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HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR VIDEO CARD

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nVidia GTS 450 Video Card

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  1. PCIe Technology– technical information about PCIe video card versions, video card connectors, and motherboard card slots
  2. Criteria– how to define what you want in a video card in terms that match key video card selection criteria and how to identify what cards will work with your computer
  3. Non-Gaming Video Card Upgrades– inexpensive but top rated video card upgrades for general use, such as using office applications, browsing the internet, viewing movies, operating HTPC systems, and playing low intensity games
  4. Gaming Graphics Card Upgrades– tools for a more intensive comparison of graphics card capabilities and guide to selecting the top rated video card upgrade for gaming
  5. Reviews – Online sources for detailed video card reviews, tests, benchmarks, and video card comparisons done by reputable experts
  6. Brands and Vendors– guides to selecting the best brands and vendors for a video card upgrade
  7. Install – "How to" instructions for replacing and installing a video card
  8. AMD/ATI vs. nVidia Video Cards - a description of the two companies that design all video cards and discussion of the differences between them

Upgrading a video card is relatively easy, although some computer users approach a video card upgrade with hesitation because it is done infrequently. This site helps by providing information, guides and links for selecting a video card upgrade and installing it.


VIDEO CARD PRIMER - UPGRADING A VIDEO CARD

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Video card

GPU (graphics processing unit)

Motherboard

Video options on different motherboards

Selecting video options on a motherboard with integrated video and a video card slot

Combined GPU and CPU

Video Monitor or Display Resolution

Video Card Slots

Multiple Video Cards

The Two Video Card Designers

 


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