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Installing Windows without a GPU?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi there! So I ordered parts for my new pc but the main problem is that the gpu is arriving some days later. So I was wondering if I could install Windows without a gpu. The cpu is a ryzen 7 3700x so it doesn't have integrated graphics. But maybe it's possible with the motherboard??

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No, the 3700X doesn't have an graphical capabilities regardless of the ports on the motherboard there is nothing to "power" them. Additionally the board will fail to POST without a GPU (or APU if you went with a CPU with integrated graphics)


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2 minutes ago, Mrgoldy said:

Hi there! So I ordered parts for my new pc but the main problem is that the gpu is arriving some days later. So I was wondering if I could install Windows without a gpu. The cpu is a ryzen 7 3700x so it doesn't have integrated graphics. But maybe it's possible with the motherboard??

So it probably doesn't have a HDMI or VGA built in port probably. 

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2 minutes ago, Mrgoldy said:

Hi there! So I ordered parts for my new pc but the main problem is that the gpu is arriving some days later. So I was wondering if I could install Windows without a gpu. The cpu is a ryzen 7 3700x so it doesn't have integrated graphics. But maybe it's possible with the motherboard??

What motherboard? Only boards I know of though, are server boards which have their own on board gpu. So I might not be much help. Please link your motherboard though as others might be more help :)

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You *used* to be able to make "unattended installs" using a Floppy with all the settings for the installation, and I do remember server motherboards either having a BIOS which would work without a monitor attached (or you had a supplied VGA terminator which simply tricked the GPU into thinking a monitor was attached).

BUT, from what I've seen, even back then, it absolutely needed a VGA card installed for setup to even properly launch due to it needing to be able to set the video modes (even if you never looked at it).


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1 minute ago, ZeusXI said:

What motherboard? Only boards I know of though, are server boards which have their own on board gpu. So I might not be much help. Please link your motherboard though as others might be more help :)

It's an MSI B450-A PRO MAX.

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3 minutes ago, Lurick said:

No, the 3700X doesn't have an graphical capabilities regardless of the ports on the motherboard there is nothing to "power" them. Additionally the board will fail to POST without a GPU (or APU if you went with a CPU with integrated graphics)

But the motherboard itself should already boot with a bios without a gpu right?

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Just now, Mrgoldy said:

But the motherboard itself should already boot with a bios without a gpu right?

No, POST checks for GPU. If there is no dedicated or integrated GPU it will fail to complete post.


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Just now, Mrgoldy said:

But the motherboard itself should already boot with a bios without a gpu right?

No, of course not.  You cannot boot a machine without ANY form of video output, unless it was designed for serial terminal booting.  Which I doubt is the case here as that's enterprise level stuff.


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Just now, Hakemon said:

No, of course not.  You cannot boot a machine without ANY form of video output, unless it was designed for serial terminal booting.  Which I doubt is the case here as that's enterprise level stuff.

Ok thank you. I'm new to pc building and I'm open to critisism.

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Just now, Mrgoldy said:

Ok thank you. I'm new to pc building and I'm open to critisism.

We were all new at one point. Everyone has to learn :)

Just wait until the GPU gets there to put it together although I know how tough that can be :P


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Just now, Lurick said:

We were all new at one point. Everyone has to learn :)

Just wait until the GPU gets there to put it together although I know how tough that can be :P

Haha thx. 😊 I will still check if the motherboard and the other parts light up when I turn the psu on. (I'm still missing a lot of stuff. I only have the cpu, some case fans and the case itself for now.)

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I really wouldn't bothering powering it up without a GPU, your results in how it reacts during POST will vary.  Just be patient.


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9 hours ago, Mrgoldy said:

Haha thx. 😊 I will still check if the motherboard and the other parts light up when I turn the psu on. (I'm still missing a lot of stuff. I only have the cpu, some case fans and the case itself for now.)

If you don't even have RAM don't bother. Just wait until everything's there. 


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