Step by Step Guide to Install a Graphics Card in Your Desktop Computer

If you are an enthusiast video player and want to take your gaming experience to the next level, this is the time to upgrade your computer with a powerful Graphics Card.

Graphics card is meant to accelerate the performance of your PC and offer a lag free experience during playing any high-end game. Graphics card are available in several ranges and how powerful you will get, it completely depends on your need.

So first decide how much powerful you want and then go ahead to buy one. Anyways, installing the new graphics card is really important in order to enjoy the buttery like performance, and here in this article, we have discussed the step by step guide to install a graphics card in the PC.

#So, Let’s How to Attach Graphics Card to The Motherboard

Step 1: The first step is to check your computer power supply and the Motherboard if it is compatible with the graphics card you are planning to buy.

As a rule of thumb, the power supply of your computer should be double of the graphics card. For example, if the card is rated as 250 watts, the computer Power Supply Unit should be able to offer 500 watts. Also, check how many 6 pins and 8 pins PCI-E Power Connectors are available.

All these details can be checked at the standard identification stickers available at the back of the case. So, open the case first and check all the details before having a buying decision.

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Step 2: The next step is to uninstall the old Drivers if you were using any. If you do not uninstall the old driver, it might interrupt with the new graphics card and the performance will be affected. The driver can be uninstalled from the Device Manager > display adapters category.

Suggested Link: How To Uninstall Drivers From Windows Operating System?

Step 3: Now unplug the computer, detach the power cable and remove all the peripheral components. Once you have removed the case locate the PCI-E slot in the motherboard.

Remove all the screws from the retention bracket of the old card and take it out slowly. Sometimes there might be a plastic latch to lock the card at place. So, you need to unlock that latch as well for removing the old card.

Note: It always better to use an Air Pressure Can to clean up all the dust off from your computer.

In case, if you have any graphics card installed in your cabinet. Then it’s better to make a room for your new graphics card first. By saying room, I mean you can unscrew the metal cover of your cabinet’s PCI Card holder, which can help your card to get fit in.

Step 4: Graphics card is very delicate. So, make sure you don’t drop or bend them. In case you don’t know, there are a lot of sharp silver dots at the behind of every graphics card so, be careful too.

Now it is time to install the new graphics card. Place the new card in the required place and ensure it sits properly. Next, use the screws to secure the graphics card.

Step 5: If you installed the high-end graphics card in your system, then it’s 100% possible that you”ll need to provide it the electricity externally because of the PCI Slot’s low power Ampier limit;

And for that, you must need to connect an 8/6 Pin ATX Connector to your graphics card.

Most of the new SMPS/PSU have those external connectors, but if in case you don’t have any, you can also buy converters for that.

Step 6: Once done, close the case, connect all the cables and turn on the computer. If something goes wrong, turn off your computer and make sure you sat down the card correctly.

Step 7: Now connect your Monitor’s Video cable to your Graphics Card and start up your computer to test it. Normally your motherboard will recognize the newly installed card and shows you the startup display.

Sometimes it also possible that the Video Connectors of the graphics card and the monitor don’t get match. In that case, you can use the compatible converters to make it easier for you.

Step 8: The final step is to install the driver. The driver software is available on the manufacturer website. Head towards the manufacturer’s website and download the latest driver package for your operating system.

The drivers are normally large in size, so ensure you have a good connection for the entire process to work properly.

Suggested Link: What Is a Video Driver, And How To Install It?

That’s it and now you will notice an excellent boost in the performance when you are all set to play any high-end game.  So, GAME ON!!!

“And that’s all for now, thanks for sticking with the article, and you know it will always good to let me know about the tutorial, in the comments down below.” 🙂


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