Guide to buying Graphics cards

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so you have just brought a new PC game only to find your PC can't play it.
So don't go and buy the first graphics card you see in PC world or the cheapest one with most memory on Ebay. The first thing to do when considering buying a graphics card for your PC is to check its worth it, their is no point going out and spending hundreds on a graphics card when it was your CPU or Memory that was slowing the PC down. so the first thing to do is to check the rest of you PC to see what its packing the best way to do this is to download Everest a free program that will tell you what components are in your PC you can get this by typing Everest home edition into google.

Once you have decided it is your graphics card that needs upgrading the first thing to do is to find out what type to graphics card you can put in you PC i.e. PCI, AGP or PCI-E. The only type you should even consider buying is PCI-E as PCI isn't even intended as a graphics card interface and AGP is way out dated. So the best way to find out what type of interface your motherboard can support is to look at the motherboard manual it will always tell you what it supports and where it is.

so now you know what interface your motherboard can support you will want to thing of what type of games you want to play on your PC if you only intend on playing say the Sims 2 you wont need anything too powerful or expensive but if you want to play new games like Crysis you will need a really beefy graphics card that is likely to cost allot. When thinking about the games you want to play thing about game you might get in the future as well.
So you know what games you will be laying when you get your new graphics card now the best thing to do is to find out what the recommended requirements for the games are make sure you look for the recommended requirements not the minimum requirements, you can check requirements here ><.

So now you need to chose the card you want, now when looking for graphics card you have to take into mind that the memory of the card does not reflect its performance for example you can have a FX 5200 512mb card but it isn't even half as good as a 6600 256mb card.            
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