My old PC had built in graphics and I thought they were sufficient for my needs since I didn't play many games. Now that I play the odd game or two I found that in certain circumstances the graphics would jump and they were not as clear as perhaps they should have been. Fortunately or Unfortunately depending on your point of view my PC had a terminal disease whereby both the motherboard and my hard drive ended up frazzled.
A new PC was required so I browsed around and eventually found one which suited my needs, it came with an Nvidia Geforce 7300 graphics card which at the time really didn't mean that much to except that I was now able to play better games.
The Nvidia 7300 card is a PCI card which means that it simply plugs into any spare PCI socket you have on your PC. This is not nearly as complicated as you may imagine. Remove the case and the usual metal protector which is probably currently covering the access point to the PCI slot. Carefully plug in the Nvidia graphics card and secure using either the locking mechanism supplied or the screw supplied. Replace the casing and there you have it.
Now instead of now plugging your monitor into the normal slot you plug it into the appropriate slot on the Nvidia card the connections of which are now available on the rear of your PC. You will now also have additional connections for a more complete sound system than you perhaps had previously, unless you already have a flashier PC. Surround sound can now be added by connecting the speakers and sub woofer to the coloured connections on the Nvidia card.
Once you reboot your computer you will probably have to run a wizard to set up the new card, PC's running XP and beyond will find this in most cases will happen automatically, as the system recognises the new device. This all done and dusted you are ready to sit back and see the immense difference in graphics quality and speed.
The card has 512Mb of onboard memory which will be an added bonus and prevent the computer using up all it's memory to run intensive games applications. Most of you will find this sufficient for most gaming purposes, if not then more PC memory is your answer, but as I said this will suffice most users. You will notice when you right click the mouse on your desktop that new options are available. Selecting the Nvidia option will open NVIDIA's options screen and allow you to set up your monitor to the way you prefer it. Each user can do this and each users preferences will be stored so that they do not have to repeat this preference screen again. Here you can change the contrast, brightness and colour levels to your chosen specifications, and save them. You can obviously go in at any time and change them again if you so desire.
Now that all the boring bits are totally done you can enjoy the vast difference. Once I'd set mine up the first thing I really noticed was how sharp my screen was at the higher resolutions. Every character looked so much clearer, and the colour were far more vivid and sharper than they were with my old built in card. The true test was going to be the gaming so I thought playing an old game which I had previously thought ok would be a fine test.
The results were amazing the screen took no time to load compared to previous loadings, and once again the graphics were sharper and clearer. It was the detail however that was the biggest surprise. It was just astounding the eyes on characters were now actually visible as opposed to the kind of eye symbol I was getting before. All the peripheral graphics which had been blurred before had become sharper and more visible, in fact the whole experience was nothing like the game I'd been playing before, it was like a completely new game.
All in all I'm very impressed with what is now an old graphics card, I shall most definitely be upgrading to the latest NVIDIA card when finance's permit, but as for now I'm a really happy bunny and very pleased with the current upgrade, I just didn't know what I was missing.
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