Can I install a better video card in my computer even though I have an integrated one on the motherboard?

by on April 14, 2010

Q: I have a non-upgradeable video card integrated into the motherboard. Can i get a video card that fits a PCI slot or something like that?


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    Yes, make sure your computer has a 16x PCI-Express slot and you can install a newer video card. You would then hook your monitor into the new card.

    You can then disable the onboard video in your BIOS, or it will be disabled automatically if a new video card is detected.

    Here is a photo: http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Articles/Sources/MSI_915G_Combo/Images/pci_express.jpg

    This shows one 16x PCI-Express slot at the top (for a video card) two 1x PCi-Express slots next down (used for HD TV Tuners, sound cards, etc) and three PCI slots at the bottom (used for all kinds of stuff).

    If your computer is significantly older it might look like this in there and have an AGP slot ( https://ist94.wikispaces.com/file/view/agp_pci_isa.jpg )

    Let me know what you find in there, along with your budget, what you want to be able to play and your CPU, RAM details and PC Model and I can offer some suggestions.