a Video Card in a PC Guide

If your game playing is being held back because your computer isn’t updated enough, what should you do and what is even better is the ease in which one can be replaced?  Although, many peole fear that they donot know computer solutions and upgrades, but  there  are many simple and easy ways  which you can do at home. One of the easiest upgrades that can improve the visual quality of the graphics is the video card which preventing older PCs from playing newer games.


A video card translates the game information into a signal the monitor can display. In many home computers the video card is built into the main guts of the system but this doesn’t mean you have to use it. In other computers the video card is a separate card all together and can be replaced.


The first thing you need to determine is what type of graphics card you can put into your computer. The instruction manual that came with the PC can tell you or you can browse your manufactures website for your model and look at the technical specifications.


The first you have to do is power off your PC and disconnect all the cables. The next thing you have to have is a grounding strap that can be purchased cheap at any electronics store. These straps allow any extra static charge to harmlessly find a way out when clipped to the computers case rather than zapping whatever piece of equipment you’re handling.


Next you need a hard flat surface to work on. A table on any kind of floor except carpet works great for this. Carpet increases the risk of shocking your components with static electricity. First open the PC and look inside. There is a large board on one side called a motherboard. Lay the PC down so the motherboard is flat on the table. Most PCs will be laying on their right side. Put on the static strap and clip it to a piece of metal that makes up the computer case. Plastic won’t work and will put the computer at risk.


If the graphics card is built into the motherboard there will be a free slot to place your new video card and you can skip this paragraph. First thing you need do it locate how the graphics card is held in place. Some have a single screw into the case while others have pressure locks that open when you press on them. Before you remove the screw or pressure lock make sure all cables are removed from the graphics card. Remove the screw or pressure lock and locate the catch at the back of the card. It is on the bottom and is pushed either left or right to release the back of the card. While the catch is pushed out of the way, gently lift on the card and it should come right out.


Putting in a video card is significantly easier. Line up the socket with the video card and ensure it has the right spaces at the right places. Next put it in place and gently, but firmly, press it into the socket. You should hear the rear catch snap into place and the screw mount holes should be lined up. If you don’t have a screw mounting hole then the pressure lock should fit properly. Ensure all power cables are plugged back into the card if it requires them. Some cards need it while others do not.


Close the case and reattach the computer cables and power the PC on. If you had a video card built into the system you may need to access the BIOS and turn off the on-board video card. Most motherboards will recognize the new one and ignore the on-board one. Install the drivers that came with the card and you now have a new video card to play those new games.