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This is a guide made not only for newcomers to Overclock.net, but also for experienced overclockers looking for a quick and easy place to get all of their information. If you like the thread, please comment. Comments are what keep the thread relevant!

This guide is updated to keep up to date with all current information displayed and is a self-help thread meant for anyone looking for information about graphics cards. Every time the thread is updated, a new header is shown.

What is a "Graphics Card"?:

A graphics card, graphics adaptor, graphics processing unit (GPU), or video card, is, according to Dictionary.com:

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A circuit board fitted to a computer, especially an IBM PC, containing the necessary video memory and other electronics to provide a bitmap display. Adaptors vary in the resolution (number of pixels) and number of colours they can display, and in the refresh rate they support. These parameters are also limited by the monitor to which the adaptor is connected. A number of such display standards, e.g. SVGA, have become common and different software requires or supports different sets.

What does this mean? Well, it controls the graphics processing power of your computer. It is used to watch videos, play games, anything that displays a picture of some sort.

Buying a Graphics Card:

Which one should I get?

It depends on what you want to do. If you are going to be playing something as simple as solitaire or watching a few videos, a low tier (or integrated, which means it is built into the motherboard) graphics card would be for you. If you are a casual gamer, a medium tier graphics card. And if you are a hardcore gamer who plans on playing games like Crysis, a high tier graphics card. But, it all depends on your budget.

You should always do research before buying anything. Luckily, as this guide is focused on absolute simplicity, here's a link to a website that has done research and can tell you the best graphics cards for the money.



It's a funky link, but it always takes you to the MOST UPDATED GUIDE, no matter when you click on it!

Upgrading Your Graphics Card:

Want to replace your graphics card with a faster (or slower) one? Follow this fantastic guide by PCWorld! It gives simple yet comprehensive instructions on how to switch graphics cards with fifteen steps!:



Updating Your Graphics Card:

Looking for updates? You've come to the right place. I've placed two buttons, just click the one that applies to you and you'll be directed to the company-specific website for updating your drivers!





Speed of Your Graphics Card:

Click this image to be directed to the stickied thread on yours truly, Overclock.net. Find your graphics card, compare, and more!



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Want to see if you can run the games you want to play? Check out "Can You Run It?"!:



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Looking to speed up your graphics card? Try LifeHacker's modern guide on overclocking!:

 

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Only about half an hour later and already updates!:
  • Graphic Card Update Buttons Revamped and Slimmed
  • Better quality "Can You Run It" image
  • Sections clearly marked in red
  • Minor title changes
  • More Credits
More updates to come!

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wow nice dude, good work


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sweet! +1 rep

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i mean this

That's not asking for rep at all. I think you're confusing asking for people to say "Thanks" for adding rep.

I ask people to say thanks so it stays where more people can see it


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  • Changed font to Arial so the text is more readable.
  • Improved "Can You Run It?" Logo/Link
  • Other minor changes
 

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Pretty good, but does seem a little short.

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This is a self-help thread meant for anyone looking for information about graphics cards.
Maybe a link to what they should be looking for to match their particular setup is needed. Such as why they might need a 1gb DRAM card instead of 512MB, or maybe information laid out in graphs/spreadsheets of cards with information linked to their performance.(already there >.<) Telling them if they play solitaire they won't even need a 5770 or higher. And if someone wants good performance on Crysis they can get best bang for buck.

Yeah, sounds like a lot of work, but would definitely get more attention this way. Just suggestions for what the final work might look like though. Just trying to help, but this does look helpful for any newbies so far
 

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I've updated the thread as of 11/5/10!:
-Updated the "How to Overclock a Graphics Card" guide, now more informative and recent
-Minor clarification about how the thread is updated
-Updated the header along with an explanation
-Changed the credits
-Added a "What is a graphics card" section, thanks to shadman.
 
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