher mb the card the faster it runs. Product number is also a huge issue, for example I currently have a GeForce 8,600 GT card (256mb) though it is a 256mb card it may run faster than a low end 512mb card. The cool thing about the GeForce 8,600 GT is that it is about $100 but comes with the Company of Heroes game free. Another factor that effects graphics cards is if your computer has a pci express slot or not, a really old computer may have a different type of slot and thus uses different types of cards. Most computers built within the past 6 years or so have pci express however making the other card types hard to find. I hope that this sheds some light on the situation if you are still searching.
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Postby KeKe » April 11th, 2009, 5:54 pm

umm most computers built int he past 3 years have pci express. I built my pc in 2004 before pci express existed. at least from the perspective of consumer usage.

as for gfx card, go big or stay home, thats all I got to say
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Postby DarkGnomeofthePit » April 11th, 2009, 5:58 pm

Sorry about my error I was just doing a rough date estimate (lucky for me I was only 3 years off lol) :D
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Postby KeKe » April 12th, 2009, 3:23 pm

3 years in computer hardware is nearly 2 lifetimes
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Postby narobi » May 12th, 2009, 11:14 pm

KeKe wrote:3 years in computer hardware is nearly 2 lifetimes


its about 2 and a half to be closer to the life time of hardware improvements technology gets better every 2 years almost on the dot
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