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I recently bought a computer for basic office use but have run into the want to play some games and other applications on it. While most of the specs of my computer are good enough to run most games, my video card could/should be upgraded. I have a few questions about video cards before I purchase one:

1) Do games and other hectic video processes limit the life of a video card?
2) How can I tell if my PC (Dell) will support video cards that I may choose?
3) Any recommendations of good video cards that will allow me to run newer games and applications?

Thank you very much for your time.

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The answers to your questions are,

1. No, games and large videos like dvd movies, etc do not wear out a video card.

2. You will hav to open up your computer and see what kind of video card you can put in the computer. Right now there are 3 basic kinds of cards PCI( slowest of the three), AGP, and PCI-E. I doubt that you have a PCI-E but you may have a AGP slot.

Heres a AGP slot,

http://www.slo-tech....01/agp_slot.jpg

About 1/4 down this page shows the different PCI-E slots and the difference between it and AGP.

http://www.gen-x-pc.com/pci_basic.htm

Heres regular PCI slots with a AGP slot at the top.

http://www.hwlux.de/...46-4636_IMG.JPG

Dell's usually don't have the AGP slots on the cheap models, plus PCI-E has only been out just over a year. So you might be stuck to getting a PCI video card. You will not be able to play a lot of the newer games as the PCI interface is too slow. AGP is 2(AGP) to 16(AGP 8x) times faster than PCI, and PCI-E 16 is twice as fast as AGP 8X.

3. To me the best PCI video card would be this one.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150040

And if you do have AGP, this one is the best.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130264

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Thank you very much... You have been very helpful...
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