How To Upgrade Graphics Card on PC

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{"blocks":[{"key":"6nrqh","text":"Every gaming fan knows that updating the graphic card on your computer can make a world of difference. Most avid gamers upgrade their graphics cards every two or three years to support newer games. Although you can stretch your older graphics card for a longer period, changing it will enhance your gaming experience. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":318,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":318,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":318,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":318,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"91na","text":"In this article, we’ll explain in detail how to change graphic cards on PC. Following the proper steps will allow you to enjoy a better experience without affecting the overall performance of your computer. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":207,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":207,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":207,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":207,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

How To Upgrade Graphics Card on PC

{"blocks":[{"key":"fj1ab","text":"Newer graphics cards have become more impressive and also easier to replace. Once you’ve made up your mind about replacing your graphics card, you can easily install it and have your PC ready to work in a few minutes. 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A more expensive card will allow you to enjoy 4K gaming. However, if you have an older CPU, you might need to upgrade it because an expensive and new graphics card won’t deliver the desired performance if the CPU is old. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":336,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":336,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":336,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":336,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"22g64","text":"Step 2: Remove the Old Graphics Card","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":36,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":36,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":36,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":36,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"1e9gn","text":"Now that you have chosen the right card, it’s time to remove the old one. 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","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":24,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":24,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":24,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":24,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"2jsh4","text":"Remove the side panel opposite the motherboard’s input/output panel to remove the old graphics card. ","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":101,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":101,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":101,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":101,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"bmdb7","text":"Make sure that you’re properly grounded by touching a running tap before touching your computer. 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If you see error messages or if the computer is unable to start properly, there might be a problem with the way you inserted the graphics card into its slot. There could also be a problem with the power supply, so your graphics card won’t work properly. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":370,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":370,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":370,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":370,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"jspj","text":"Step 9: Remove the Old Drivers","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":30,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":30,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":30,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":30,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"e53qi","text":"If everything has worked fine, wait for your PC to start and boot into a low-resolution mode. When this step is done, your PC will detect the new hardware. 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Follow the prompts and reboot the PC after removing the old drivers.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":316,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":316,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":316,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":316,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"83jhq","text":"Step 10: Install the New Drivers","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":32,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":32,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":32,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":32,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"au60k","text":"Although your graphics card might come with a CD, you should head to the manufacturer’s website to download the latest drivers. You can use the search tool to download the latest drivers that work for your card model. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":218,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":218,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":218,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":218,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"4lgjq","text":"Step 11: Run the New Drivers","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":28,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":28,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":28,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":28,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"7ffvj","text":"Follow the prompts to run the drivers on your computer. You might be asked to reboot your PC several times until the drivers have been properly installed. 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Wrap Up

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