Installing a new, more powerful graphics card can change the world when it comes to PC games. And since you are not completely building a PC, this is not a very difficult task. However, this may seem rather intimidating for those who have not previously opened the side panel of the PC case. Fortunately, with a little help, the right tools and the extra 10 minutes, you can return to the game as soon as possible.
How to install a new GPU
The main components of this task are the case and the PCI-e slot on the motherboard. Most GPUs sold today connect to a PC through this PCI-e slot.
A motherboard may have more than one slot, but we want to use the first (x16) slot. The x4 slot is shorter and can be used for other expansion cards (for example, for Wi-Fi cards), and the secondary x16 slots are usually reserved for additional GPUs.
Preparing your computer for the new GPU
Before installing a new graphics card you must make sure that the old drivers for the replacement card are removed. If you are installing a new graphics processor and you do not yet have a dedicated card, you can skip this section. Both NVIDIA and AMD offer resources to complete this step.
You can find them here:
In addition to the recommendations in the links above, there is a handy tool that can help completely remove the GPU drivers in Windows called Display Driver Uninstaller. Using this utility is optional, but it may be useful to get rid of all instances of drivers from Windows.
After removing the drivers, it’s time to open the computer and get started.
Install a new graphics card
Now all you have to do is connect the display connectors on the back of the case, whether it be DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI or VGA. After that, press the power switch of the power supply and boot Windows. If the computer does not turn on or the monitor does not receive signals, you need to check once again that all cables are connected correctly (both inside and on the rear panel of the PC) and the graphics processor is installed correctly in the PCI slot.
Installing the necessary drivers
Before using the GPU for intensive workloads such as games, you need to install new drivers so that Windows and software can interact effectively with the card. Click the link below to download and install drivers for the new NVIDIA or AMD card.