I received a can I upgrade my graphics card question from a viewer on my Anet Computers YouTube channel. They have a Lenovo ThinkCentre M90Z all in one computer. This person wants to install a GTX 1050 TI graphics card.
Can I add GTX 1050 TI graphics card to lenovo M90Z.
The problem with this scenario is that he has an all in one computer. Generally speaking all in one computers are not really designed for major upgrades. You can upgrade say the hard drive and Random Access Memory, but when it comes to upgrading video cards it usually is impossible.
To answer his question, can I upgrade my graphics card, no you cannot install a GTX 1050 TI graphics card into this Lenovo ThinkCentre M90Z all in one computer. This graphics card requires a Peripheral Component Interconnect express 3.0 card. The motherboard on the Lenovo Thinkcentre M90z does NOT have the required slot from limited information available on the Internet.
PCIe x 16 card slots are longer ones than PCIe x 1 card slots. If he indeed has an all in one computer than he will not be able to upgrade from the current integrated video card. Tauqeer will need a desktop computer that supports PCIe 3.0 and with a PCIe x 16 slot.
You can use a website like PCPartPicker.com to pick computer parts. This website for example will match a GTX 1050 TI graphics card with a compatible motherboard. I recommend you learn how to open up computers so that you can match computer parts with their required slots, cases, and motherboards.
Just because a website lists a part that is compatible with a certain motherboard, does NOT mean that you will get the right part. I purchase computer parts by verifying specifications:
* verify specifications of computer part
* verify specifications of computer case
* verify specifications of motherboard
Buy computer parts when upgrading your computer is similar to buying automotive parts. If you purchase the wrong part, you have just wasted time and potential money. You can perform quick Google searches of exact computer model number, motherboard, and video card.
About Author Aaron J. Berg
Aaron J. Berg is the owner of Anet Computers, host of the Reality PC podcast, and blogger at AnetComputers.com. For over thirteen years, he worked for fortune 500 companies and the United States Federal government supporting computers. Now he helps you solve your most common computer problems.