How To Select Or Choose A Graphic Card
I got lots of E-mails every day about people asking me to know, how to find a good graphic card for their computer? Or how to know does that card what they selected will be able to meet the latest game requirements or not, Or how to buy a laptop or computer for gaming?
And it’s hard to reply the same answer to all of those questions. So, I’ve decided to write an article about it and help you to understand this whole graphics card finding thing by suggesting some simple and helpful tips and tricks.
If you don’t know, now days normally every computer comes with some dedicated amount of graphic built in it to perform better and gives user a grateful display quality experience for their normal use and the Full HD videos playback also.
I know if you are a gamer that dedicated amount of graphic is just a “BABY” for you and It’s all because of that built-in graphic is not really compatible to play High-End Graphical games on the computer and its only limit to play some blue rays or full HD videos on it.
So, the thing is you’ll have to buy a powerful graphic card which does better than your motherboard’s graphics to fulfill all that necessary amount of Graphic Clock Speed for you to play a game or use a graphical software to work nicely.
Understanding graphic cards difference is important:
Now days selecting the graphic card is a very hardest task to do in the market because it’s practically impossible to know which one is better for you to purchase.
There are lots of things you’ll need to check before buying any video card and in this tutorial, I’m gonna talk about all those things what is good or bad for you when you’re selecting a graphic card in our budget.
#What’s The Difference Between In All Those Cards?
I know for sure you do wondering about what’s really are the difference and why some are cheap and other are expensive.
The answer is, when you do some research on graphic card you’ll gonna find some cards having different model No.’s with different price ranges and every video card’s model no. describes its own GPU chip name and performance.
Every graphic card model having their own different specifications like graphical processing speed, VRAM etc. and that’s the specification what we need to look for when we’re buying a graphic card for our own.
Powerful GPU = Powerful Performance
So, now the question is how to calculate the GPU power?
There are three different things what you can use to compare every available graphic card in the market to find which one is powerful or not and those three things are:
- GPU– GPU is the main process of your graphic card and this small chip is only responsible for all of your gaming experience and its performance is fully depending upon how’s powerful is your “GPU clock speed” is. GPU speed is calculated in MHz and the universal truth about its speed is, the more amount of number you have the most powerful performance you’ll experience.
People gets confuse when they found 100 $ and some another 300$ card having the same amount of GPU clock speed in their specification and having a question in their mind “who is better?”, let’s clear this in the second topic “real-time performance” below.
- Real-time Performance – If two card having the same amount of clock speed in their hardware doesn’t mean they perform same because that “MHz” only clarifies your GPU’s chip speed, not the performance.
Performance fully depends on GPU’s chip model no. and it’s be like, new 400$ 1000 MHz Graphic card is always better than the old 100$ 1000 MHz Graphic card as you can see below.
Note: Higher No. Is Better When Comparing
- Memory– Graphic memory or I say VRAM works just like you computer’s ram but the difference is this ram is only used for storing graphical process. Buying a graphic card just because of its heavy amount of memory is the worst mistake you can do and people do thinks 4GB card is better that 2GB and that’s 100% WRONG because this ram can only use for storing graphical process and the thing is this, ram’s storage won’t be useful until your GPU is enough powerful to work with it and having a graphic card with high ram and low power GPU’s be like you have a bigger garage without having necessary tools in it.
Deciding the right amount of ram is depending upon on your system use and its be like your computer needs more video ram to play a high-end graphical game on high resolution. So, here’s some suggesting below for understanding this:
- 1 GB graphic card is good for normal gaming on low resolution and also enough for designing software use.
- 2 GB graphic card is good for normal gaming on FULL HD resolution and also works great for heavy designing and architecture software use.
- 4 GB graphic card is good for ultimate gaming on a 4K resolution.
Besides that the other main thing about the graphic card’s ram is ‘bandwidth, just remember one thing that the better bandwidth you have the better performance you got and it just like DDR5 memory provides twice the bandwidth of DDR3 at the same GPU clock rate.
#So, How To Choose Perfect One?
After reading the above content you’ve do know about what’s really the difference between in all those cards available in the market. I use some tricks for finding a perfect graphic card for me or for others who asked me for the suggestion.
Here are the tricks:
- Budget trick
- Game or software spec trick
Read both of them for better understanding:
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#1 – The Budget Trick
Buying a graphic card is all about on our budget ‘cos it’s all depending upon how much can you can pay for it because lots of cards are available these days with some pretty good price tag on it and you’ll definitely get confused which one to buy when it comes to selecting, so the trick is filter the cards available under your budget and do some deep research on it to make a good selection for yourself.
I Mean if you have a budget of 200$, then you’ll need to search the graphic card on the eBay or Amazon whatever you’ve like and set the price range between 150$ to 220$ in the price range selection column and after that you will get the result of all graphic cards which are available in the market under your budget.
Now make of list of top best 5 graphic cards which you’ve find in your budget and after that compare every card with each other until you’ve find the perfect one for you.
The main part of buying a graphic card is research, research, and research. Yes, you’ll need to take a deep research on your entire picked-up cards and it’s be like, read reviews about those cards, checking the benchmark, compare those card side by side etc.
Here is a good website where you can read reviews and compare you card side by side easily:
#2 – The Game Or Software Spec Trick
This is the second best trick what is use and in this trick will gonna decide a graphic card by checking the game or software’s specification (system requirement).
The first thing you’ll need to do is selecting a game or software what you wanted to play or use on your computer and then we’ll gonna compare the graphics cards specifications with that game’s or software’s requirement to know which card works great for working or maybe playing games.
So, now it’s time to select the game/software and for example, I’m selecting a game named “Far Cry 4”:
After selecting a game you’ll need to find its hardware or system requirements and you can easily find that game’s requirements on that game website and it will gonna look like this given image below.
After seeing the game requirements now you’ve know what minimum and maximum graphic specification you do need for your computer and there are three main things you’ll have to compare between the cards when you’ve selected it and those are Clock Speed, performance, and Memory which I’m listed above in the “Finding Difference” topic.
#Things You Should Know Before Buying Anything
Here is something that I want you to know before you’ll buy anything for your computer:
Your Screen Resolution.
If you have a very small resolution monitor which only supports 1280×720 resolution, that means your monitor doesn’t support the high-end graphic card to run in a right way because of the resolution difference and it just feels like to fit a bike engine into a bicycle.
So, don’t waste your money on a heavy graphic card if you having a low-resolution monitor for your computer.
2.1 Motherboard Compatibility – If you running an old PC with a dual-core, Pentium or Celeron processor in it, then don’t waste your money on a high-end graphic card because your system doesn’t support those cards.
Just buy an under 50 to 90 $ card and that will fit’s your computer to perform quite better:
Every graphic card series does support a particular slot to fits into the motherboard so; check your motherboards compatibility before selecting any card.
Here’s we have another great tutorial about checking “Graphic Card Motherboard Compatibility” listed below.
2.2 PSU Compatibility – Check the specification of your card to know how much power supply does your card needs and check your computers PSU too for how much it can handle.
Most of the card needed an external power connection to run and normally we don’t have that external connector in our computer’s PSU. So, check your PSU Compatibility before buying anything.
You can upgrade your PSU/SMPS if it’s needed:
Here’s link where you can find out how much power does your computer require >>>> http://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator
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