Q: I have a new studio computer that’s been great, but a friend who’s really into computers tells me I should get a better video card because the one I have is a “bottle neck.” I only use the computer for my DAW. Do I need an upgrade?
A: A powerful video card is wonderful (if not essential) for high-quality playback of video, 3-d rendering, and other graphics-intensive tasks. However, audio/music software is generally not graphics intensive. We’ve found that the stock video cards in virtually all computers are fine for studio use. Our advice (assuming you feel the need to do anything at all to the the computer) is to upgrade other items that will increase performance more noticieably, such as the amount of RAM installed in the machine.