This article teaches you how to swap your on-board graphic card into a personal VGA or GPU card. On-board cards are connected to the motherboard and cannot be removed. Before starting with the steps, make sure that you have enough Power Supply Unit as GPU/VGA consumes more power than the on-board graphic card.
Ø An anti-static strap
Ø A screw driver
Ø A graphic card (VGA/GPU) and
Ø A Motherboard that has the required slot
Research a bit about the video card you want to use on your computer. Find out if the card you want to install on your motherboard is AGP, PCI or PCI-E. The older motherboard uses AGD slots where as the new motherboard uses PCI-E slots.
Make sure that the video card you want to install on your computer is compatible with the motherboard. A card that does not fit in your motherboard is simply a waste of money, no matter how much you like the card. Forcing a wrong card into the motherboard will cause damage to the motherboard.
Disable the on-board graphic card. For this, turn on your computer and enter BIOS. Here you’ll find the option to disable graphic card under “Integrated peripherals” section.
Static electricity can cause serious damage to the components of your computer. Therefore, to avoid static current surge, ground yourself properly. Wear an anti-static wrist strap when you are working inside your computer.
Locate the slot. It should be at the back bottom of the tower where some other slots are located. You should know which slot is required and you need to unscrew the screws that are holding the silver strip on the tower.
Place the card by pushing it gently into the slot. There is only one way the card with enter the slot, so do not force it too much if you are not able to insert it. Simply try it out from the other side. Once the card is inserted properly, screw the screws back.
After inserting the card, turn the computer on and install the video card driver that was provided to you along with the graphic card.
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