Primary concerns are taken care of when a unit is bought, but further enhancing is recommended, especially for the gamers’ pleasure. It is highly recommended that the personal computer, whether it may be a desktop or a laptop, be ready for any installation to enhance the memory, especially the video card. Here are the know hows to upgrade the graphics card.
1. Number or memory matters:
Enhancing the video memory means upgrading the video quality. For the gaming aficionado it is best if the video card has a memory of 128MB although nowadays this is considered a low option. Do a background check on the needed memory for the game. Having a high memory means best compatibility with the game most likely preferred by the user. Technically if you want to get the best out of your video system, stick to getting a higher memory.
2. Brand name matters:
Although there are number of manufacturers for video cards there are still those who are known for their best quality. Some of the known graphic cards are Matrox, S3 and XGI. However for this it is well recommended to go for NVidia, and AMD to get the best out of your gaming system.
3. Know what you need:
There are others who think they can just install video cards in an instant; unfortunately these people may either get disappointed because of poor video output or even get the worst out of their computer. First a person should know how much memory he needs. Next is what type of motherboard he has (there are motherboards who doesn’t have an AGP, but instead still stick to PCI slots). Thirdly, know what type of video output is needed; if it’s SVGA, DVI or S-Video. The latter is used to connect the PC to the DVD players, video consoles and LCD Projectors.
4. Compatibility and Installation:
Check the back of the carton of your newly bought video card. There are lists of number of memory required for processors not to mention the software it will run on. There are other operating systems that are not compatible with the video card.Next check whether the slots available for the video card will give a perfect fit allowing easy placing and lock in.Â If everything is prepared then start installing.Upon start-up, after the video card have been placed, next is to install the drivers. The software for the video card can be in a CD or accessed through the Internet.
After installation, the unit must be restarted to check the effectiveness of the unit. Certain warning signs will manifest if there is anything wrong. These are called beep codes. If the installation of the unit is successful then the computer will turn on with the proper codes. If there is a problem, then troubleshoot the newly installed card and the installation of the drivers before calling for technical support.