Swapping Graphics cards

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magnocain

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My current desktop has an awful graphics card (ATI Radeon 3000 Graphics, 256 Mb), and I have been wanting a new one I can play games, but the newer ones have to be played on minimum settings. On Black Friday, my family bought a new desktop PC. The other day, I noticed that the specs of the graphics card (AMD Radeon HD 6410D Graphics) on the new PC was better than the one in mine! I want to swap the two cards. I would be able to play games better on my PC with this new card. My family would benefit my being able to watch the PC the the big TV downstairs (my old card has an HDMI port, where the new one does not).

I want to know if I can just swap them out. Could it really be that simple? I'm am afraid that I will permanently ruin both PCs. I don't much experience with graphics cards, and any tips would be much appreciated.

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Most consumer level desktops come with integrated graphics and not a video card.

Have you determined if both desktops have a video card?

If they do, do they use the same type slot - PCI, AGP, PCI Express, etc.?

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magnocain

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It is looking like both are integrated. There goes that idea. I guess that I'll just have to buy a new one.
 

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I suspected one or both desktops had integrated graphics.

If you plan to install a video card in the older desktop, make sure the power supply can handle it.

If the power supply can't handle it, the desktop won't start or the monitor won't display or you may have other issues.

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