How to choose a graphics card: 4 steps (with pictures)

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How to choose a graphics card: 4 steps (with pictures)
How to choose a graphics card: 4 steps (with pictures)

Each computer is made up of a number of individual components designed and manufactured to perform specific tasks. Some users are not satisfied with the video card installed in their computers. Therefore, you need to learn how to choose a video card that will meet your requirements.


Step 1. Decide on the requirements for the video card

  • Artists, architects and designers place higher demands on the graphics card because they use powerful graphics or 3D modeling programs. In this case, choose the top (most expensive) video card.
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    Choose a Graphics Card Step 1
  • Gamers (players in computer games) also have increased requirements for a video card (due to the high quality of graphics in modern games), so they choose top-end video cards.
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Choose a Graphics Card Step 2

Step 2. Determine the characteristics of your computer

  • Most laptops have an integrated (built-in) graphics card (soldered to the motherboard). Such cards cannot be replaced.
  • On your desktop computer, launch the diagnostic utility by clicking Start, typing DXDIAG in the search bar, and pressing Enter. Information about the video card installed on your computer will be displayed on the "Display" tab.
  • When choosing a video card, pay attention to the type of RAM (DDR2 or DDR3) and the power supply capacity. This information can be found on the Internet.
  • The Apple Macbook Pro comes with a relatively high-quality graphics card.
  • Apple desktops allow you to change or add a graphics card. Select a PCI or PCIe (PCI Express) card depending on your Mac Pro model.
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Step 3. Decide on a budget

Video cards can cost anywhere from $ 100 to $ 3000 (and more depending on brand, power and type)

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Choose a Graphics Card Step 4

Step 4. Choose video cards from different price categories; graphics cards must match the applications you are using

  • Keep in mind that computer components are updated several times a year. Therefore, relatively cheap cards quickly become obsolete, which makes it impossible to launch new games or programs.
  • On the other hand, buying a card that exceeds your requirements is a waste of money.


  • Before purchasing a new card, remove the old card from the computer case and take it with you to the store.
  • Ask the seller at the electronics store to recommend a video card for you. Select several graphics cards that meet your requirements and compare them (yourself or ask a specialist to do this).

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