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Post Date: 2016-06-18

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    Posted: 18 Jun 2016 at 4:55am
How hard is it to add a second gpu or upgrade current one?

OH my gosh no no, its very difficult, j/k

Its very simple to do, I/we can show/teach you how to do it in 2 minutes.


It is very easy to do, you just buy the video card:

1. Disconnect the power cord of your pc from the wall, open side panel and wait till all the lights on the mobo are off then(one minute should do it):

2. Look at your mobo, it will look something like the pic below, but yours will have one gpu in it already, below pic does not have any gpus yet:



Now here is what your gpu will kina look like, this one is a evga 980 gtx:





3. Now line up the gpu with the pci lane and put/push the gpu in the pci lane:



And you should endup with something like this:





4. Then you just grab the sli bridge that should have come with your extra stuff with the pc, "Hard" sli bridge is not bendable and is straight, the one below is a "soft" sli bridge, which can bend in the middle a bit:



Here is the sli port of the gpu:



You take each end and stick one in each gpu, so it kinda looks like this:







5. Connect the power cables already there for the gpu, to the gpu, this guide uses cards that take 6pin or 8 pin connectors like this:




But depending on the gpu you are getting your connectors might be 6 pin or 8 pin, so check to see what your card takes, this guide is using 980/1080 gtx as an example. If you are not sure what you need, just simply make a post in the hardware section of the forum and we can tell you what your gpu takes/needs.

You take them and simply stick it in the 6 or 8 pin socket in the gpu:



And you endup kinda like this (coloring of connectors can be different, this is just an example):



6. Connect the psu back to the wall, turn pc on, you may or may not need to reinstall gpu drivers.


That whole things from the time you open side panel to the time you close it because you are done, should take 2 minutes, give or take a minute.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Jun 2016 at 5:01am
So, that's how it's done.   

Good info, DST, and easy to follow.    

Someone should sticky this thread so it doesn't slowly disappear.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Jun 2016 at 5:05am
I will see if Alex wants to sticky it.

I had one before but stupid imageshack deleted all my images, so this time I hosted them all on DS so they are not going anywhere.

MY HDD install guide is suffering from the same problem.

At least now we can just point users here that want to change or upgrade gpu.


thank you for the support

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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Jun 2016 at 5:09am
Yeah, linking this will be a lot easier than explaining it numerous times over the year.    

Nice.
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  Quote Vulcan4 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Jun 2016 at 5:19am
Awesome 'job', DST4ME!!
This is very informative and very helpful for those like me who has been out of the PC building, upgrading loop for several yrs (Personally, I've been "out of the Loop" for around 6 to 7 years. So, in a way, I am 'new' to a lot of this as things sure did change RAPIDLY during my hibernation). lolololzz... :D

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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Jun 2016 at 5:22am
My pleasure guys thank you for the kind words
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Jun 2016 at 9:46am
We do have a video guide as well on this on YouTube:

I will move this thread to the Support Guides section.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Jun 2016 at 10:01am
Nice. Awesome
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  Quote hoserator Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Jun 2016 at 11:29am
Go DST4MEAwesome. Very clear and with pictures!Excited
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Jun 2016 at 8:24pm
Thank you Alex and everyone, Hopefully it will help a few people and make it easier for us to just point to this thread when people ask about upgrading video card.

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  Quote Onkel_Ken Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jul 2016 at 5:22pm
Very nice DST4ME!
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jul 2016 at 8:11pm
Thank you Onkel_Ken
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