How to Install a Video Card in a Dell Optiplex

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How to Install a Video Card in a Dell Optiplex
Install a video card on a Dell Optiplex. (video card image by TEA from Fotolia.com)

A video card is a type of expansion card. Its sole purpose is to send output images to your computer's display. From time to time, you may want to upgrade your computer's video card. Fortunately, the Dell Optiplex makes it easy to upgrade your video card. You won't need to add memory to your video card. The Optiplex is designed to distribute memory from the system RAM to your video card.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off your computer and disconnect the power cable and any miscellaneous cables and devices.

  2. 2

    Look at the back of the computer tower and remove the four protruding screws. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver if you cannot loosen them by hand. Set them aside.

  3. 3

    Press on the two locking buttons on top side and bottom side of the computer tower. This will release the side panel. Rotate the side panel as far as it can go until you have easy access to the inside of the computer.

  4. 4

    Disengage the locking arm that holds the video card in place. This is located on the rear panel of the computer tower. Remove the single Phillips-head screw securing the old video card to the computer. Pull the video card out of the laptop and set it aside.

  5. 5

    Slide the new video card into the computer frame. Push it all the way back until the video card slides into the connector slot. Replace the locking arm to hold the new video card securely in place.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps one through three in reverse order to reassemble the computer tower.

  7. 7

    Power on your computer. Wait for the OptiPlex to recognise the new hardware.

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