So i'm looking to build my own gaming PC and i'd like to know a little more before I actually begin shopping. So my question I had in mind was what is the most important factor for a video card? If I know this I can have an easy time shopping and picking a good video card!
putting down more money for a video card guarantees you a better one, as with most other things. Better chips cost more money, more video memory costs more money, etc...
what i would watch out for in a video card would be the amount of power it requires, because some of the higher end cards require external power that you may or may not have
processors and gpu go hand in hand if a gpu is way to high the processor will bottlneck and you wont get full performance of the card
Fab Process28 nm28 nm
BusPCIe 3.0 x16
Texture Mapping Units
Render Output Units
Power (Max TDP)
these are all important factors of a video card the higher the numbers the better exept power we want that low
examples of good cards
7790 the best medium based card
best high to max card for budget
tx 650w corsair will run either of these cards
both are decent power for performance cards
What to look for in a graphics card
A gigabyte of memory is now standard for most of today's video cards. Anything less can lead to slower performance when high resolutions and detailed textures are in use.
Don't always believe that more memory guarantees higher performance; some 2GB cards are slower than 1.5GB cards.
Generally, the faster the card, the hotter it will run. This requires additional cooling, which can lead to excessive fan noise.
If you have a low-end CPU, go for an entry-level video card. The opposite is also true, with a performance CPU demanding a performance video card.
ATI vs NVIDIA
The differences between ATI and NVIDIA tend to a be a matter of personal brand allegiance, though many believe NVIDIA has a slight performance edge while ATI cards are more energy-efficient, leading to quieter, cool systems.
Most of today's video cards require a power supply directly from your PSU, usually in the form of one or two 4-pin connections. Thankfully 4-pin molex to 6-pin adaptors are available for just a few dollars.
All of the video cards we've looked at use a PCI Express slot - if your ageing PC is still using an AGP slot, it's time to upgrade!