Monday, 9 November 2015

Switch From Integrated Graphics To A Card

Improve your PC's performance by replacing the on-board video chipset with a true video card.

If you have a computer with an integrated video chipset, you can increase the performance of your PC considerably by installing a stand-alone video card. Because an integrated graphics chipset usually consists of only one or two small chips, the performance is not nearly as robust as compared to a true video card.

Installing a stand-alone video card will enhance the performance of your computer in other ways as well. For instance, integrated chipsets share memory and processor resources with other components in the computer, thus slowing computing speed. A true video card allows you to free those resources and improve your computer's performance and overall speed.


1. Power off the PC. Disconnect the power cord and other cables, then place the computer on a sturdy work surface. Place the computer on its side with the side panel cover facing up.

2. Use the Phillips screwdriver to loosen and remove the retaining screws on the back of the computer case. Remove the side-panel cover and set it aside. Gently move any power or ribbon cables out of the way that prohibit access to the PCI-Xpress card slot on the motherboard.

3. Remove the retaining screw from the expansion slot cover on the rear of the case, then pull the cover out and set it aside. Insert the new video card into the PCI-Express slot. Push the new video card into the slot gently but firmly until fully inserted. Secure the new video card in the slot with the retaining screw you removed from the slot cover.

4. Connect the six or eight pin power cable from the power supply to the new video card if the card has a connecting power socket.

5. Close the PC case and return the computer to its original location. Reconnect the power cord and all cables. Turn on the computer and wait for it to boot into Windows.

6. Insert the video card driver disc into the CD/DVD drive of your computer. Wait for the disc to auto-start, then click the "Install" or "Setup" button. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the new video card drivers on your computer. Reboot the computer if prompted to do so.

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