Getting a good graphics card

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Alidar Jarok, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Alidar Jarok

    Alidar Jarok Everything in moderation but moderation Moderator

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    After what feels like its planned obsolescence date of three and a half years, my laptop has stopped working and a computer repair guy has tentatively diagnosed the problem as being the graphics card (specifically that the card has a tendency to overheat). Given that it's cheaper to get a new laptop than replace the graphics card, I'm in the market for a new laptop.

    The problem is I never really understand graphics cards. I'm not looking for a top of the line system and I certainly can't afford that, but there are some games i like to play. Generally I try to pick a game I would like it to be able to play and figure out a card that's at least that good. I figured Rome 2 Total War would be a good example this time. ( Recommended Specs).

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a good graphics card? Particularly one that doesn't have heat problems?
     
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  2. sojourner

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    Re: Getting a good grsphics card

    Are you buying a laptop? That would sort of limit you to what graphics cards the laptop manufacturer is using.
     
  3. Alidar Jarok

    Alidar Jarok Everything in moderation but moderation Moderator

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    Re: Getting a good grsphics card

    Yeah, that's true. I guess what I'm asking for is what I should be looking for when I go laptop hunting and what's a good card and what's not.

    Btw, can a mod fix the typo in the title? Clearly I'm not used to typing with my phone.
     
  4. Venardhi

    Venardhi Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Re: Getting a good grsphics card

    Gaming on a laptop is always going to be comparably limited. Your best bet is to look at this chart: and try to get something as high on it as possible.

    What is great though, is the integrated graphics are actually pretty decent these days. You can even play a lot of games from a year or two ago on an x86 tablet with integrated graphics. Still, check out the chart if you can afford to do better than intel 4500 graphics.