Installing New Graphics Cards with Onboard Video/Graphic Cards

By hydrablue · 11 replies
Nov 8, 2007
  1. Hi there,

    My computer came with a VIA/S3G UniChrome IGP card, which is apparently a Graphics/Video Card with onboard video (or the other way around, video w/ onboard graphics) Now, this is a terrible card- it can barely play any modern games. I want to get a new graphics card, but I'm concerned if I install a new Graphics Card, that because of the onboard video, it will affect this greatly, or if I actually need a video card instead of graphics. What do I actually need, and will it adversely affect anything on my PC.

    I can provide more information if you want...
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    We need to know what mobo you have and what slots it has.
  3. hydrablue

    hydrablue TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm assuming Mobo is motherboard? If so, how do I find this stuff out? (I'm terrible with this stuff.)
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Yup, mobo=motherboard. The manual is a good place to start.

    If you dont have a manual then go to and get it to scan your system. That should tell you exactly what you have.
  5. hydrablue

    hydrablue TS Rookie Topic Starter

    According to the thing...

    Your MSI (Micro Star) MS-7071 (PM8M2-V) Specifications with 1 available slot. (although I have a 1gb stick of ram going in there soon.)
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    The info you needed was actually Graphics Support: AGP 8X
    Looked it up myself via your mobo model.

    You need to decide on your budget and what you would like your pc to be capable of doing.
    Stating where you are in the world would help with prices.
  7. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    Unless I completely miss my guess the best the original poster could have on the motherboard would be an AGP slot, but rik is correct; we need to know what make and model motherboard you have to help you to make your purchasing decision. If you don't know what motherboard you have you can install Everest on your computer and run the program. Look up your motherboard specs with Everest and post the results here. We specifically need to know if you have a PCI-E, AGP or PCI slots. PCI-e would make a video card purchase cheaper and easier. An AGP slot would make the purchase a bit more expensive but still possible, and having only PCI slots available would pretty much send your computer to the junk pile as far as gaming goes. If you do have a PCI-E or AGP slot you'll probably also need to purchase a 450 watt power supply to power your new gaming video card.
  8. hydrablue

    hydrablue TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What is an AGP 8X?

    Well, I'm in the UK...ideally looking to spend a maximum of about £100, but the lower the better. I don't want my PC to be world-beating, but just to be able to play any game to an okay standard.
  9. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

  10. hydrablue

    hydrablue TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay...just to check, any graphics card I get need to have an 8 speed/8x AGP slot?

    As for power supply, is that within the PC or the actual plug the PC is connceted to?]

    edit: Also, the graphics cards list memory- is this RAM?
  11. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    a power supply is inside the computer. if u know nothing about the workings of a computer I fell like u will have to have a professinal install it.

    the mem. on the video card has nothing to do with the mem on u're MB.
  12. hydrablue

    hydrablue TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so a video card's memory is total different to the RAM you'd slot into a motherboard, just to check?

    I will have a professional do it. Or a friend who's installed graphics cards many a time.
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