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How much video RAM do I need?
The minimum amount of memory your video card should have in Windows XP is 64MB for best performance for a wide variety of tasks. Most newer cards have 128MB. For gaming, look for a card with at least 256MB for best performance. For the most demanding versions of Windows Vista, it's best to have at least 128MB of RAM on your graphics card.

If you edit video, you don't need a hefty graphics card. The higher powered cards are meant for 3D graphics, not video. Even the smallest currently available cards will work fine for video editing. In this this case, memory, hard drive space and processor speed are bigger factors.

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