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Sunday, July 02, 2006

We all need dedicated Graphics cards.

Note: ATI GPU cards work the same...

Graphics cards aren't just for hardcore gamers any more. A graphics board/card will improve your computing experience on many different levels. Do the large graphics files you work with take a long time to display on your computer or do the 3D games you play look like a some kind of slide show? A graphics board can speed up your system's ability to process 2D images and render the 3D graphics used in games. At the heart of a graphics card/ board is the graphics processing unit (GPU), a dedicated chip for rendering 3D graphics quickly and efficiently. While your CPU processes any sort of information, a GPU handles just display data, turning amazingly complex mathematical models into full-motion images. Newer graphics boards have technologies--such as ATI's Avivo and nVidia's PureVideo--that enhance DVD playback, particularly at high-definition resolutions.
GeForce 6200

Budget graphics cards under $100.00: GeForce FX 5200 Ultra, GeForce FX 5950 Ultra, GeForce 6200 Graphics and GeForce 6600 LE.

Mainstream graphics cards under $200.00: GeForce 6600gt and GeForce 6800.

Note: Even an inexpensive graphics card/ board can make your up gradable PC with integrated graphics faster.

Note: Graphics boards today come with either a PCI Express interface to plug into the PCI Express slot on newer PCs or an AGP interface to plug into the AGP slot on older PCs. PCI Express graphics card/ boards can't fit in AGP slots and vice versa, so check what your PC can accommodate before you buy.


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