Solved switching from graphicscard on motherboard, to slip intype

May 29, 2012 at 16:51:50
Specs: Windows 7 home premium 64bit, 4gigs, 3.9GHz ATI
If I install a ATI Radeon 6450 Silence 1 GB DDR3 video card in my computer, will i have to enter the bios to disable the current one i have, which is on my motherboard, or would i be able to install the 6450 and just download the most recent drivers? i currently have a radeon 3000 graphics card

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May 29, 2012 at 17:53:36
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Some boards will auto-disable the integrated graphics when a discrete graphics card is detected, but you should still check the BIOS because there are other settings that may need to be changed.

What was the purpose of the upgrade? The HD 6450 is a low end card. It's OK for general purpose/home theater use, but it's not much of a gaming card.

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May 29, 2012 at 19:15:21
In most cases (for mboards made after the early 90's) there is no setting in the bios that actually disables the onboard video - the onboard video is disabled automatically when there is a video card installed in an AGP or PCI-E X16 slot.
(The only exception to that, that I know of, is when the mboard has onboard video and the main chipset is a recent one that supports Hybrid video - both the onboard video and the video on a card in a PCI-E X16 slot working at the same time.)
It's NOT disabled automatically in any case when there's video card in a PCI slot.

If you haven't bought a graphics card yet,....

Go to a web site that has relative benchmarks of the performance of the different video cards (video chipsets).

This one - it shows you approximate prices of the cards on the right side in many cases.

Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

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May 30, 2012 at 15:49:35
the upgrading of the card is so i will be able to play gta 4 and possibly 5 with lots of mods and tweaked settings
...also what would you suggest as to be a good card within the 6000 series?

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May 30, 2012 at 18:39:39
As riider said

'The HD 6450 is a low end card. It's OK for general purpose/home theater use, but it's not much of a gaming card."

See the last two parts of response 2.

I recommend you buy a video card with the best performance for a price you're willing to pay, but keep in mind you must determine what the minimum recommended power supply is for the video chipset.

On top of that, when you search for a video card with a particular video chipset, this time of year there are often some sales or mail-in rebates for some of them.

If your power supply's capacity is already, say, 500 watts or more, you probably don't need to buy one with more capacity for any single video card these days.

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