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Question About Video Cards


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#1 robophobic

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 05:48 AM

so, i know almost nothing about video cards, other than that mine runs quite choppy. my system is windows xp, with a 2.4ghz celeron processor and 768 mb of ram. my current graphics card is an integrated intel 82845g graphics controller. a friend suggested that i purchase an XFX GEFORCE MX4000 64MB TV PCI CARD and that it would make things run better. i am a bit confused though, because my intel video controller says it has 64mb, and so does the xfx one, so would i actually be upgrading or keeping it the same?

i am not a hardcore gamer, though i do play tony hawk/nhl games, but i watch lots of videos on my computer. guess i'm just wondering if getting this new video card is worth it and if it would make a substantial difference or not.

thanks.

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 02:15 PM

As a rule, independant video cards are almost ALWAYS better than the stock, onboard adapters.

I'm assuming this is the card you're looking into: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...sp?EdpNo=706688

As for "is it worth it", i'm gonna put in a big "MAYBE". It's a very good bet it's better than your current card, but if you're going to want to do more stuff in the future regarding video editting or gaming, i'd suggesting investing in a 128mb or even 256mb card. 128's are getting cheaper and cheaper by the day, but 256's are still fairly pricey.

If, in the end, all you're doing is simply watching videos and playing older games, i'd say go with the 64 card you're looking at. It's only $30, and will most likely boost performance and quality a bit.

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 05:04 PM

thank you!




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