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I am looking at computers. One of the ones I am looking at has the following as standard for the video card:
1GB ATI Radeon HD 4650

For $20.00 more I can select:
1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 220

The next available choice is $80.00 more than the standard one. I don't want to pay that much. I am not a gamer and don't need a high end card.

I really don't know anything about video cards. How much difference is there in the Radeon and the NVIDIA cards I listed above? I am willing to pay the $20.00 if it is worth it, but I don't want to assume that just because it is more that it is better.
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Tom's Hardware: Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart
http://www.tomshardw...ard,2569-6.html
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Ok, it looks like the NVIDIA is rated very slightly better than the Radeon. Not sure how much difference that really means.

Thanks,

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If you're not a gamer or someone that uses thier pc for either video or photo editting then the graphics card really doesn't make much difference.

Out of the 2, the nVidia is the most recent.

For your basic everyday computing, the AMD card should be plenty.
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I am not a gamer and probably never will be, but I plan on having the compuer a long time and not sure what else I might end up using it for.

Probably a dump question but what is AMD?

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I am not a gamer and probably never will be, but I plan on having the compuer a long time and not sure what else I might end up using it for.

Probably a dump question but what is AMD?

Fay


AMD is processor manufacture like Intel and AMD owns ATI(or another way around). In my opinion, it's better to go for ATI Radeon 4650 because you're not a gamer. For everyday use and watching movies, ATI Radeon 4650 could deliver you excellent experience =)
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Thanks to all of you for your replies. I may just save the $20.00 and go with the the Radeon that is the default.
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I am looking at computers. One of the ones I am looking at has the following as standard for the video card:
1GB ATI Radeon HD 4650

For $20.00 more I can select:
1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 220

The next available choice is $80.00 more than the standard one. I don't want to pay that much. I am not a gamer and don't need a high end card.

I really don't know anything about video cards. How much difference is there in the Radeon and the NVIDIA cards I listed above? I am willing to pay the $20.00 if it is worth it, but I don't want to assume that just because it is more that it is better.

See the difference here is about the brands. Geforce will cost you more because it is more famous. Moreover you can buy any infamous brands like palit, evga it will cost you less. But the capabilities will be the same because the chipset manufacturer will be the same i.e. Nvidia.
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Ok, it looks like the NVIDIA is rated very slightly better than the Radeon. Not sure how much difference that really means.

Tom's Hardware: Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart
http://www.tomshardw...ard,2569-6.html

I don’t recommend upgrading your graphics card unless the replacement card is at least three tiers higher. Otherwise, the upgrade is somewhat parallel and you may not notice a worthwhile difference in performance.


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I'll just stick with the RADEON and put the $20.00 toward a parallel to USB cable I am going to need.

Thanks,
Fay
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You're welcome. :)
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