Introduction

The graphics card is responsible for the display functions of your computer. In this guide, you will learn how to remove and install a graphics card for the Dell XPS 720 H2C, as well as how to reseat the current graphics card in the computer.

Tools

No tools required.

Parts

No parts required.

Remove the cover panel on the side of the computer by pulling out the latch on the back panel and pulling the panel downwards towards the ground. Remove the cover panel on the side of the computer by pulling out the latch on the back panel and pulling the panel downwards towards the ground.
  • Remove the cover panel on the side of the computer by pulling out the latch on the back panel and pulling the panel downwards towards the ground.

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The graphics card is located at the bottom-right area of the computer, just below the XPS processor. Before entering into the "guts" of the computer,  unplug the DVI or VGA cable(s) that are connected to the graphics port on the back panel of the computer.
  • The graphics card is located at the bottom-right area of the computer, just below the XPS processor.

  • Before entering into the "guts" of the computer, unplug the DVI or VGA cable(s) that are connected to the graphics port on the back panel of the computer.

  • Some DVI cables may need to be unscrewed. This can simply be done by hand.

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Remove the support underneath the processor by pressing down on the latch at the top of the support and pulling the support towards you. Remove the support underneath the processor by pressing down on the latch at the top of the support and pulling the support towards you. Remove the support underneath the processor by pressing down on the latch at the top of the support and pulling the support towards you.
  • Remove the support underneath the processor by pressing down on the latch at the top of the support and pulling the support towards you.

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Press down and to the right on the fourth blue tab from the top to release the graphics card from the motherboard casing.
  • Press down and to the right on the fourth blue tab from the top to release the graphics card from the motherboard casing.

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Unplug the cable labeled "P3" on the left side of the graphics card. Be sure to push the plastic pin all the way down and pull firmly.
  • Unplug the cable labeled "P3" on the left side of the graphics card. Be sure to push the plastic pin all the way down and pull firmly.

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Grab the graphics card with two hands and pull directly outward. The card may not come out smoothly.  If this is the case, apply firm and even pressure with both hands.
  • Grab the graphics card with two hands and pull directly outward. The card may not come out smoothly. If this is the case, apply firm and even pressure with both hands.

  • If you are reseating the graphics card, this is the time to clean it and make sure dust is not accumulating.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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