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Buyers Guide Part 8 - Graphics Cards

Posted Friday, May 7, 2004

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So when buying what do you look for? If the budget is tight and you are buying a computer, you will find the cheaper range will have onboard video. Make sure that you ask if an AGP slot is available inside, for future expansion.

AGP cards are the choice for graphics, but can only be used in an AGP slot. Without this expansion slot you will find yourself replacing the motherboard as well, incurring a larger expense.

Picture is a free brown AGP slot

When buying a new graphics card, always look for what was top of the range 6 months previous. This will allow you to buy a card that was maybe £200 plus for less than £100. This will save you a lot of money.

PCI cards are best avoided as they usually only provide minor performance enhancements.

Laptops come with onboard video, remember this cannot be upgraded so look for the best that’s available at time of purchase.