You’ve probably heard of video cards — the internal hardware devices that enable your computer to produce higher quality images and graphics. What you don’t know, however, is that your computer may not even have a video card. Many computers, especially those that are a bit older, merely have an “onboard chipset” for displaying graphics.
Because video and images have to go through your computer’s inner working parts before it ever reaches a display, merely upgrading a monitor will not dramatically improve your image quality. So why would you want to consider upgrading to a better video card? There are plenty of reasons, and you might be surprised.
Many PC users upgrade their video cards in order to play games. 3D graphics, cutting-edge imagery, and lightning speeds are pretty important to gamers. If you don’t live 24/7 in your buddy’s basement, however, a video card upgrade could still bring you big time benefits.
One advantage of a higher performance video card is HD compatibility. It seems like everything these days is in HD — even radio! An upgraded video card will give you the option of viewing HD-quality images through your computer monitor. It will also allow you to fully utilize programs like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator — any program dealing with images will get some much-needed help.
Another benefit of a new video card is smoother video viewing. Because video cards carry their own memory, they can deal with video requirements regardless of what your computer may be doing. No more choppy YouTube videos or broken-up Office episodes on Hulu. A new video card with built-in memory prevents the annoying “jerking” that often accompanies video playback.
When you buy your computer, you often look at its speed (i.e. processor, memory, etc.). Without an appropriate video card, however, speed will suffer. A modern video card will not need to borrow memory space from your RAM supply, thus maximizing operation speeds and minimizing computer freezes or crashes.
Installing a new video card will drastically improve your computer’s performance. Computer Problem Specialists is available to walk you through the process. Call us at (928) 468-0000 to speak with a technician.
You may not be a video game champion, but you still deserve the best computer available for your needs. A video card may be the answer to your computer headaches.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.