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Offline seriousdamage

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Changing video card - What is the procedure?
« on: Nov 26, 2015, 09:56 AM »
Hi Guys,

I need to change my graphic card from the one I have in the signature to something like GTX 780 or similar.
What is the cleanest process to do this? I was told to first delete the old drivers...
Where would I find them and what else should I do?

Thanks a lot
Nic
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Re: Changing video card - What is the procedure?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 26, 2015, 10:59 AM »
Since you are going from Radeon to Nvidia, I would simply switch out the cards and restart the computer. Allow Windows to absorb what's going on and then probably restart the computer again. Then go into Control Panel and remove the old driver.

Unless you need the latest driver for gaming, I recommend using only the Nvidia driver installed by Windows. I find them to be the most stable and trouble free.

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Re: Changing video card - What is the procedure?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 30, 2015, 03:12 AM »
Thanks Scuzzy,
just to be on the safe side, in the control panel I have "AMD Catalyst Install Manager"
Would this be the driver I need to remove?

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Re: Changing video card - What is the procedure?
« Reply #3 on: Nov 30, 2015, 07:45 AM »
No, in the start window, type device manager and enter or search.  Scroll down the list of devices and click on the Radeon graphic card and in the window that opens, it should list the driver for the card.  You simply delete the driver, assuming you have already installed the new card as scuzzy suggested.
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