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What is a graphics card?

Find out everything you need to know about graphics cards and how they can boost your computer’s performance.

Graphics cards are responsible for the image you see on screen. They help to make sure that your games look fantastic and elevate the level of realism. There are different spec levels available, so the higher the spec, the better your games will look. We’ll tell you everything you need to know to make sure you get an epic gaming experience.

What does a graphics card do?

A graphics card takes information from your computer’s processor and arranges it into an image. This is then sent to your computer’s screen to display. Better graphics cards ramp up the quality even more, making your favourite games look more realistic. You’ll also need a computer monitor that can handle those incredible graphics. So think of your monitor like a TV - the higher the resolution, the more detailed your games will look.

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What kind of graphics card do I need?

Your built-in graphics card is ideal for BBC iPlayer or Netflix and basic online games, but if you want to play the latest blockbusters, you’ll need a graphics card that really packs a punch. The GTX 1050 or 1060 will give your games a fantastic level of detail, while the GTX 1070 or 1080 will blow you away, whatever you play. It’s worth keeping in mind that you can only upgrade a desktop’s graphics card, which is something to consider if you want to future-proof your gaming experience.

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