How to Install a Video Card on a Computer
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Hello everyone! Today I will show you how to install a card on a computer. They bought a computer a couple of years ago, and during this time many new games appeared that require literally impossible from your PC. And your “old man” is not able to keep up with progress. In this case, installing a gaming card will help.
It is important in this case to consider the compatibility of the card in terms of power and power supply. For example, a card is only compatible with a 500W power supply, and you have a 500W-550W. This means that this version of the gaming card is suitable. I think that with the compatibility of the card and the power supply everything is clear. Now let’s proceed directly to the features of installing a card on a PC. You can read another article about which graphics card is on your computer. To install the card we will need:
- Graphics card
- Straight arms
How to install a card on a computer?
Before you install the card on a computer, pay attention to which power connector is present on the card. If it is 6-pin (6pin), then to connect the card to the computer, you will need a power adapter. It will need to be connected to the card and power supply.
If there is no such connector on the card, then the connection of additional power to the power supply unit is no longer needed. In this case, just insert the card into the PCI Express 16x slot. Then attach the card to the system unit using the bolts. And that’s it.
I propose to understand in more detail the features of installing a card in a PCI Express 16x slot. Expand your system unit. Locate the motherboard with the PCI Express 16x connector on it. With two hands, grab your graphics card, which you plan to install, and insert it into the PCI Express 16x slot. How to check if the card is installed correctly? It should ideally fit in the PCI Express 16x slot, i.E. Completely “sit” in it.
If the card (6pin connector) needs additional power, then the 6-pin power connector must be connected to the power supply and to the card. There are even such special adapters.
In principle, everything is ready, the card is installed. And here is some more useful information on this topic.
Powerful gaming graphics cards that have new chip models are equipped with two batteries. For example, 66pin, 86 pin or 88 pin. For such cards, you will need not one, but two power adapters that are connected to the card and to the power supply.
You just learned how to install a card on a computer, I hope you succeeded. And if you have questions along the way, ask in the comments. All success!
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How to install a card on a computer? : 4 comments
- Samat 10.24.2014 at 08:41
This is useful when you did not know what a card is and how to open it. The is helpful. 5
A useful article for those who can not handle computer technology. Everything is accessible and understandable. Also, I advise you to read the article on choosing a card.
After reading the article, almost any user will be able to replace the card on their own. The main thing is to do everything carefully and follow the instructions. There is of course another option to contact the service center, but you will have to pay and also spend more time. If you, of course, do not understand computers at all, then it’s probably better to choose the second option. But in our age of high technology, even a teenager can change a card, so read the instructions carefully and do not waste extra money and time.
This info is not interesting for me though. I’m just afraid to burn the laptop without practice, I can be smart)))
The card is designed to process graphics and display images on the screen. If you are not an avid gamer, then you should not strive to buy an expensive card. I think you should not throw out the extra 50-100, just to brag to your friends. If you have a problem and don’t know how to replace or install the card from scratch on your computer, this article may help you.
Before you install a new card, you need to understand a few nuances.
1. Power Consumption of the New Graphics Card. Be prepared for the fact that along with the card you will have to replace the power supply. Powerful cards are also powered separately from the power supply. Typically, a 350 W unit is enough, less often 400-550 W is needed.
2. Graphics port used by the adapter to communicate with the processor. At the moment, 2 types are used: AGP and PCI-Express. Before installing a card, you need to look in the passport on the motherboard which port the motherboard supports.
In order to install a new card, you must first remove the old one. To get started, remove the driver on the.
In Windows XP, for this, click “Start. Control Panel. System”. Go to the “Hardware” tab and click on the “Device Manager” button.
Next, look for “Adapters”, go there, find the name of your currently installed card and right-click. Select the item “Properties”.
Go to the “Driver” tab and click on the “Delete” button.
For Windows 7, do the following: go to the “Start” and click on “Control Panel”.
Next, select “View”. “Large Icons” and click on the “System”.
Then in the list on the left, go to “Device Manager”.
Expand the item “adapters”, either by double-clicking on it, or by clicking on the arrow to the left of the name. Right-click on the name of the installed card and go to the “Properties” in the context menu.
In the window that opens, open the “Driver” tab and click on the delete button. Then confirm the completion of this action.
For those who use Windows 10, we can open the window we need as follows: right-click on Start. In the menu that opens, click on “Device Manager”.
We expand the list of installed adapters, go to the properties and uninstall the driver, this is done in the same way as shown above.
The software procedures have been completed, now you can shut down Windows and proceed directly to the mechanical removal of the card from the system unit.
First you need to de-energize the system unit by pulling all the cords from the outlet and from the system unit as well. Then remove the system unit cover and, having unscrewed the fixing screw, remove the card from the system unit. Below in the photo you can see the card slot located on the motherboard (in this case, AGP).
And then you can see how the card itself looks.
The card is very easily inserted into the connector, you do not need to apply force. With a light touch of a hand, insert the card into the connector on the motherboard and fasten it to the case with a fixing screw.
After that, the cover of the system unit can be closed and the monitor connected to the card. Immediately, the card will naturally not work, since drivers still need to be installed on it. If you don’t know how to do this, read the article “How to Install a Driver on Hardware”
Installing a card on your own in a computer is not difficult, but at the same time there are several nuances that must be taken into account during assembly. This article provides detailed instructions for connecting a graphics adapter to the motherboard.
Install a graphics card
Most wizards recommend installing the card last, at the final stage of computer assembly. This is dictated by the rather large size of the adapter, which may interfere with the installation of other system components.
So, let’s proceed to the installation.
- First of all, it is necessary to completely de-energize the system unit, that is, disconnect the power cable.
- All modern adapters require a slot to work PCI-E on the motherboard.
Please note that only connectors are suitable for our purposes. PCI-Ex16. If there are several of them, then you need to study the manual (description and instructions) for your motherboard. This will help to figure out which PCI-E are full-fledged and allow the device to work in full force. This is usually the topmost slot. Next, you need to free up space for the card connectors on the back of the case. Most often, stubs break out corny. For more expensive solutions, the straps are screwed.
The number of holes depends on how many rows vertically the outputs for monitors on the card are located.
In addition, if there is a ventilation grill on the device, then the slot must also be freed under it.
Carefully insert the card into the selected slot until a distinctive click occurs. The “lock” is triggered. The position of the adapter is coolers down. It is difficult to make a mistake here, since any other position will not allow you to install the device.
The next step is to connect additional power. If it is not on your card, then this step is skipped.
The additional power connectors on the cards are different: 6 pin, 8 pin (62), 66 pin (our option) and others. It is worth paying close attention when choosing a power supply: it must be equipped with the appropriate conclusions.
If the necessary connectors are not available, then you can connect the GPU using a special adapter (adapter) molex on 8 or 6 pin.
Here’s what the card looks like with additional power connected:
The final step is to secure the device with screws, which are usually included in the package of the case or card.
This completes the connection of the card to the computer, you can put the cover back in place, connect the power and, after installing the drivers, you can use the device.