How To Speed Up Games With One Upgrade

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I would like to know what I should buy to improve my graphics and speed while playing games, especially GTA5 with all it’s super high textures, shadows etc.

I’m not exactly looking to have a certain brand recommended to me, but rather WHAT items I need to buy to improve my system.
So, in short, what do I buy in order to speed up my FPS and improve graphics? Is it graphic cards? And can you have more than one graphic card at the same time?

Thanks! Kelly

Dear Kelly,

The short answer is that you do, indeed need a powerful graphics card.

However, you can’t just go out and buy one. You first need to know what will work in your computer

I’m assuming that you have a desktop computer (I am not aware of any way to add a graphics card to a laptop).

You need to do a little research. You need to find out if your motherboard supports additional graphics cards, and if the physical case has room for one or more. Motherboards come with different types of slots for cards, find out what yours has.

Then, with that information in hand, look for a graphics card with the most onboard RAM you can afford.

Elizabeth

 

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