I need a new video card but the ones they sell nowadays are all too expensive.
March 15, 2010 7:05 PM Subscribe
I don't need 3D, vertex shaders, or built-in OpenGL. I won't be "gaming". I don't need a graphics card that needs its own special fan. My computer is based on the IBM x86 PC; it has white PCI slots and possibly a yellowish AGP slot.
posted by shipbreaker to technology (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I went into a Micro Center today and felt a little bad for not even knowing what a "PCI-Express" is. I remember when a video card cost about $20 and even let you use a 1024x768 monitor. Now all the monitors are 16x9 widescreens and I need a new video card. I see at least ten different kinds of "ATI Radeon" all made by different manufacturers I've never heard of (?!) and twelve different "nVidia" cards, and I am scared and confused and don't know who to trust.
If my screen resolution is now 1920x1080, do I really have to spend ~$80 on a video card? Do they even make video cards that go up to 1920x1080x16-bit that plug into my PCI slots? Why did they stop using the AGP slot? Can someone point me to a good video-card primer for someone who's been using 800x600 for the past eight years?