Hey gaiz, so in my computer hardware class, we briefly went over graphics cards, and I honestly don't know how to choose a good one, from an alright one, from a bad one. I know you have ATI and Nvidia as the manufacturers. But how do I know what to look for? What are the standard numbers I should be trying to get? Like I know if I'm buying RAM, I want DDR3 and 4GB or more.
Basically can someone explain the standards of graphics cards, how to read the numbers (Like ATI Radeon HD 4250, Nvidia GeForce 460) And explain all this from a newb stand point on video cards?
I also need to know the following terms and what a good standard is for them:
Core Speed (I believe this is the GPU's clock speed right?)
Effective Memory Clock
And I'm sure there are more things to consider when buying a video card. I just want to know how to look for a good one that I can buy whenever I make my desktop. Thanks!