How to install a Video Card

PCI-Express Video Card

A video card with a higher memory than your built in video adapter will improve your computer’s performance in terms of display. An external video card is a good choice when you are using graphic intensive games and applications such as video editors, CAD, etc. High definition movies also play smoothly on external video cards because of their high memory and HD capability.

Before you buy your video card, make sure to check your computer’s VGA slot whether a PCI-Express slot or still an AGP slot. AGP video cards are older and have lower speed compared to PCI-Express video card

In this tutorial, we are going to install a PCI-Express video card that does not need external power, a video card with external power is more expensive and is designed for gaming. It also require power supply with PCI-Express connectors.

How to install a video card

  1. Make sure to unplug the computer.
  2. Open the computer’s cover.
  3. Position the computer in a way that you have a clear view of the motherboard’s  memory slot.
  4. Before you touch the hardware, make sure to have your forearm or a part of your body make contact with the system cabinet or the case.
  5. Remove the back plate panel for the video card

  6. Insert the video card slowly, once it fits to the slot, push the video card until the contact reach the bottom.

  7. Secure the video card with a screw.
  8. Replace the system unit cover.
  9. Start the computer and install the video card driver, just insert the CD and follow the on screen instruction.

Thank you for using this tutorial. Do leave a comment if you have questions.

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rcayao October 24, 2010 at 1:08 am

thanks for sharing this. Great tutorial.

igoydude October 24, 2010 at 1:21 am

i’m glad you liked it. thanks for dropping by rcayao

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