How To Install a Graphics Card in a Computer

This blog post is about how to install a graphics card in a computer.

Update 2019: This blog post is still relevant even though I wrote it over ten years ago! These days I don’t use AGP graphics cards, but PCI Express cards. It is often easy to spot the slot for a graphics card and if you’re struggling to identify which slot, I suggest you download a manual for your motherboard.

Warning: Make sure you check and read any valid warranty before proceeding. The computer I installed the card into was old and out of warranty. If you’re unsure what to do, even after reading the rest of this blog post, I suggest you seek help from an expert.

Graphics cards have hugely come down in price and are a good upgrade to consider if required. So I brought a new agp graphics card for my desktop computer via ebay. I know agp is old tech now, but it is the last planned upgrade for the computer and gives it a nice bit of oomph for a very cheap price.

However it left me with a spare agp graphics card that was previously in the computer…. so I decided to install it into my server that was using an on-board graphics chipset and had a spare agp slot.

Here are the steps I took:

1) Attached and put on my anti static wrist strap (below is a picture of the anti static strap and card). Anti static wrist straps are very cheap and a good purchase.

clip and card

2) In the case you can see the agp slot (one at top with green border and looks different to pci express).

agp slot

3) Removed a slot plate for the case and then inserted the graphics card carefully.

card in slot

Also if you don’t want to install drivers via Microsoft, best visit the manufacturer / vendor site before you do the upgrade and place the drivers in a folder ready for when you turn the machine back on. The manufacturer / vendor will often have drivers and software that will improve performance and allow more configuration.

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