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Installing PCI Expansion Cards

You may want to have installed additional PCI cards, such as TV tuner cards, sound card, Ethernet card etc., onto your motherboards for additional performance and functionality.

All PCI cards are physically installed the same way. With modern motherboards, which slots you decide to use should not matter, but it is a good idea to space your expansion cards out in order to help with case ventilation. Simply insert the card firmly into an empty PCI slot. It should sit evenly once inserted, with only a fraction of the gold traces on the bottom of the card visible. Then screw the card into the expansion bracket on the computer case.