Introduction

A computer graphics card allows a computer to plug into a monitor and be displayed. Graphics cards are vital components for computers. Also, replacing a graphics card can help your computer run more quickly and smoothly.

Tools

No tools required.

Parts

No parts required.

Remove the two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case.
  • Remove the two Phillips #2 head 5mm screws from the back side of the computer case.

  • These screws can be removed by hand.

This depends on the model of system. Some systems have a lever/latch to pull to release the cover. Many Dell and HP models use latches to open the covers (no tools required to open the system). Some systems need a screwdriver to remove the screws. Some are Phillips screws, others may be Torx.

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Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer. If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel.
  • Next, remove the side panel of the computer case to allow access into the computer.

  • If there is a fan mounted on the side panel, make sure to unplug the cable before fully removing the panel.

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Remove the Phillips #2 head, 5mm screw holding the graphics card in place.
  • Remove the Phillips #2 head, 5mm screw holding the graphics card in place.

  • Make sure that you have grounded yourself so that upon removal of the graphics card you do not accidentally shock the circuit board and damage it.

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Press the latch on the side of the connector area to unlock the graphics card, and carefully slide the graphics card out from its slot in the computer. A good technique is to lay the computer onto it side, push the latch down and lift the graphics card out.
  • Press the latch on the side of the connector area to unlock the graphics card, and carefully slide the graphics card out from its slot in the computer.

  • A good technique is to lay the computer onto it side, push the latch down and lift the graphics card out.

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Conclusion

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

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There should be a notice about the PCI-E slot, which has a security latch; the latch should be pressed in order to remove the graphics card from the motherboard.

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