The modern PC games in the market have shown how important a video card is in any gaming system. In the past, the video card and CPU used to be very important but modern games now depend so much on the video card since developers are enhancing the graphic levels more than ever before, thus the need to understand how to upgrade video cards.
In such a recent game such as F.E.A.R, a solid video card perks up the performance of a game including the image quality better than any strong PC. If a new game detects the video card is older, it will affect the quality of graphics. For some games, they do not come with older video card support. If you are highly anticipating a new game that does not support an older card, you should begin the process of upgrading.
AGP or PCI Express
Prior to running out to purchase a graphics upgrade, know if the current PC or CPU you have will handle the new improved card. The video card needs have been changing over the years, meaning older PCs could be lacking necessary hardware compatible with newly launched video cards.
Learning how to upgrade video cards includes taking a good look at the motherboard in search of a PCI express or AGP card slot; the motherboard’s topmost expansion and the monitor should be linked to the video card sitting there. The older systems contain AGP types of card slots with most recent systems having PCI express video card slots.
A system with PCI Express is lucky because the newly launched video cards utilize PCI Express type of form factor. Upgrade options are limited if the slot is AGP. You might want to upgrade into PCI Express type of motherboard in case you are in search of powerful options in terms of a video card. If you are still using a Pentium II, you might want to get a whole new system first.
As you look at the video card slot, discern the amount of space below the slot of the card since a number of video cards contain super cooling units doubling the card’s height. Those with space for a card of normal size should think about shifting the card found directly below the video card if possible, to another lower slot. In case it is impossible, or the form factor system is small with only a single-slot room for a video card, ensure the new card fits in a single slot.
Determine PC Power
Once you have determined the type of card slot you have including the space, look for power rating the power supply of the system has. Modern video cards need a lot of power to perform and some PC’s power supply could lack the needed wattage for the support of systems with loaded additional drives, fast processors including new video card hungry for power. With luck, power supply could have detailed maximum wattage well put on the rear, clearly visible.
If you do your home work on how to upgrade video cards well and you have selected a compatible card with the system you are using, the process of card installation will be very simple.