Upgrading your graphics card is the best way to get the most performance out of an older motherboard. If you would like to get great graphics out of an older motherboard by upgrading the graphics card, you have to be aware of how much power is too much and how much is too little. Having a balanced unit is essential. Typically, you can upgrade your GPU with a midrange card for around 200-300 dollars. When you are upgrading your graphics card, you also have to take into account the fact that newer graphics cards will not fit in older cases. Power can also be an issue. Here is a guide to upgrading your GPU.
Check the power supply on your computer before you buy a new graphics cards. Make sure that your system has enough power to run the new graphics card. Using a 750W power supply is a pretty good all around choice for all systems. Look at the manufacturer’s minimum requirements before you purchase a new GPU.
Open the case and make sure that you have enough room for the new GPU. The manufacturer website should have the dimensions listed. If not, they will be listed on the GPU’s box.
Go to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest driver for your new graphics card. Make sure that you do not install the drivers just yet. Go to the “Control Panel” and uninstall the older GPU software from the “Remove Hardware” option.
Shut down your system and remove all of the power cords along with your VGA cord from the old GPU. Press the “Power” button with the power cords removed to expel any electricity that still in the system. Open the casing and then remove the power connectors from your old GPU. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that are holding the connector bracket to the case.
Hold down the removal latch if necessary to remove the older card from the motherboard. Pull the old card from the computer. Attach the power cords to the new GPU and then slide the card into place. Put the connector bracket screws into place once the card has been installed.
Close the case and attach the VGA cord to the graphics card on the back of your case. If you have a digital cord, attach that and then attach the other end to your display. Plug the power cord back into the system and then turn the system back on.
If you hear any rumbling or rattling, power the system down and clear any cords from the fans on the inside of the system. If you do not hear any rattling, wait for the system to start up with your new GPU installed.