I got a surprise when I turned my computer on in the morning this past Friday. My graphics card was dead. I should have picked up on the clues, such as the dead or funky pixels on the monitor (I had thought they where due to the monitor). Although my computer is 4.5 years old it still is excellent for my purposes. I do not game so the performance requirements of my PC are simply that the computer runs well and fast. So I bought a new graphics card and 2 gigs of ram (something I have been meaning to do for a while and this seemed the opportune time). My old card was a NVIDIA GeForce 7900, it has 256 Megabytes of memory and was OK for most things except CAD. Since CAD is something I do often I decided to get a better card specifically a EVGA GeForce 9500 GT, which has a gig of memory. It is only two years newer than my old card but still it is more than sufficient for my needs.