Solved: question on deactiviating onboard graphics system

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archerbob

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Hello,
I recently built my computer (first time) and am enjoying it thoroughly. The motherboard (ASUS P7P55D-E LX Motherboard) does not have an onboard graphics card (only audio). However, my processor (Intel i5 650) does, potentially, according to the intel site. I plugged the graphics card in before installing the OS (Windows 7). My question is: Is the computer already utilizing the graphics card I bought, or is it running the processor's graphics function? If it's running the processor's graphics card, then I follow the standard control panel route to disable it and enable the standalone GPU, correct? Do I need to access the bios at all if I do it from the control panel?


Additionally, I got a defective motherboard at first, so I had to removed the heatsink with original thermal paste off of the processor to install the working motherboard. I had not been running the computer (to check for proper function) while building it for anything more than a minute, so is it okay that I just slapped them back together without applying new paste? During gaming, I'm running about 130 F. The max temp is listed as 162.68 F.

EDIT: just read in the "guide for building your own system" that I should be cleaning the heatsink/processor and using new paste. Drat.

Thank you very much for your time and patience.
 
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Check Device Manager. It will tell you which graphics adapter is currently being used.

With most systems, when you install a graphics card of your own choice, any on-board graphics chip is automatically disabled so you don't need to disable it manually. You would have gotten a device conflict when you first started Windows if both graphics adapters were enabled at same time, & Windows would have been unable start because of the conflict.
 

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If the motherboard does not have support for graphics then the CPU's GPU would not be enabled.
 

archerbob

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Thank you for your responses. I checked under the device manager and saw that it was using the aftermarket graphics card.
 
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