Since video cards are now if not required, needed in a computer system, we will teach you how to install one in yours and what type to buy that fits your lifestyle and your computer as well.
What you will need is:
-a screwdriver (Phillips preferred);
-a video/graphics card;
-your computer, of course.
Step 1: Choosing the Right Video Card
If you use your computer to play games or watch high definition movies, then you should buy a high video card with many features like 3d ready and HD as well. You will need high memory for your video card depending on the requirements of the game.
Some really good brands are Nvidia and ATI Radeon:
- EVGA GeForce GTX 580
-EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
-Radeon HD 6790
if you lack budget and you still want to use your computer to play games then you may opt to buy affordable video cards that will still be able to play games, though it being cheap will of course affect the computers performance
*affordable video cards
-Nvidia GeForce 9500GT
-ATI Radeon HD 4650
The minimum memory for a video card that you should get is at least 256MB.
*Take note that these video cards are more expensive than the basic video cards because they use more power and have a higher memory to perform various actions and programs that may require a high resolution like 3D and HD features
if you use your computer for just surfing the net and office use then a basic video card would be good for you. Although this type would perform poorer when played with games. These video cards comes in very cheap compared to those high end types. So this is highly recommended for people doing office works,typing and someone who doesn't really play games and watch HD movies.
Step 2: Materials:
-the video card that you will install
-CD driver of your video card, this will usually come with the video card when you buy it, if not you can download the drivers online depending on the brand of your preferred video card.
Step 3: Unplugging:
After you turn off the power supply, remove all attached peripherals connected to your computer.
Step 4: Removing the Case
Step 5: Determine What Slot Type It Is
note that if you just recently bought your mother board you would most likely have a PCI express or a PCIe if not an AGP slot.
some mother boards have one or more slots in the system, this is to improve the performance more, and this doesn't mean that you have to fill up the slots with 2 video cards, one video card would be enough, and that of course depends on you.
Step 6: Inserting the Video Card
Make sure you have properly inserted the video card to the right slot and is locked up/secured properly.
Step 7: Putting It All Back Together
Step 8: Plugging Everything Back On
Step 9: Turning It on and Installing Your Driver
A driver is basically a software that allows your computer communicate to your video card and tell it what to do.
So after turning your pc back on, you have to install your driver by the CD it came with or downloading it online
So if you don't have the CD you may easily download the driver in the product site of your video card brand.
Just run the program and let it install then after installation, you may reboot your system for it to be effectively installed.
*if you are not able to install your drivers or locate them on the web, we found this very helpful program that will automatically detect,update and install the latest driver for your video card.
link to the site http://driver-pro.com