How to Install a Video Card

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In this tutorial I will show you how to install a video card into a desktop computer. While video cards have evolved over the years installing them hasn’t change much at all. With the popularity of gaming increasing and more and more people use their computers to watch movies and TV the need for video cards is increasing. It’s not only gamers or movie watchers that benefit from video cards, everyday users can benefit from the extra speed that video card can provide. The only problem with deskop video cards is that they produce a lot of heat and as a result they can fail quite easily if not properly cooled. Since most people don’t know much about proper cooling or a the proper power supply people need to replace there video cards often. I’ll now show you how to perform this quick installation.


1. Open your desktop computer and find what slots you have for your video card. New computers all have a PCI Express slot while older computer have a PCI or AGP slot.

2. Once you’ve determined what type of slot your motherboard has then find the right video card for your computer.

3. Before inserting the card into the slot make sure to blow out your computer case to remove all the dust and particles.

4. Now align the video card with the slot, making sure the notch is in the right place, then insert it into the slot until you hear a click.

5. If you video card requires power directly from your power supply then connect it right now. Usually video cards use a 6-pin power connector.

6. Now close you computer case and connect your monitor cable (VGA or DVI) to the video card and turn on your computer.

7. Once your computer starts up your screen will look a little weird because the drivers need to be installed. So insert the CD or download the proper drivers and install all the software and drivers for you video card. Then restart your computer.

8. Now your computer is ready to experience to benefits of a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).


– Before purchasing your video card make sure that your power supply has enough watts and the proper power connectors to support your video card. Always go above the video card manufacturers recommendations for a power supply as it’s always good to have the extra room.

– Make sure your computer has proper cooling (ie. fans) to keep the video card cool. also make sure to blow out your video card often as the card fans usually get clogged with dust pretty fast.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. We hope the tutorial “How to Install a Video Card” has helped you with your computer repair issue.

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