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Hi, sorry if this is in the wrong part of this forum.
Blame it on my newbie-ness.
Basically I have the above msi h61m-p31/w8 motherboard
And I want to upgrade my very bad gt-710 to something better but I cant see anywhere on this motherboard that allows me to power the graphics card.
It requires the 6 and 8 pin pcie connector.
Correct me if I'm wrong on that.
I have 2 spare 4 pin connections coming from my 24pin connector that goes from the power source to the motherboard.
Can I use those 2 spare sockets somehow or will I need to also get a new power supply??

Thank you.
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Some low end graphics card do not require external power to function, your current GPU falls into that category. The motherboard can only supply so much power and therefore if you upgrade to a better GPU, the PSU will then have to take over this responsibility.

Higher end GPU's require 6pin and some require 8pin connections, so as long as your PSU has these connections available you will be fine.
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Lordkwad wroteI cant see anywhere on this motherboard that allows me to power the graphics card.

It's the PCIe slot that your GT 710 is currently plugged in to. The PCIe slot will provide 75W. Any further required power would have to be provided by the PSU with PCIe cables, some combination of 6-pin(75W) and/or 8-pin(150W) connector(s).

Lordkwad wroteIt requires the 6 and 8 pin pcie connector.

The GPU that you're looking to upgrade to requires an 8-pin and 6-pin? That's ~300W, so based on the rest of your current system, I'm thinking your PSU is not going to be up to the task. It would help if we knew which specific GPU you're looking to upgrade to though.

Lordkwad wroteI have 2 spare 4 pin connections coming from my 24pin connector that goes from the power source to the motherboard.
Can I use those 2 spare sockets somehow or will I need to also get a new power supply??

I'm really not sure why you'd have 2 spare 4-pins from your motherboard's 24-pin, but no you would not be able to use those anyway. You might need to get a new PSU, but we can't know for sure since we don't know what you have currently, or what you're looking to upgrade to.


What are your current specs? Including the make and model of both your case, and PSU.
What are you looking to upgrade to?
Why exactly are you looking to upgrade- what do you want to do with your system that it can't currently?
What is your budget and local currency?
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