Are you feeling as though you’re not really getting the most out of your computer? Not everyone can afford a brand new model every few years, so upgrading becomes the best option. The thing is, when all you use your computer for is typing up your homework, checking Facebook and watching films on DVD or Netflix, how do you do it?
While some computer users are at home tinkering with the inner workings of their machine and upgrading the systems to the latest versions for maximum performance; others know the very basis and if you’re one of those people then this guide is for you.
In this article we’ll take a look at how you can improve your computer graphics without having to go out and spend hundreds on a new computer. We’ll take a look at the key components, where to find them and the upgrades available to enhance the look and feel of your computer.
What graphics card do I have, and what does it do?
From a gamer’s perspective, a graphics card is one of the most important components in your computer, providing the all-important output that you see on the screen. It receives information and translates this into an electronic signal resulting in the image that appears on the monitor- similarly to how your brain processes what you see.
There are two different types of graphics cards – discrete and integrated. A discrete graphics card is designed to be installed onto the existing motherboard as an additional component which is the option chosen by many gamers looking to make improvements.
If you spend the majority of the time spent on your computer playing games then a high quality graphics card can make the difference between a great all-round gaming experience, and an average one. The most up-to-date and sophisticated games, built with PCs and laptops in mind, will almost expect players to have the best possible graphics and anything below that can result in blurred or jittering graphics on the screen.
Integrated graphics cards differ in the sense that they are built into the motherboard itself and are found in the majority of desktop PCs and laptops where gaming isn’t necessarily a priority.
How do I choose a new graphics card?
If you’re a keen gamer looking for a new graphics card to take your gaming experience up a notch, then you have two questions to ask yourself initially. The first is how much money you are willing to spend, because – as with most additional or upgraded components – the more you spend the more you get.
For instance, you could splash the cash on an NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card if money is no object; or you could take advantage of some excellent graphics card sales and promotions including cards made by ASUS and AMD to find yourself something a bit less expensive – or you could buy used graphics cards from our online store.
The second question surrounds the capabilities of your computer and what else you may have to do to it in order to get the most from your new graphics card. There is no point spending hundreds of your hard-earned pounds on a new 3D graphics card, for example, if your computer isn’t built to cope with the demands.
It will only serve to slow down the machine and reduce its memory, meaning you’ve either wasted your money or you need to go and buy more components to accommodate it.
Have you got any top tips for choosing a new graphics card for your computer? Share them with us in the comment section below. Alternatively, you can shop online at BT Shop today and upgrade your existing computer graphics for the best possible performance and display, whatever your needs.