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Part: XIII Upgrading Your Communications... > Upgrading Your Video Card and Monito...

Chapter 46. Upgrading Your Video Card and Monitor

Most users make do with whatever video card came with the PC when it was purchased. There's actually nothing wrong with this video card philosophy. Chances are the video card installed in your PC by the manufacturer is more than adequate for 98% of the applications you run. So, why should anyone want to upgrade their video card? The answer is the same for any decision to upgrade a component in your PC—to get better performance!

Better performance in a video card can mean several things—higher video resolution, faster screen refreshes, better graphics, or more colors on your screen. For most users, the need for better performance in a video card is usually driven by a specific application: a high-end graphics art program, a CADD or engineering design program, or even a game using enhanced 3D graphics.


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