How can I upgrade the graphics card of my PC?

Raaj April 7, 2011

I have a decent PC with a horrible graphics card. Is it possible to attach a spare graphics card to it? I mainly want to use it for gaming.

    April 8, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Hello, does your computer have an onboard graphics card? or is the graphic card inserted into an AGP/PCI-E slot? Easiest way of finding that out is to go to the computer's manufacturer site and look for your model number. That should tell you what type of slots are available and/or what kind of graphics card your computer has.

    A few years back there was also the option of installing graphics cards on the PCI slot. Those were simple cards that would not be able to play recent games. If your computer/motherboard is recent, chances are you have PCI-E slot/slots. Some motherboards have more than one to run two graphics cards as one. Usually graphics cards use the PCI-Express (PCI-E) with 16x bandwith. There are different bandwith for PCI-E, like 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x and 32x. Another thing to consider is the fact that there are some motherboards that support PCI-E but they can only use certain voltages. Make sure that you get a graphics card with the voltages specified for your motherboard because if you do not, you can fry your motherboard.

    If you have an onboard graphics card the only thing you have to do is check your motherboard to see if it uses AGP or PCI-E, get a card that fits into your motherboard and then open your case and install the card. Once the hardware is install, restart your computer and install the drivers for it. Also make sure that you connect your motherboard to your new card and also disable/uninstall the drivers for your old card.

    If the card your computer has is on a AGP/PCI-E slot, you have to open the case, uninstall the card and install the new one. Once computer is restarted, uninstall the old drivers and then install the drivers for the new card. This is done so that there are no conflicts between your new and old card. Keep in mind that sometimes the newest graphic cards might not have a vga slot for your monitor. Before buying a new card make sure that your new card has the right connectors for your monitor. Newest cards, have hdmi, dvi, sometimes vga and other newer standards for connections. This can be solved easily by getting a convertor like dvi to vga, etc. If you need help finding out what you can get, just post the brand and model for your computer and it can be found. Hope it helps.

  2. Anonymous
    April 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    You should find out if your motherboard has a AGP or PCI slot. then based on it you can choose a decent graphic card and for nowadays to stay upto date go for graphoc card that support DirectX10 or 11.

    the easiet way The AGP slot would the topmost slot, slightly smaller and shifted to the right a little, usually a different color. If all the slots are the same size then they're probably all PCI.

    or get your motherboard id and look for more info.

    You can also use pcwizzard.