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First Time Trying to Upgrade, having problems

Ok so we have this older HP desktop and it has Vista 32-bit with 1 GB (yes ik we are going to get more) DDR2 RAM and a Pentium Dual Core (I don't remember which exact model atm) but anyway I took out the PSU and put in my own 600W (the only one I have available with a 6 pin) and plugged in an R9 270 that I used to use, but anyway if I check HWMonitor/Device Manager it doesn't show anything. I have to guess that I have to disable integrated graphics in the BIOS or something but I'm not sure how to do it if that is the solution because if I have a monitor plugged into the gpu it does display onto the monitor, but I am not sure because the connection between the GPU and the mobo seemed sketchy since it didnt seem to go flush in there. Any help or advice is appreciated.
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  1. you're talking about a really old system taking on a relatively new gpu, there will be hurdles to pass.

    there are 2 scenarios. one being, you need a BIOS update on your motherboard to be able to see the GPU. and the second is that your motherboard may not even be able to use the GPU at all because of how the newer tech talks to motherboard.
  2. gussrtk said:
    you're talking about a really old system taking on a relatively new gpu, there will be hurdles to pass.

    there are 2 scenarios. one being, you need a BIOS update on your motherboard to be able to see the GPU. and the second is that your motherboard may not even be able to use the GPU at all because of how the newer tech talks to motherboard.


    Well if this is the case then how do these people on YouTube make these budget builds by taking older pc's and slapping a r7 360 or whatever in it
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    im sure that a lot of those are much closer to the new gen PCs than yours.

    some technical info, such as exact CPU.. motherboard or even a PC model number would be helpful.

    and those PCs that you see on youtube are not gaming monsters. they can play games which are GPU intensive, but not so much CPU. certain games that would put some load of the CPU would kill those revived systems.

    i've had a q6600 computer build just up to this year (CPU from 2008), It could play some less intensive games (diablo 3, final fantasy 14, sims 4), but it was not a new system just because i put a GPU in it.

    basically.. what would your goals be? do you want to put some money into it? if you have peripherals, you could... make a secondary low end system for a cheap price...


    im sure you've got a hard drive lying around, i3 used as example because of versatile windows compatibility (easily compatible)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($108.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Asus H110M-E/M.2 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($52.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card ($138.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Rosewill FBM-05 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.89 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $400.73
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-05 21:03 EDT-0400


    or maybe even - take away the GPU cuz you have one and just boost the PSU to 500/550watt
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