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Need help getting my PC to read this graphics card

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#1 chronozerox


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 02:28 PM

Here are my specs- AMD Athlon 64 X2 6,000+ Processor, Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-s2H Mother Board, on board ATI Radeon HD 3200 card, and 4 gigs of ram.

This is on my other PC. Problem is this PC doesn't play some of the games it used to very well because of games like WoW having expansions every couple years. My friends have always built my PCs for me so I have little knowledge in these things. I have a Geforce 9800 GTX+ graphics card in it that I thought was the issue until I discovered that my computer was not reading that graphics card and was only reading the Radeon 3200 card.

Is there a way for me to find out why it won't read my graphics card? A way for me to find out if my other parts just won't work with that graphics card and will someone recommend me one that will? MY buddy thinks I should just buy a whole new computer, but I'd rather not spend $600 for a new PC when I don't use it as my main. I just want it to play games like WoW on medium settings at least. He's not 100% why it won't run my graphics card either. He thinks it might be because of my power supply being 650 watts that it doesn't have enough power to run it.

Here's the graphics card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339
Here's the mother board- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128090
Here's the processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103773


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Posted 25 September 2013 - 10:37 PM

Should be just fine on a 650 watt PSU. That card should be just fine with 450 watt PSU or 550 watt if you want to run SLI.


Most likely you need to go into the BIOS (system setup) and change it from using the onboard graphics to PCIe graphics. Usually you press F2 or DEL key at the first screen that appears when you power on. You can download the owner manual (if you don't have the actual print one that ships with the board) and it will show you how there.

You will need a .pdf reader for it. Adobe Reader would do, or I use FoxIt Reader.



As far as your buddy telling you to buy a new system, you probably don't need to. But if you plan to upgrade it might be cheaper to just buy a whole new setup than to upgrade that one.

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