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Hey is it worth the extra money to upgrade the video card from 128Mb to the 256 Mb video card, will I notice much of a difference in things like watching dvd's/movies, digital photography/editing. I read something about having 2 monitors how does this work and will I be able to do it with only the 128Mb video card and do i need any additional software or cables to do it?
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what kind of computer?
yes it does make a difference in photography/editing, but wont' make much of a difference in watching dvds..
it also helps with the dual monitor situation.

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well its going to be on an Intel 20" iMAC with 1 Gb of RAM
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When you're using dual monitors, your video card splits the video RAM between the two monitors. It'll help your graphics performance significantly in this department. You'll get a much higher framerate when working with video and such (people really make a big deal out of it when ripping DVDs with Handbrake). Where it makes the most difference, though, is newer games.

P.S., MAC is not an acronym, and should not be all caps. iMac will do just fine.

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lol thanks, well i decided to go with the 256 Mb video card because it wasn't very expensive to upgrade it and i figured i mideswell since we are planning on having this computer for while
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P.S., MAC is not an acronym, and should not be all caps. iMac will do just fine.
Actually MAC is an acronym. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAC_address for a little detail.

What you actually meant to say is the iMac only has one capital letter. That being the M.
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The term Mac is short for Macintosh. You are Correct, MAC does mean something else.


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