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How to upgrade your PC with a new graphics card | Hardware

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An easy-to-follow guide to upgrade your graphics card in your current gaming rig. Here we're swapping out our old GTX 1050 Ti for a new GTX 1060 to double our gaming performance. Display Driver Uninstaller https://www.wagnardsoft.com/ ► Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/user/PCGamesN ◄ Visit us at: https://www.pcgamesn.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PCGamesNetwork Twitter: https://twitter.com/PCGamesN
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Ya (1 day ago)
I have a question If I wanna upgrade my graphic card do I need to upgrade anything else ?
Ya (1 day ago)
PCGamesN I have the 560 but I wanna get the 580 Do I need to get a new processor? Or anything else ?
PCGamesN (1 day ago)
Ya ...depends. If you upgrade to a graphics card which needs a lot of power you might need a new PSU. Aside from that you should be okay with any modern motherboard and CPU combination from the last five years or so.
Cry mc (3 days ago)
And if I'm building a completely new computer, and keep my hard drives do I have to install windows again
Cry mc (3 days ago)
If I want to change my processor and have to change my motherboard for that. If I keep my hard drive, do I have to configurate the BIOS new?
Ed Davis (5 days ago)
The eyes of the dude on the left tho... I'm parched...
TenzoG (10 days ago)
2:00 Molex to PCIE is a sign of a low wattage PSU, that means you should get one that has more watts to it. However a 1060 is a low power consumer. I think it should be fine.
Paul Anciola (11 days ago)
Hey question I installed ddu and I did clean and shut down and I popped in the new gpu I get no signal so I took it out and used on board gpu no singal old gpu no singal can I get some help
gunlap (14 days ago)
DO NOT use display driver uninstaller.. especially if u have Windows 10. It screwed up my HDD and SSD. windows 10 is so sophisticated that it does the work for. its literally as simple as popping in a new graphics card and swapping out the old one. do not fall for these crappy programs
gunlap (14 days ago)
PCGamesN the status of everything was perfectly fine before. right after, nothing. yes i agree going from amd to nvidia and vice versa makes DDU useful.. but nowadays just upgrading from a 1060 to a 1080 is easy as swapping.
PCGamesN (14 days ago)
gunlap That doesn't really sound like it was the software that managed to irrevocably brick your two drives to me, but without knowing the status of your drives, PSU, and system beforehand it's difficult to say what would do that. Unfortunately it's not always as simple as swapping the card out and hey presto, sometimes it is, but sometimes there are driver clashes between AMD and Nvidia drivers that can't be fixed just with Windows 10. And that's where DDU comes in handy.
gunlap (14 days ago)
PCGamesN nvidia drivers, uninstall and shut down. after that, bios couldnt read ssd or hdd. everything was fine prior. bottom line, u dont need these silly programs for a "clean install". swap out, swap in, and be done with it. u never know what uninstallers can do to ur pc. i know for a fact it messed up my drives because i tried using 3 different psu's and still nothing
PCGamesN (14 days ago)
gunlap What did DDU specifically do to mess up your drives? We've been using the program for years with awkward installs without any issue.
Fabfour (16 days ago)
really? next video is, how to pay in a store.
Inkz (17 days ago)
I need help please ASAP. I rebooted my computer into safe mode but now I just have a black screen. I’m getting kinda worried pls help
Just F2O (17 days ago)
Simpler than I thought it was
Wert (1 month ago)
Thank you this really helped a lot!
Merchaant (1 month ago)
I have... Motherboard - ASUS H110 Plus RAM - ADATA XPG 288 Pin DDR4 2400 GPU - MSI GTX 1060 3GB CPU - Intel i7-7700 3.6Ghz CPU Cooler - AVC 80mm Case Fans - AVC 120mm Power Supply - Allied 500W Non Modular SSD - ADATA SU600 120GB HDD - Western Digital Blue 1TB 7200 RPM Could I upgrade to a GTX 1080 without issues?
Merchaant (1 month ago)
PCGamesN Thanks :D
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
Merchaant depending on the PCIe power connectors from your PSU, and the space inside your case, that shouldn't be a problem. Your CPU might hold back performance a touch, but not a huge amount as it's an i7.
basedandrea (1 month ago)
Can you upgrade your computer whenever? Or do you have to upgrade it before you use it ?
James Potter (1 month ago)
So, what does happens when you install a NVIDIA GPU and have AMD drivers installed?
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
James Potter No worries!
James Potter (1 month ago)
Thank you, was actually having trouble with nothing displaying. Appreciate the reply
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
James Potter sometimes it'll happily run the basic Windows driver until you install the GeForce drivers, and sometimes you won't get any video output at all. To be honest it's just easier clean uninstalling the Radeon drivers first just in case.
DaVeCSPr0 TM (2 months ago)
Do you think my i5 2500 could run a gtx 1060 graphics card
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Absolutely, and you'll probably be surprised at just how capable it is! :) We upgraded an old stock-clocked Core i5 2500K rig, which without overclocking is very similar to the straight 2500, and stuck a GTX 1060 inside it, and the results were great. You can check out the video here: https://youtu.be/e0Yu2xKxuEw?t=1m51s We were going from an old 560 Ti, but still the CPU was more than capable of delivering on most of the GTX 1060's promise.
Wee Mad Max B (2 months ago)
Thanks guys
iN-Sane (2 months ago)
I have an AMD rx 580 4gb and I'm upgrading to an AMD xfx rx 580 8gb, would it use the same drivers or do I still need to uninstall the old drivers?
iN-Sane (2 months ago)
Okay thank you!
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
iN-Sane It will use the same drivers, but there will be a more modern driver package I'd recommend updating to when you do install the new card.
Sniipx (2 months ago)
Hi PCGAMESN! I'm upgrading from a Radeon HD 8470D To A GTX1050TI 4GB DDR5 128Bit Do I Have To install Nvidia GeForce for it to work?
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Sniipx Hello! Yes, you will need to install Nvidia's GeForce drivers for it to work, but I'd recommend uninstalling the AMD drivers with Display Driver Uninstaller before you install the new GeForce drivers.
Ben (2 months ago)
I got an Acer Predator PC. I'm planning on upgrading from the GTX 950 to a GTX 1060. There is enough power to run it, but don't know if it'll fit.
Ben (2 months ago)
PCGamesN thanks for the info! :)
Ben (2 months ago)
PCGamesN thanks for the info! :)
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Ben You can buy really small GTX 1060 cards with the same power as the standard versions. They're also possibly the cheapest versions at the moment too and I'm pretty sure they'll fit a chassis which held a 950.
Absolute Kills (2 months ago)
I would like some help, i have a gt 610, i5 3330 and not sure of the power supply but i would like to upgrade to a gtx 1050 ti, would i be able to do that without killing my pc
Absolute Kills (2 months ago)
Yeah im gonna get the ti and i have a power output of 430w
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Absolute Kills You would need to check the Wattage of your power supply. It should say on the side, so you'll be able to tell by taking the side off your case and looking inside. Anything around 400W will be fine and if you choose a 1050 Ti with no extra power connections it'll just take all its juice from the motherboard without needing cables from your PSU.
Jonathan Rivera (3 months ago)
So I want to upgrade my gpu to play Games like squad Any recommendations for a gpu for squad I’m currently have a cpu of amd fx6300 and 400 w power supply
PCGamesN (3 months ago)
Jonathan Rivera at the moment GPU pricing is rather crazy, but for Squad a GTX 1050 Ti will probably be a pretty decent option.
Stephen Jones (3 months ago)
Just because you said "non-gender-determinate", I'm not watching this video
PCGamesN (3 months ago)
VideoWarlord (3 months ago)
Guy on left is hot as fuck
I have a problem. I can't afford them
dawwelin (3 months ago)
How to REPLACE* your pc ghrapics card.
Mr Youtube (1 month ago)
PCGamesN BOOM roasted
PCGamesN (3 months ago)
dawwelin *GRAPHICS
Filaa (4 months ago)
wow i dont have enough strong power supply and i dont know how to change it😒
PCGamesN (3 months ago)
Dang, you will need to upgrade, I'm afraid. We posted a short how to video a couple of weeks back which might help if you choose to upgrade. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjN7eHf3A5s
Filaa (3 months ago)
PCGamesN 250 W
PCGamesN (4 months ago)
Filaa do you know what Wattage your current PSU is? Many GTX 1050 cards don't need extra connections and can be run directly from the graphics card socket on the motherboard.
Filaa (4 months ago)
PCGamesN Okay,thanks😁Also i don’t know what is the best power supply for gtx 1050 i want a good one but not too expensive.I dont really know much about power supply
PCGamesN (4 months ago)
Filaa replacing your power supply isn't that tough, but does require unplugging everything, and that can be a bit daunting. Stay turned for a video guide soon.
Roku Playz (4 months ago)
I just bought a computer without a graphics card and has integrated graphics, so when installing my gtx 1050 do I need to check if there are previous drivers or am I okay to just pop the card in and install the latest driver?
Roku Playz (4 months ago)
PCGamesN that's awesome, thx
PCGamesN (4 months ago)
Roku Playz with integrated drivers you should be fine to just install the Nvidia drivers on top.
HyperNova (5 months ago)
i need to upgrade my pc i got a decent cpu but a really bad graphics card which is nvidia 9200 integrated and 4 ram
Thomas Robinson (5 months ago)
I have a: amd athlon x4 860K (3.8GHz) XFX HD 7770 (1GB, 1.1GHz) 8GB RAM Windows 10 pro and get about 20fps in PUBG; due to financial reasons the best graphics card for my budget is the GTX 1050ti, do you think that it would benefit the performance enough for me to spend the money? or is there a better graphics card that would be better if i were to save up longer?
PCGamesN (5 months ago)
Yeah, you'll get a bit of an FPS bump with the GTX 1050 Ti, especially with the 4GB VRAM over the HD 7770's 1GB version.
Thomas Robinson (5 months ago)
PCGamesN ah ok. so just to clarify, do you think with my set up a gtx 1050ti would improve FPS in games like PUBG?
PCGamesN (5 months ago)
Thomas Robinson the tough thing is that graphics card pricing is hugely inflated right now, because of mining demands and manufacturing problems, so it's really difficult recommending cards at the moment. The GTX 1050 Ti is a decent budget 1080p GPU, but only if you can get it for under $150 / £120. But that's a faint hope right now :(
Joe Cunningham (5 months ago)
Really helpful thanks!
PCGamesN (5 months ago)
Joe Cunningham glad to be of service! :)
Travis T (5 months ago)
Lol crosshead screwdriver. It's called a Phillips screwdriver lol
Travis T (5 months ago)
LOL yes, yes it is
PCGamesN (5 months ago)
Nah, we call it a flibberty head. Isn't language fun? ;)
Travis T (5 months ago)
PCGamesN I assume you also call a Robertson a square head screwdriver lol
PCGamesN (5 months ago)
Travis T AKA, a crosshead screwdriver. LOL.
David Newby (5 months ago)
Replace that corsair vs 450 psu in the video it is a low end cheap power supply to a Seasonic or XFX
PCGamesN (5 months ago)
David Newby thanks, we were just using one of our low-end office machines to show the basics of upgrading your graphics card, not which PSU you should install in your rig. Check out our component guide for which power supplies we recommend for a full gaming PC build. https://www.pcgamesn.com/best-gaming-pc
Anteee 89 (5 months ago)
i have an 350 Watts psu and Intel core i7-6700 and 8 gbs of ddr4 ram. Do i need to uppgrade psu or not?
Derrick Hiebert (5 months ago)
Enjoyed your vid, installing as we speak.
PCGamesN (5 months ago)
Derrick Hiebert thanks! Hope that install went well :)
Ewan Dowd (6 months ago)
What is wrong with the guy on the left he is looking at us every second wtf!!!
Minki (6 months ago)
Do you think i will be able to upgrade to a GTX 1050 from a I5 750 and R7 240 2gb? I have a 255w dell psu and thats where im worried. I think i should be able to because I5-95w TDP, GPU-75W TDP=170w and 85w for everything else
Minki (6 months ago)
PCGamesN I know it recommends 300W but i will first try it on my PSU if it doesn't work i will buy a new one, what is better, a expensive-ish EVGA 500w or a cheap (probably chinese) 700w because i know they can explode and things but double the power needed shouldnt stress it enough to explode or light on fire?
PCGamesN (6 months ago)
ZeNiX you might be able to get away with it, but the Nvidia rec. PSU is 300W. It might be touch and go.
Sivr (6 months ago)
I’m scared about the drivers, after I uninstall the drivers and restart my pc will it get the BSOD?
PCGamesN (6 months ago)
Sivr Yes, a 500W PSU should be okay, though you will need to make sure it's got enough PCIe power connectors to plug into the RX 580 you're looking at.
Sivr (6 months ago)
PCGamesN ok I’m not, thanks. I have another question. Can a 500 W Power Supply handle a RX 580? I have a 560 and are going to be upgrading.
PCGamesN (6 months ago)
Sivr If you're not switching between AMD and Nvidia then you can just leave the old drivers in place... if you're scared 😉
Hatchett (6 months ago)
Hey. Should my GPU be plugged in (from the 6 pin power plug) when using the DDU to uninstall drivers? Is it necessary or will it work without? My problem is that my GPU (R9 270X) wont display to my monitor (I get an 'out of range' error on multiple monitors) and so I am currently using the default basic windows display adapter to use my PC through VGA. I've had my GPU 3 years now. When I plug in the GPU it automatically enables the graphics card and so I receive a blank screen of which I cant operate. I am trying to fresh install the correct drivers and removing the originals first, but with the graphics card powered I cant operate the PC due to 'no signal', hence I'm using windows basis display adapter. Perhaps my HDMI port on my GPU is broke? Does the GPU need to be powered (from the 6 pin power plug) when using DDU to uninstall drivers? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Idris _ (6 months ago)
What should be done if the fans do not spin while booting up or doesn't boot up at all?
Scott Taylor (6 months ago)
My old card won't come out
PCGamesN (6 months ago)
Scott Taylor It might be because on the PCIe socket there will be little retaining hooks on the end of the socket furthest away from the back of your PC. If you push your graphics card back down into the slot again, you should be able to push down on the retaining clip with a screwdriver to release it and lift the card out. .
prenticeandrew11 (6 months ago)
Thanks for the video guys. First simple, straight to the point guide I've found. Subscribed!
AssaultMode (7 months ago)
Can you remove the old graphics card without using a ddu or anything of the sort?
PCGamesN (7 months ago)
AssaultMode yes, you can just uninstall the graphics drivers via Windows instead. But, especially if you're switching between Nvidia and AMD, you can eliminate a lot of potential problems by using DDU to clean your OS out first.
Enrique Gaxiola (7 months ago)
I have an Intel Xeon e3 1240 and a 400 wat power supply and I currently have a nvidia quadro graphics card and i want to replace that with a new GTX 1060 6gb will i be able to play all games at decent FPS.
Jp Slayer (7 months ago)
I need some assistance I'm going to purchase a new gtx 1060 on amazon, right now I have a 600w power supply and an i5 6500 processor with 8gb would I be able to run this graphics card fine with no issues what so ever?
TheLimited Gaming (20 days ago)
Bimmer M3 I got a core i5 and I'm upgrading to a 770 today, also 8 Gb ram extra so I'll have 12 Gb, anyways upgrade cpu first to an i5
Bimmer M3 (22 days ago)
Anyone know if I were to buy an i7 8700 would it be bad with my 760 gtx 4gb or should I do what my friend said and first upgrade my gpu, I have an fx 6300 for cpu, or would an i5 be as good and cheaper
Echo X (1 month ago)
Jp Slayer (6 months ago)
I sold it back and got a 1070ti instead lol
Varcx (6 months ago)
Yes, although make sure the graphics card can actually fit in the case your putting it in. Other then that, everything should work. Don't forget to re-install your drivers! :)
Lakshay Popli (9 months ago)
gimme your old graphics card :(
Sander AM (14 days ago)
They can give it to me I have a AMD radeon HD 7700 series :(
Hammad Suhail (1 month ago)
haha which one do you have right now?
1Stunna2323 (9 months ago)
So I need to uninstall the old drivers first then install the new graphics card? Linus Tech Tips installed the new graphics card first then uninstalled DDU. Which method is correct?
PCGamesN (9 months ago)
1Stunna2323 yeah, we'd recommend using DDU to uninstall your old drivers in safe mode first, then shut down your machine and install the new card. Doing it that way round means that you can be sure to have all the residual driver data removed before your new card gets anywhere near your rig. Putting the new card in first means you may have to do some messing around to even get your machine into safe mode, especially if you're switching from AMD to Nvidia, or vice versa and trying to boot with the competition's software installed.
AfterEffectsGamer (10 months ago)
I have an a10 6800k processor. Should I upgrade to an rx 560?
PCGamesN (10 months ago)
AfterEffectsGamer if the A10 is the only graphics your machine is using then you'll get a nice, relatively cheap upgrade with a 560. You should be able to do decent 1080p gaming with that.
Pranav Jayanthi (10 months ago)
I'm still unsure as to what I should do with the current graphic drivers. I currently own a GTX 760 OEM and want to replace it with a 1060. I have thoroughly inspected my system and found out that it is, indeed, possible for an upgrade. So I got the new card now and would it be enough if I just uninstalled the NVIDIA graphic drivers from my computer? Would you recommend using the Display Driver Uninstaller instead?
PCGamesN (10 months ago)
Yeah, you should be okay to just uninstall Nvidia drivers from Windows if you're going from GeForce to GeForce. You'd actually probably be okay just dropping in your new card and updating the drivers without uninstalling first, but it's good practice to give it a little cleanup. DDU though is super-useful for completely cleaning things when you're switching from AMD to Nvidia, or vice versa. You're going to be in for a world of gorgeous gaming going from a 760 to a 1060 too! Excited for you :)
kondziu124 (11 months ago)
Is it worth buying MSI Gaming RX 580 Gaming + and change it from Msi gaming R270X 4gb?
PCGamesN (10 months ago)
kondziu124 it really depends how much the card is at your retailer of choice. If you can get a 580 for less than $250 then it's definitely a worthy upgrade. But at the moment Radeon cards are really tough to find at a decent price. At $300 or more they're too expensive compared with a GTX 1060.
Irishgamer01 (11 months ago)
Robbing a bank would be a good place to start........
Christian R (3 months ago)
Irishgamer01 (11 months ago)
Malikai Madray (11 months ago)
I wish I could get a GTX 1050 to upgrade my pc
PogZ Mc (20 days ago)
lol i hope its " GTX 1080"
Hammad Suhail (1 month ago)
haha which graphics card do you have right now?
tom smith (11 months ago)
Stop saying ummmmmm

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