This guide on how to install a graphics card provides you with the knowledge on how to correctly install your new graphics card quickly, and safely. Before you begin, you need to be aware of some important safety considerations. You don’t want to go damaging your brand new graphics card!
Installing a graphics card in your computer is extremely easy to do. It should only take you a matter of minutes before you're all done and ready to experience your awesome new card.
Ok, assuming you have chosen and bought your graphics card, we will start off with some safety basics and the tools you will need. If you haven't decided on a graphics card yet, you may wish to read the gaming video card guide first.
This information was covered in the first step of building your computer if you've been reading this installation series of articles from the start, but it's crucial so we'll repeat it again here.
Installing a graphics card will only require a non-magnetic screwdriver, and an anti-static wrist band (optional). The screwdriver is used to screw your graphics card into place, and the anti-static wrist band you wear to protect your graphics card from static electricity.
Static electricity can cause damage to your graphics card. You don't want to skip on wearing the anti-static wrist band because even the slightest of shocks can completely ruin your new graphics card. You've been warned!
Now that your graphics card has been installed, the only thing left to do is install the drivers. Your graphics card should come with its own drivers on CD, so once you’ve turned your PC on, simply insert the drivers CD and follow the instructions.
It’s important to note that the drivers that come with your graphics card are sometimes outdated. So you will need to visit your video card manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers.
See more detail on installing graphics cards including images from a real-life build over at our main how to build a pc tutorial.