Removing a graphics card is a procedure that, in all probability, you will do several times with your computers. Especially if we talk about gamers users, who tend to change them with a certain frequency. Fortunately, this process is usually especially straightforward on a modern system. And, as a rule, it does not usually take more than 10 minutes to perform this entire procedure. So, let’s get down to business.
Tools To Removing A Graphics Card
Before starting all our work, we must have the necessary tools to be able to work. This means that we will need:
Antistatic Wristband: Necessary to ground ourselves with our PC, avoiding electrical sparks due to the accumulation of static electricity in our body.
Screwdriver: This type of star head is the one that is usually used for the screws that will later attach the graphics card to our PC case.
Removing The Graphics Card
In theory, the steps for disassembling the graphics card should be the same as those for assembly. Only in the reverse order. However, there are a couple of steps in it that are very important to perform correctly so as not to damage the motherboard and/or the graphics itself. So we are going to list them, in the correct order.
- Shut down the computer.
- Turn off the power supply, disconnecting the wall.
- Put on the anti-shock bracelet.
- Release the video signal cables from the graphic to our monitor.
- Disconnect the auxiliary power cables from the graph, if any.
- Remove the screws that hold the graphics to the chassis.
- PCIe x16 slots usually have a latch on their right end. You must make sure to press or move said latch or, otherwise, you will not be able to remove the graphics card from the PCIe x16 slot on the motherboard.
Having followed these steps, you can now remove the graphic from the slot where it is without problems.