Learn how to replace the video, or graphics, card in a Dell Desktop. This video will guide you through locating and replacing your video card.
Replacing the video card in a Dell desktop is a relatively simple procedure. It should take about 20 minutes to complete. Before you begin: We recommend you take a few minutes to prepare.
First, review the video, "Learn How to Avoid ESD Damage" for simple precautions to avoid static damage to your computer components. Second, save and review your product manual on dell.com/manuals.
This video provides a general overview, but some systems may have slight differences. If you encounter any issues, refer to your manual for additional information.
Third, locate a standard Phillips head screwdriver. To get started, disconnect all cables from your computer, especially the power cable. Press the Power button to discharge any remaining power stored in the system.
Remove the thumb screw that secures the side cover to the chassis. Use a screwdriver if necessary. Release the side cover by sliding it toward the rear of the computer.
With a regular Phillips head screwdriver, remove the screw that secures the PCI retainer to the chassis. Disconnect the power cables from the video card.
Push the release clip, then gently lift the PCI Express Graphics card off the system board. Slide the replacement in, being careful to lock the video card in place.
Connect the power cables to the video card. Replace the screws securing the PCI retainer to the chassis. Replace the side cover and secure it with the thumbscrew. You have successfully replaced your video card.