thanks for the advice. just want to clarify something. i should uninstall the current integrated video card drivers? if after the first 2 steps is done and i still don't detect the graphics card (which i believe my monitor will be blank at this point because you suggest i hook the monitor cable to the video card), should i switch it back to the original port? Won't uninstalling the integrated graphics drivers make my monitor go blank when i replug it in?
also hsetir suggested that i connect the 6pin power connector to the psu...i didn't realize that i have to do that. is this necessary? i thought most video cards will work with just simply putting it into the pci-e slot.
Thanks for helping!