06-14-2009 09:43 PM
I would like to try to upgrade my graphic card (currently have a GeForce 7300) to run newer games on my pc, but have never opened the back of a computer before. I was hoping someone might be able to help. Is it as easy as just removing the old card and installing the new one?
I was thinking of replacing it with a Geforce 9500 or 9600. My computer has an AMD 6400 dual processor 2.80 ghz with 2 GBs of RAM so the new graphics card should fit, right?
Much thanks for any thoughts and advice.
06-15-2009 01:46 AM
Yep just remove and replace. Just make sure its the correct type (AGP, PCI-e, etc) thats already in there.
The instructions with the card are pretty simple.
1. unplug computer and remove all cords.
2. lay computer on table.
3. unscrew case screws and slide cover (side cover or whole cover depending on make) off.
4. lay computer on side so you can see the mother board.
5. touch metal chassis before touching any component.
6. unscrew screw that holds the part of the vid card at the back slots.
7. unplug any cable to the vid card.
8. theres a latch that needs to be unlocked before removing card. unlock it (usually slides to the front of the computer, dont force anything)
9. pull vid card straight out.
install new card in reversed order. Make sure you install the new cards software/drivers according to instructions.
06-15-2009 06:10 AM
Rrrrr is right on with his instructions. One step that he missed is before you do any of those steps is to much sure you uninstall any drivers or software related to your current videocard.
A few other things to think about:
1. Make sure the new card will fit.
2. Will your current power supply support a new card like a Nvidia 9600gt?
The majority of retail computers have lower rated power supplies that will not support a higher end videocard.