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Jack
1st March 2005, 10:11 AM
Is having a good graphics card only important if you play video games? When else might having a decent one be useful?

Sorry if this is a dumb question but I'm pretty ignorant about things like this.

Flocito
1st March 2005, 11:27 AM
Having a good graphics card is necessary if you do anything that's graphic intensive. That can include games, but it also can include using programs like Photoshop, 3D animation tools, and CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) programs.

Crayon Violent
1st March 2005, 12:04 PM
example: i don't play very many games on my computer, but i do have several projects that i work on. at any given time, here are the programs I have running that help me work on my projects more efficiently: Dev c++ IDE, netbeans IDE, photoshop, illustrator, flash mx, acehtml (which i use for php/html), and usually 2 or 3 browsers open, for reference and for viewing my project. mostly photoshop, illustrator and flash are the graphics intensive ones, but they all use it on some level.

if you don't plan on playing graphics intense games, and you aren't planning on taking up graphics type projects, then don't worry about getting a good graphics card. if you have some money to play with, you should get some ram instead.

Perad
1st March 2005, 12:19 PM
A 64MB one can do almost everything for the average non gamer user. These are cheap, if you don't use any animation programs or things which put stress on your graphics cards like programs which use multiple layers of visuals then i don't see why you would need anything flash.

Sp0iL3r
1st March 2005, 11:12 PM
I good gfx card will come in handy when using c4d, photoshop etc etc.