Everyone wants the best possible performance from their PCs at the lowest price possible especially when it comes to gaming. While it’s not uncommon for people to install or replace graphic cards into their PCs, the art of “doing it yourself” is unheard of in the general majority.
Most people hire technicians and have to leave their beloved PCs at the mercy of the technician. Not only is it frustrating but can introduce additional costs such as laborof the technician on top of the cost of the GraphicsCard. Other than that, it also it also devoids enthusiasts from having a special bond with their machine where they want to know its functions inside out. That’s where this article will come into play and give a guide to install a graphic card to your PC yourself.
The first step is to check for compatibility of the Graphics Card with your Motherboard. If the Motherboard has a PCIex16 slot, then you’re good to go. But if it’s a PCIex8 slot, you may want to have a look into your Motherboard’s guidebook. Next comes the power supply. If you want to install an entry level Graphics Card, then chances are the stock PSU will do the job just fine.
Check the GPU manual to confirm just in case. But if you’re installing a higher end model, you might want to get a PSU with higher Wattage for the GPU to work properly and enable overclocking. Another thing to keep in mind is having ample space inside the case for the new GPU. For example, if you’re going for a 2 GPU setup, make sure there’s space for 3 GPUs in the case for cooling purposes.
Next comes the part where you actually install the Graphics Card. Find the PCIe slot on your Motherboard, unlock the slot and then just slide in your new GPU inside. Hold it in place with constant pressure until you hear the clicks of the locks securing the connector in place automatically. Once connected, gently hold the GPU in place and screw it in place. Some require 3 screws while most just need 2. When all of this is done, connect the power cables and turn on your PC.
Lastly, you’ll need to install specific drivers for your GPU. Make sure your display is not connected to the GPU yet, it should be connected to the motherboard. Uninstall your previous Graphics drivers wither manually or with the help of softwares like Display Driver uninstaller (DDU). Then head to the official websites of the manufacturers of your GPU and search for the drivers of the specific model that you just installed. Make sure to download the latest and most stable build and install it via the installation wizard in the .exe file. Once installed, shut down the PC and connect the display to the GPU and enjoy the performance of a new Graphics Card!