How To Change Graphics Card + Other components? 2 replies

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#1 12 years ago

hi everyone im a total novice when it comes to mucking around with computer hardware.. anyway heres the scenario.. i would like to move my 6600 GT into a computer that has a FX5200. im just wondering how i would change it? i didnt think it would be as simple as taking the FX5200 out and placing my 6600GT in. i'd also like to transfer my 2x 512mb into the FX5200 machine too.

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#2 12 years ago

It's not too hard to upgrade your graphics card, but there are a few things to know.

The most importaint is for you to know (and tell us) how powerful your PSU (Power Supply Unit) is, interms of the number of watts it gives you. You may need to upgrade your PSU, because the 6600 has a much higher power requirement than a 5200.

Secondly, you need to give us the specifics of the RAM you already have inside your computer (we'd need to know the PC number, and the latency speed). We'd need to know some realtivly technical stuff, because RAM isn't so simple that you can just put any ol' stick of RAM into your motherboard and expect it to work. Would somebody recomend this guy a freeware tool that will give him the specifics on his RAM/Mobo? I would recomend you a program myself (a program that would tell you all of the things you need to know for us to help you), but I personally don't know any good ones.

I hope I haven't made this sound too daunting. Upgrading your PC isn't as hard as many people think or believe it is.




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#3 12 years ago
marvinmatthewWould somebody recomend this guy a freeware tool that will give him the specifics on his RAM/Mobo?

CPU-Z.

i would like to move my 6600 GT into a computer that has a FX5200. im just wondering how i would change it? i didnt think it would be as simple as taking the FX5200 out and placing my 6600GT in. i'd also like to transfer my 2x 512mb into the FX5200 machine too.

For the graphics cards, you have to make sure that both the 5200 and the 6600 use the same interface. AGP most likey since you have a 5200. Look and see what your power supply is rated for, easiest way for that is to take off the side of your case and the wattage and technical info should be printed on a sticker on the side of it.

Actually it is pretty much just as simple as pulling one out, and putting the other in. Make sure before you mess around inside your case to unplug the computer and push the power button to ground the mobo. And before you touch anything, touch something metal first so you don't zap anything with static elecricity. Also, if they can be switched, i would uninstall the old drivers, and download and install the newest ones from nvidias website.

For the memory, use the cpu-z tool and make sure that both machines use the same type of RAM (DDR, DDR2 ect...). And look to see if there both running at the same speed (ex. PC2700, PC3200 ect...), If there not running at the same speed they still might work together, but all the ram will probably be clocked down to match the speed of the slower stuff.