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How to upgrade your PC Graphics Card

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Can your current graphics card handle today's PC games? This is a quick and easy guide to choosing and installing a new graphics card.
What you'll need: 
Graphics Card
Installation Disc
Screwdriver
1: 
First you need to chose your graphics card. It is best to know how much you're willing to spend, then to find the best offer available for the card most suited to your needs. Cards with good cooling, up to date technology and high RAM will handle the latest games. It is advised you do your research about your chosen card. Ask around forums for best choices. See if it is technically possible to install this card, whether your motherboard and power supply unit will be able to handle it.
2: 
Once you have the graphics card in your possession you need to first of all make sure you have turned off your PC and removed it from a socket. Make sure there is no running electricity connected to your PC.
3: 
Open up the PC and located your current graphics card on your motherboard. Remove it with a screwdriver by unscrewing the screws holding it unto the motherboard. Once this has been achieved, carefully remove your old graphics card from the graphics slot. (There is usually a clip here holding the card, so open that to one side) Leave your old graphics card in a safe place.
4: 
You will then need to unpack your new card and carefully place it into the graphics slot on the motherboard. Take extra care in not damaging the chips on the card. Once placed properly, screw the card into place with your screwdriver.
5: 
Close your computer and boot it up. Once booted up insert the installation disc and follow the on screen instructions. If this fails, manually add the hardware via the control panel in Windows. *If you have misplaced your disc then depending on whether the graphics card is manufactured by ATI or Nvidia, visit their sites and install the latest drivers for your card. You may want to either install the ATI Catalyst Control Center or the Nvidia Control Panel for maximum control over your new card*
6: 
Once everything is good to go, game away!
Conclusion: 
Upgrading is simple. Doing it yourself is not only cheaper and easier but it teaches you a whole lot about computers which is utterly satisfying. Have fun!
Tips: 
Do your research!
Take your time when fitting the card.
Warnings: 
Do not treat your new card like a toy, handle it with care.

Comments

Drivers

Some say you should uninstall the old GFX Card drivers before actually removing the card and putting the new one in.

reply@ drivers

There is no need for this. Just install drivers for the new card and all should be fine.

Furthermore, if your new card does not work for some reason, you can always re-attach the old one and the drivers will already be in place.

There is no harm in leaving old drivers installed on your computer.

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