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July 31, 2010 3:55:53 PM

what are the steps to follow before buying an graphics card

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July 31, 2010 4:09:38 PM

Before buying a graphics card? Find out your budget, what slot you have, and if your PSU is powerful enough to support a strong card.

Before installing it? Uninstall old drivers, use a driver sweeper on it in safe mode, turn of computer, swap cards, install new drivers.
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July 31, 2010 4:11:55 PM

You'll need to first find out if your current motherboard will be able to support your graphics card - is it equipped with AGP? or PCI-E?

Next, you'll need to see if your power supply will be able to provide enough juice for your card - 500W is good enough for most cards, for high end cards or overclocking you should get something 600W+.

Then there is the issue of the graphics card fitting your case. If you're looking at the HD5870s and HD5850s, those are big cards that probably won't fit in a small tower or mATX sized motherboard.

Of course, if you're looking for a fully optimized system, there are additional factors to consider, but I won't burden you with them anymore.

Hope that helps! :D 
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July 31, 2010 6:23:00 PM

Here's a great link to look at:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/290969-33-advice-choo...

That shows you how to go about asking about how to select the right GPU. If you provide the right information, folks can point you in the right direction so you can make the right choice.
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