Installing a graphics card: simply explained for beginners

Kay Nordenbrock

Kay Nordenbrock 15.10.2021 14.10.2021 0

Installing a new graphics card in the PC is not that hard at all. We show you in simple steps how this works.

Installing a graphics card: Simply explained for beginners

If the graphics card doesn’t provide enough FPS for your favorite games anymore, you need a new one. Since the card is responsible for the correct calculation of images, it is especially stressed in games and quickly becomes a bottleneck here. If you have found a suitable, better card, you only need to proceed step by step during assembly. The most important thing is that you ground and do not change the card during operation.

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Installing the graphics card: Here’s how

You don’t have to be a hardware professional to install a new graphics card in a PC case. With a few simple steps you can install the new card relatively fast and easy:

  • In the first step you shut down the PC and disconnect all cables from the case.
  • Now ground you, for example by briefly touching a heater.
  • Now put the PC on its side, where the mainboard is located and screw it on.
  • Now screw the panel at the back of the PC The PCIe-slot, in which the graphic card should be placed, is located behind the PCIe-slot. Here the connections look out later.
  • With modern graphics cards, this is a PCIe slot x16. That should be the longest PCIe slot in the case its. Usually it is also labeled, so you can’t miss it. The contacts should fit.
  • Now take the Graphics card and put it carefully into the slot. Make sure that you hit the PCIe slot and that the connectors on the back are in the right place. If the card fits properly, it should audibly snap into place.
  • Depending on the graphics card, you still have to connect it to the CPU Screw on the mainboard and/or fix it at the bezel on the backside.
  • Finally, connect the Connect the graphics card to the power supply at.
  • For most graphics cards, you need a 6-pin connector and an 8-pin connector, both of which should be on the power supply. However, there are also graphics cards that need only one plug or no power supply at all from the power supply unit.
  • So check beforehand in the manual or on the manufacturer’s website which connectors you need and also check which connectors with how many pins your power supply offers.

When all this is done, you can screw the PC back together, connect all the necessary cables and devices, and start it up. Then you’ll see if everything worked out right. Alternatively, you can start a test run first and then screw the case back in later. This will save you from possible double work. You should never screw around with a running PC though.

Install drivers: So that the graphics card runs efficiently

If everything has worked out, you still have to install the correct drivers afterwards. However, only if you have either installed a completely new graphics card in the PC or if you change from an AMD to an Nvidia card. If you change from Nvidia to Nvidia or from AMD to AMD, no new download is necessary.

Nvidia drivers can be found here, while AMD drivers can be found here. The installation wizard will guide you through the process.

The graphics card must fit into the case

The installation of the graphics card itself is relatively simple. Nevertheless, there are a few technical details to consider before you screw the new card into the case. Especially in smaller cases, space could become a problem. Therefore, you should find out beforehand how much space the graphics card will take up, and check accordingly if the new card will fit into the case you want to use.

Graphics card connectors

You should also make sure that your power supply has enough power. How much this should be exactly depends on your whole setup. As a rule of thumb, more powerful graphics cards also need a power supply with more watts. Make sure that the wattage of the power supply covers all your needs in the PC without any problems. You should be able to find out how many watts the graphics card requires in the store of your choice or on the manufacturer’s website.

Of course, you need a suitable free slot for the graphics card. So make sure that you have one of these for your card in the PC. For modern cards you usually need a PCI Express x16 slot. Which slots are on your mainboard, you can read in its manual. Otherwise you can also find out with the free tool CPU-Z.

Removing the graphics card in simple steps

If you already have a graphics card in your case, you have to remove it first. There are solutions to run two graphics cards with Nvidia’s SLI or AMD’s Crossfire in one PC, but this is not very efficient and comes with its own challenges. Therefore, it is recommended to use only one graphics card that meets your performance needs.

Installing a graphics card: simply explained for beginners

To remove the old card, proceed similarly to the installation, only the other way around:

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