How To Install The New Graphics Card

How to install the new graphics card: Thankfully, you’ll only need one tool for this job: a small Phillips head screwdriver.

  1. Completely turn off your computer by clicking the Start button, then “Power,” and “Shut Down.”
  2. Remove the computer’s side panel (it might be a tool-less case, or you may need to unscrew the panel).
  3. Find the graphics card. If you haven’t already, disconnect the video cable that runs to the monitor. Then unscrew the backplate holding the graphics card down.
  4. The graphics card is held down by a clip at the end of the PCI Express card slot. Unlock the clip.
  5. Gently rocking the card, remove the graphics card from the slot.
  6. Take the new graphics card and, positioning it over the PCI Express slot you removed the old graphics card from, slide it into the slot. Again, you may need to gently rock it back and forth until it’s fully seated in the slot and you hear the clip lock the card in place.
  7. Screw the backplate down.
  8. Connect the one or two PCI Express power connectors to the card.
  9. Reattach the side panel and reconnect any cables you had disconnected, including the cable to the monitor.
  10. Turn the computer back on. Even though you haven’t yet installed the graphics driver, your monitor should still display Windows, though it’ll probably be at a lower resolution than usual. If nothing appears on the screen at all, shut down the PC and double-check all your connections — the monitor cable, power connections to the graphics cards, and ensure the card is fully seated in the slot.
  11. After the computer starts normally, install the appropriate drivers. If you have an AMD-based graphics card, visit the AMD website’s driver install page. For Nvidia cards, install the appropriate drivers from the Nvidia driver downloads page. 
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