My last computer was a Gateway, I know one of the
techs and you should get straight info from them,
although perhaps confined to what they offer. For an
unbiased review, tips and best prices for video cards,
start with C-Net. Run a seach (top right corner) within
CNET to find a current review of all videocards. The
Winmag site is another place to visit for reviews. Both
offer very insightful info, things you just wouldn't
think about on your own.
This is just one page
you should visit, but it's propbably out of date by
now. Do some exploring. CNet's a treasure trove-
Matrox is the name of a Canadian company that
makes excellent video cards. They are a bit
conservative and thus tend not to be "at the bleeding edge"
speed wise, but they make very high quality, fast
cards. Any search on the WEB should give you some sites
that carry their cards or go to www.matrox.com for
info and their online store ($100 to $200
Video cards are easy to change(just unplug old one and
plug in the new one). Cost effective? For pure
internet use, probably not. If you use MS Office programs
or similiar, it will speed things up if your
existing card is not a high end one. Also remember that if
you have and older system (ISA or PCI video) you will
not be able to use a fast Matrox Mellennium G400 (AGP
style video card).
If unsure ask Gateway to tell
you what type of video cards your system will
Hope this helps.
Anybody have an opinion on how much longer BTGC
will go without getting mentioned in all the recent
newstories on "Top X Biotech Companies"? What gives? We all
know BTGC's customary 25 % annual growth, one of the
few profitable biotechs and now taking a run. WHat
Thanks for the tip Linacman!
nothing about video cards and honestly don't keep up with
this stuff. I never play PC games or have any other
need for extended video capabilities. I can see how
out of date video display Hardware or drivers can
slow things down. Since I've already dumped $500.00 to
Gateway upgrading RAM & CPU, do you see it cost effective
and of significant benefit to me strictly in terms of
internet speed to upgrade my video card as well?
so can you tell me; more info on what a Matrox Video
card is, what it costs and where I might find the best
deal on one?(on-line purchase or walk in the store?)
ALso, is it something difficult for a novice to remove
the case and install?
Sorry, completely forgot about it, though I did
copy your address... BTW- mine is buried in my
I dunno who will get mail at
Maybe the dean at the Univ of California? :-)