by Charles Owen-Jackson

If you were playing PC video games back in the late 90s, you might remember the graphics card industry being a much more competitive one that it is now.  However, the rise of AMD and nVidia in the early 2000s saw the fall of companies like 3Dfx and various other manufacturers, leaving the two tech giants to dominate the market.  Unfortunately, however, these changes haven't made it much easier to choose a new graphics card, since both manufacturers offer an extensive range of products to suit all budgets.  Nonetheless, if you don't play games, you generally won't need any dedicated graphics card at all, in which case the integrated chips that ship with many new laptop and desktop computers will provide more than enough power.

As is the case with choosing between AMD and Intel when it comes to processors, there's rarely a clear winner across the board, since the best solution relies heavily on the individual requirements of the user.  Nonetheless, many veteran gamers have strong opinions either way, with some of them refusing to budge.  However, it's