How To Install A Graphics Card In A Computer
Need to know how to install a graphics card in a computer? If you are a gamer, then you might already be familiar with graphics cards. Computer games require powerful computers. To upgrade your card, you will need to have a good understanding of your computer. You will need to know what type of graphics card to buy that will work with your computer. This guide assumes you already have the new graphics card and are ready to replace an existing one, or to use instead of a video card built in to a motherboard.
To install a graphics card in a computer, you will need:
- New graphics card
- Begin by uninstalling any software and drivers for the graphics card that is currently in the computer. To do this, click the "Start" button and open the control panel. Open the list of currently installed programs and find any programs that are for the graphics card. It is helpful to know the graphics card brand because you should see it included in the name of the program.
- After uninstalling software used by the old card, continue by shutting down the computer. Remove the power and video cables from the back of the computer
Remove the cover from the side of the computer. There should be a tab or screws on the back side of the computer, depending on the computer model.
- Remove the old card by removing the screw which holds it in place. This should be near the back of the computer.
- Insert the new graphics card into the computer. The slot you use depends on the type of card you have, so make sure to use the correct one. Make sure the card is fully connected by carefully pushing it in. Replace the screw to hold it in.
Replace the computer cover. Reinsert the power and video cables and turn on the computer. Make sure to put the video cable into the new graphics card.
- After turning on the computer, download the newest software and drivers for the new graphics card from the manufacturer's web site.