There is a certain stigma against integrated graphics and low-end video cards. Computer businesses will always try to win consumers over with the fastest computer hardware and the latest computer components. Consequently, many computer users are misled to believe that they need a high-end video card to do common tasks such as watching movies and performing slight photo touch-ups.
The truth is, today’s low-budget video cards are powerful enough to run your DVDs and movie files. They can also capably allow you to resize, recolor and revamp your digital photos.
The only reason to purchase a high-end video card is if you use intensive and resource-draining multimedia programs and applications. Web designers and graphic artists will need high-performance computer hardware and software to tweak their interactive designs.
A high-end graphics card is also a must if you want to play the latest PC games. Some games have minimum system requirements in order to run. Low-end graphics cards will not be able to load the latest games. Mainstream video cards may be able to do load these games but the player would suffer choppy frame rates, low response times and game lags. A more powerful video card can enhance gaming experience by enabling full display settings.
Some multimedia professionals, gamers and PC hobbyists will not even be satisfied with one video card. They would hook two to four video cards together — now made possible with new technology by Nvidia and ATI — and end up with an extremely powerful machine that displays highly detailed graphics and incredibly smooth, fluid animations. Of course, the average computer user has no need of these graphical effects.
So assess your computing needs before you buy the latest nVidia or ATI video cards. If you simply use your computer to do a little take home work from the office, a unit with mainstream computer components and integrated graphics can easily do the job for you.