I'm using a Biostar M7NCG 400 motherboard which has a built-in graphics card that only supports one monitor. Can I upgrade to another graphics card (such as a Matrox G450)? What do I do with the built-in graphics card if I fit another?
Thanks for you reply. You say I can disable the built-in graphics card via the BIOS. I know what a BIOS is - at least I think I do - but can you give me a clue as to what I do to disable the built-in graphics card via the BIOS?
Well, i am not really familiar with your motherboard's BIOS since i am not using the same model as yours. However, there are similarities. Enter BIOS by pressing DEL (most commonly) when your pc is doing the power-on-setup test during boot time. After that, you will be presented with a menu. Search for option like Onboard Peripherals. Subsequently, find for an option that defines integrated graphics. I think you should be able to disable it from there.
Note: It might be different from what i said, but it should be something similar.
Thanks. I was thinking of using a Matrox G450 PCI. You mentioned using the AGP 8x slot...is there any reason why I can't use a PCI slot (my Biostar motherboard has at least 1)?
Yes, you can use the conventional PCI slot as well. However, take note that the AGP bus has a higher speed as compared to the PCI bus. Therefore, AGP is recommended.