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May 22, 2013 2:28:06 PM

hi guys, new to the forums and whole pc upgrading scene after many years of a laptop enthusiast. ordered a new pc which i plan to upgrade over the next few months mainly for gaming but also occasional cad-cam design work and the odd video conversion or so. specs so far:
AMD FX 6300 six core @3.5ghz (plan to O.C to around 4.2ghz depending on temps).
4gb corsair vengance 1600mhz ram (plan to upgrade to 8gb).
500gb seagate hard drive at 7200rpm.
gigabyte 78mlt-s2p motherboard (integrated amd radeon 3000 graphics, pretty awful but a starting point at least).
some 'no-make' 500w power supply.

my first question is that i was given a pegatron/radeon 230gt graphics card by a friend that i plan to install (all being well) and i know it isnt the most powerful graphics card in the world but it will tide me over for a few months being only a casual gamer. however, i am unsure as to whether this graphics card needs a power supply, there are no 6 pin connectors anywhere and no other cables came with the card (my friend may still be using it, i am not sure) and i was hoping maybe someone could give me some help as to whether there is a cable out there that i will need. also, will this graphics card work alongside the integrated 3000 graphics or will i need to disable the onboard gpu to get best performance? i know some amds work in crossfire but im not sure if these particular models do. the only games i play regularly are flight simulator x (very cpu intensive, hence a larger proportion of my budget being on the cpu), test drive unlimited 2 and gta (not very demanding of anything).

ive been playing all of the above games on my laptop with specs:
intel i7-3250m @ 2.9ghz (turbo to 3.6/3.4 if 1/2 cores active), 6gb ram and intel hd 4000 graphics on mid settings but is beginning to struggle with only around 30fps.

general help would be greatly appreciated as to whether this card requires a power supply or works off the pci slot, and if it will work alongside the integrated 3000 graphics.
regards,
adam

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May 22, 2013 2:40:01 PM

The card gets all its power from the PCIe slot, so you don't have to worry about power cables. You'll have to disable the onboard graphics, but that's crap anyway.

The only real issue here is the no-name power supply. That could spell trouble for your whole computer.

Edit: No, actually the motherboard doesn't seem to support that CPU either. So you'd want a different motherboard too.
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May 22, 2013 2:43:41 PM

thanks i will install it tomorrow.
well, on the description of the pc it simply says 'branded 500w power supply', so until i receive the pc (tomorrow hopefully if parcelforce keep to claims of 24hour delivery), im not actually sure which brand it may be. I will post tomorrow which make and model it is, it was reasonably cheap so i am guessing they wont be using a high end psu. will update tomorrow or friday, cheers.
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May 22, 2013 2:45:07 PM

well the company who has built the pc should know which motherboards support which cpu's. It was a 'pre-set' build on ebay so I had no input into which motherboard to use. I will test it thoroughly when it arrives and if unsatisfactory, i will definately be sending it back.

edit: the fx 6300 is now supported on the latest revisions (5.x) so i am hoping the motherboard supplied with the pc is one of the latest ones with bios f3
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May 22, 2013 2:49:48 PM

Oh okay. It just doesn't show up on the CPU support list at Gigabyte's site. Should be alright if it's in a prebuilt system.
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May 22, 2013 2:52:03 PM

http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-p...

the fx-6300 is supported after bios f3. and yes i am hoping those who build the computers know more about it than i do, otherwise it would be a complete mess. referring to your earlier post, how can i disable the onboard integrated graphics? i will be using windows 7 ultimate x64 if it depends on OS.
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May 22, 2013 4:04:54 PM

AdamSpencer95 said:
http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-p...

the fx-6300 is supported after bios f3. and yes i am hoping those who build the computers know more about it than i do, otherwise it would be a complete mess. referring to your earlier post, how can i disable the onboard integrated graphics? i will be using windows 7 ultimate x64 if it depends on OS.

Ah, I was looking at an earlier PCB revision.

There should be an option in BIOS to disable the integrated graphics.
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