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JashimChando



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PostSubject: How important is a graphics card for graphics?   Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:38 am

I keep hearing two things:

1.) Graphics cards are the most important thing in a PC for gaming and graphics.

2.) Graphics cards are not the most important thing; it's all how the developers make the game, and the graphics card is just how the graphics are processed.

Which of these statements is true?





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PostSubject: Re: How important is a graphics card for graphics?   Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:45 pm

hey man in answer to all your posts the the two most important things are the cpu and the gpu.if you are into gaming then you are gonna wanna splash out on both. the the graphics card will vastly improve your frame rate or how quickly you can render images in software like premiere or 3ds max.the cpu is the heart of your machine so the more you send on it the better.if you have the money a higher end intel core i7 would be your best bet,if you are on a budget then the amd phenom x4 is pretty sweet of an intel core i5.
another factor in this decision is what you want to use your hardware for.i dont know about the other guys on this forum, but as a vj i am using a macbook with an nvidia 9400 which more or less covers off everything i need.i do produce my own content in flash,after fx and other software,but i do this on my desktop which is fairly old so i'll be upgrading it fairly soon, so i have been through this line of questioning and basically the more you can afford to spend on any piece of hardware the better but if you want an all round machine dont scarifice money on one piece of hardware at the loss of another.
and if you are running a 32 bit system like xp you wont be able to run more than 4 gigs of ram so try get a high end windows 7 or a premium copy of vista.
pcspecialists.co.uk is a good site to build a decent machine for a reasonable price
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PostSubject: Re: How important is a graphics card for graphics?   Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:26 am

thanks mike, actually cleared up a few things for me too. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: How important is a graphics card for graphics?   Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:08 pm

no worries guys.it basically a case of how much you wanna spend, what you are using it for and how portable you it to be.you can never really get everything you want out of all of them so its more about finding the best compromise between all three.
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