There are a lot of misconceptions out there about graphics cards and the actual need for one. Gone are the days where you actually need a graphics card to output anything at all to a monitor. Thanks to the integrated graphics silicon on pretty much every modern day CPU that’s manufactured, the need for a dedicated card has been cut significantly. As long as you’re not playing games or rendering high quality videos, the dedicated graphics built into your CPU are more than enough to handle standard, everyday use.

 

But, believe it or not, the public sector is still in need.

 

Type ‘Graphics Card’ into Google. I’m willing to guess that most of those links on that first page are relating to PC gaming of some kind. So why, of all places, does the public sector need graphics cards? And what graphics card is best for you? Well, answer this question…

 

What am I using my computer for?

This is the be-all and end-all of it. If you’re planning on doing nothing but running Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or any other form of software than isn’t exactly strenuous on the graphics, then no, you’re probably not going to need a graphics card. Let’s face it, 90% of the computers that land in the public sector are going to fall into this category. From social care to primary schools, the pension office to refuse and waste collection, all these areas form a part of the public sector that need IT but don’t need graphics cards.

 

But if you’re a part of the kind of institution that needs to bust out and run some software such as the Adobe suite (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects etc.), 3DS Max, any form of AutoCad design, or a piece of software that’s graphically ‘heavy’ then yes, you’re going to need a graphics card.

 

The police force are notorious for taking cards in their machine builds. And of course, they are just one part of the public sector that absolutely needs them. With their machines running programs and intense software related to CCTV recording, forensic tagging and evidence processing, these are not areas where you’d want to skimp out on adding a decent graphics card into the build of the machine. Look at universities and colleges as well, another area of the public sector that needs graphics cards. Why? The sheer differentiation of subject matter that the students study, ranging from digital art and video editing, all the way down to forensic studies and absolutely anything involving CAD.

 

Well, I don’t do any real graphically strenuous work, but I need to run more than one screen!

So? I’m willing to bet that if your PC is moderately recent, the mainboard that’s built into your machine has at least two outputs and that the integrated graphics on your processor is capable of running more than one display at a time. I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve seen people buying a £20 – £25 graphics card in the belief that they need this to run two monitors at once, when actually, the solution is probably right in front of them. It’s just a matter of making sure your graphics drivers are up to date. Check out the link below to download these, depending on whether you’re using Intel or AMD processors.

 

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/graphics-drivers.html

http://support.amd.com/en-us/download

 

Okay, so I definitely need a card to into my PC build, but which one is right for me?

Now that is the question that this blog probably can’t answer, and neither can any other blog out there because we, the people on the other side of the internet don’t actually know what you’re up to. But, what this blog can do, is definitely point you in the right direction. Check out some of these sites for some of the most popular cards out there. There are even tools on some of these sites to help you pick the best card for the job.

 

http://pny.quadro-selector.com/en

https://www.asus.com/uk/graphics-cards/

http://www.geforce.co.uk/hardware/compare-buy-gpus

 

Remember, research is key when it comes to graphics cards. With the industry changing so fast, it’s hard to keep up with technology sometimes… Luckily, Stone’s custom-built system configurator is perfect for finding the right card for you. We can help identify your needs, take you through the myriad of options that are out there and help you find the right solution suited just for your situation.