Here’s How to Install a Graphics Card

By Graphics Card Solutions | Graphics Card Advice

Dec 04
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Got your new graphics card? Great. Now let’s get it into your PC. Here’s the complete guide on how to install a graphics card. Check it out here.

You’ve finally done it.

You purchased a brand spanking new graphics card. You’re ready to get it installed.

There’s just one problem. You have no idea how to install a graphics card.

Don’t worry. It’s easier than you think.

We’re sharing everything you need to know to install a graphics card on your own.

Let’s get going, so you can get gaming!

How To Install A Graphics Card

The first thing you have to do is find out which type of graphics card your computer can handle. You don’t want the hassle of having to return the graphics card because it wasn’t compatible with your system.

You have to ensure that your power supply is enough to power your graphics card. You also need to  make sure that you have enough PCI-E power connectors.

The main thing you need to check is how much power you will need in order to run the graphics card. The rule of thumb here is to make sure your power supply is rated twice the amount of power consumption of your graphics card.

If your power supply can crank out 800 watts, you should get a graphics card that has a power consumption of 400 watts.

You can find out how much power your machine can handle by finding the standard identification sticker. This sticker will have this information. It will also tell you how many 6-pin and 8-pin PCI-E connectors are available.

The Installation

After finding out which graphics card to purchase, you will be ready to install it. (Well, you have to buy it first, but you know what I mean.)

If the case on your computer has a metal guard on the back of it, take it off by removing the screw that holds it into place. Make sure you don’t lose the screw. You will probably need it again later. Most video cards are thick enough to require two slots.

Line up the contacts with the slot on your motherboard.  Make sure that the card’s notch fits over the gap in the slots. Then, push down on the top of the card. Make sure it fits securely into your motherboard.

In many cases, you might need extra power from the motherboard in order to help the graphics card operate the right way. If so, you might see a 6 or 8 pin connection on the side of your graphics card. They will be facing away from the motherboard once it’s installed. Use a cable from the power supply that matches the correct size and plug it in.

Wrapping up

Everything go smoothly? Congratulations. You now know how to install a graphics card.

But you’re not done yet. There’s one more step. You need to install the drivers.

After booting up your computer, go to the manufacturer’s website. Most companies will have a way to automatically recognize your card and operating system. If this is the case, they will automatically locate the right driver.

Once the drivers are installed, restart your computer. Then, call your friends, order a pizza, and get your game on!

Here’s an informative video by LinusTechTips

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