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Newly Built PC Graphics Card isn't working right

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June 16, 2014 7:39:27 PM

Specs-
Motherboard: Z97MX-Gaming 5 (GIGABYTE)
Processor: Intel Core i5-4670k
Hard Drive: Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB
Power Supply: EVGA 600 B
Memory: 8GB Ballistix 2 - 4GB DDR3 - 1600
Graphics Card: Radeon R9 280X (Definitely isn't working to its potential league of legends gets 17-19 FPS on Medium graphic settings)
Case: Fractal Core 3000
Wireless Adapter: Linksys AC1200 Wireless-AC USB Adapter

So basically I can't even run league of legends with a graphics card like that on medium settings.. I am getting 18 FPS which is horrible. I feel like the graphics card isn't being used and the processers graphics card is being used instead... I don't know, this was my first computer build so I am surprised I got as far as I did. As for the drivers I downloaded all the ones from the disks and they all seem to be up to date. I need help please any feedback is greatly appreciated!
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a c 193 U Graphics card
June 16, 2014 7:42:07 PM

Is your cpu getting hot or running slow?
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June 16, 2014 7:45:53 PM

You must plug the VGA cord to the graphics card or if your VGA cord is already connected to the graphics card, install the latest drivers for your graphics card.
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June 16, 2014 7:55:26 PM

No it isn't getting hot or slow, and it is plugged into the graphics card and i'm pretty sure I have the latest drivers.
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a b * Windows 8
a c 193 U Graphics card
June 16, 2014 7:58:45 PM

What temp and clock is the cpu running at?
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June 16, 2014 8:06:57 PM

I don't know how to check that but I think I disabled the processers graphics card in the bios.
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a b * Windows 8
a c 193 U Graphics card
June 16, 2014 8:08:44 PM

Or are you just running integrated graphics - from the mobo output to the monitor?
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June 16, 2014 8:14:44 PM

What? I am not sure what they means.
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a b * Windows 8
a c 193 U Graphics card
June 16, 2014 10:01:04 PM

Integrated graphics is built into your cpu and it uses some of your ram to run. Its not very powerful. You use it by connecting your monitor to one of the video ports on the back of your pc from the motherboard (mobo). It's not very powerful.

Your R9 280x will be a hundred times more powerful.

To switch from using one or the other you have to go into Bios.

Where does the lead for the monitor run from - the graphics card or the motherboard?
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June 17, 2014 4:28:10 PM

i7Baby said:
Integrated graphics is built into your cpu and it uses some of your ram to run. Its not very powerful. You use it by connecting your monitor to one of the video ports on the back of your pc from the motherboard (mobo). It's not very powerful.

Your R9 280x will be a hundred times more powerful.

To switch from using one or the other you have to go into Bios.

Where does the lead for the monitor run from - the graphics card or the motherboard?


That's what I fear... I feel as if the integrated graphics card is being used and my R9 280x isn't being used at all. I do not know how to activate the R9 280x and I don't know how to disable the integrated graphics card. If you can provide me with step by step instructions on doing so, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you all for your time.
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a b * Windows 8
a c 193 U Graphics card
June 17, 2014 4:49:02 PM

To switch from using one or the other you have to go into Bios.

Read your motherboard manual. Download it if you don't have one.
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June 19, 2014 5:13:30 PM

i7Baby said:
To switch from using one or the other you have to go into Bios.

Read your motherboard manual. Download it if you don't have one.


I did that.. it is using my r9 280x and I STILL drop down from 60 FPS to 16 FPS once the minions spawn in league of legends. I can only get back up to 60 FPS when I put the settings to low. This does not make sense. I am positive my r9 is selected and I also disabled the integrated graphics in the bios.
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a b * Windows 8
a c 193 U Graphics card
June 19, 2014 7:18:31 PM

OK -If you're sure you're now using the 280x then it should run alright.

What speed is your cpu running at?

Put your pc specs into - http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=17114&g...
and see if you can use their recommended settings. And what fps you should get.
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June 20, 2014 8:01:20 AM

i7Baby said:
OK -If you're sure you're now using the 280x then it should run alright.

What speed is your cpu running at?

Put your pc specs into - http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=17114&g...
and see if you can use their recommended settings. And what fps you should get.


I am way above at nearly 400% (Relative Hardware Analysis) for my CPU... Over 400% for my GPU and at 200% for my RAM. I am way above ultra settings too, so it should work easily. My old computer with a graphics card that was about 4 years old was able to run league maxed out. Now my brand new r9 280x cant even run league on anything higher than low settings without having my FPS drop from 60 to 16. It says here on my graphics card box.. UEFI BIOS ready onboard UEFI BIOS.. not sure what that means.
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June 20, 2014 8:04:59 AM

i7Baby said:
OK -If you're sure you're now using the 280x then it should run alright.

What speed is your cpu running at?

Put your pc specs into - http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=17114&g...
and see if you can use their recommended settings. And what fps you should get.


Oh my god.... I may have found the problem.. Maybe my GPU isn't getting enough power. Because while I was looking at the box it says XFX Radeon R9 Series System Requirements and it says 750W (or greater) power supply with one 150W 8-pin PCI Express power connector and one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector recommended. Now I have my computer running on 600W is that not enough to full power my graphics card?
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a b * Windows 8
a c 193 U Graphics card
June 20, 2014 4:52:46 PM

An R9 280x only needs 600W. The EVGA psu should be fine.

What speed is your cpu running at?
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June 21, 2014 7:02:44 AM

i7Baby said:
An R9 280x only needs 600W. The EVGA psu should be fine.

What speed is your cpu running at?


How do I check that?
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a b * Windows 8
a c 193 U Graphics card
June 21, 2014 7:29:08 AM

In Bios - use your UEFI.
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