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\015 Though I plan to expand to include video, at present I do only photos, no games, and other than wb browsing for info/up grades/etc, and watching DVD movies, I, with my noticibly limitted tecno, am hard pressed to comprehend the reason for/application of, a graphics card(as it applies to my computer usage). Could someone be so kind as to give me a crash/mini course in graphics card application (not which slot it fits into, even though I would like to know if you can use a PCI-Express 2.0 in a unit that came with a PCI-Xpress x 16) but rather A. which comp. parts it directly affects/which type programs it applies to (enhances).\015\012my unit came/w Nvedia 6100/onboard - upgraded to XFX Nvidia8600GTSXXX - x256....have only noticed two changes - fast forward in Cyberlink (selectivelly) jumps directly to whatever speed you clic, rather than staging up to it, and photos (selectively) download faster, from SD card. Kinda/sorta doesn't seem really cost effective upgrade, at this return rate..... Perplexed...insuffient tecno/ don't know where to look for info\015\012Please help..............................Thanks in advance RJS\015

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Video cards are definitely more for people who are into multimedia and video gaming.
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\015\012The main reason to upgrade your video card is to take the graphical work that the computer does away from your main processor so it can do other things. Video cards are made up of two things, a processor and memory. So say you are watching a movie on your computer, and you dont have a seperate video card processor or video memory on your motherboard. When you play that movie, all the multimedia information must be processed through your processor and the data must be stored in your memory (RAM). This takes away from other things that your computer could be doing for you while you watch your movie. So by having this extra video card, you are able to run your multimedia information (such as games, pictures, or anything else that you see on the screen) much faster while the computer can focus on other things like running your word processor or your web browsing.
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\015\012A more technical explination and history can be found here...
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\015\012http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_card
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\015\012I hope this helped.
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