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July 1, 2013 3:19:59 PM

Hey guys! Thanks to your help I decided on the new MSI GTX 770 Lightning. I was just wondering what needs to be done to get thing ready for installation (I have it right here). I currently have an EVGA GTX 670 FTW. What needs to be uninstalled and/or removed before I put my new card in?

I'm assuming the first thing I should do is uninstall my graphics drivers - is that as simple as locating it in the uninstall programs list or is something more thorough required?

Also what about programs like MSI Afterburner. I haven't tweaked the clock speeds at all but I set a custom fan profile. Will it detect the new card automatically or should I uninstall that now and then re-install it later?

Thanks for the help,
-Cobalt J

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July 1, 2013 4:05:28 PM

Cobalt J said:
Hey guys! Thanks to your help I decided on the new MSI GTX 770 Lightning. I was just wondering what needs to be done to get thing ready for installation (I have it right here). I currently have an EVGA GTX 670 FTW. What needs to be uninstalled and/or removed before I put my new card in?

I'm assuming the first thing I should do is uninstall my graphics drivers - is that as simple as locating it in the uninstall programs list or is something more thorough required?

Also what about programs like MSI Afterburner. I haven't tweaked the clock speeds at all but I set a custom fan profile. Will it detect the new card automatically or should I uninstall that now and then re-install it later?

Thanks for the help,
-Cobalt J


All you have to do is uninstall the driver(s), power off, install the new card, boot and then install new driver(s). For afterburner, I suggest re-installing it.
a b U Graphics card
July 1, 2013 4:07:06 PM

Since they are both NVIDIA, the drivers should work. If not, download the ones that came on a disc in the package and go to the NVIDIA website and update them. Other than that, just be careful and make sure not to break anything.
I doubt it will detect your fan profile, since it is a different fan setup from a different company. However, that shouldn't be too difficult to reset.
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July 1, 2013 4:07:45 PM

aredflyingbird said:
Cobalt J said:
Hey guys! Thanks to your help I decided on the new MSI GTX 770 Lightning. I was just wondering what needs to be done to get thing ready for installation (I have it right here). I currently have an EVGA GTX 670 FTW. What needs to be uninstalled and/or removed before I put my new card in?

I'm assuming the first thing I should do is uninstall my graphics drivers - is that as simple as locating it in the uninstall programs list or is something more thorough required?

Also what about programs like MSI Afterburner. I haven't tweaked the clock speeds at all but I set a custom fan profile. Will it detect the new card automatically or should I uninstall that now and then re-install it later?

Thanks for the help,
-Cobalt J


All you have to do is uninstall the driver(s), power off, install the new card, boot and then install new driver(s).


I just wasn't sure if there was anything more involved that I should be aware of. I.e. I've seen people talking about a program called driver sweeper and I wasn't sure whether or not I should/need to use that. Also I was a little curious about after burner and whether or not it would apply my fan profile to the new card.
July 1, 2013 4:08:50 PM

dannyboy2233 said:
Since they are both NVIDIA, the drivers should work. If not, download the ones that came on a disc in the package and go to the NVIDIA website and update them. Other than that, just be careful and make sure not to break anything.
I doubt it will detect your fan profile, since it is a different fan setup from a different company. However, that shouldn't be too difficult to reset.


Even though they're different cards? Do the 670 and 770 use the same drivers?
a b U Graphics card
July 1, 2013 4:09:08 PM

Cobalt J said:
aredflyingbird said:
Cobalt J said:
Hey guys! Thanks to your help I decided on the new MSI GTX 770 Lightning. I was just wondering what needs to be done to get thing ready for installation (I have it right here). I currently have an EVGA GTX 670 FTW. What needs to be uninstalled and/or removed before I put my new card in?

I'm assuming the first thing I should do is uninstall my graphics drivers - is that as simple as locating it in the uninstall programs list or is something more thorough required?

Also what about programs like MSI Afterburner. I haven't tweaked the clock speeds at all but I set a custom fan profile. Will it detect the new card automatically or should I uninstall that now and then re-install it later?

Thanks for the help,
-Cobalt J


All you have to do is uninstall the driver(s), power off, install the new card, boot and then install new driver(s).


I just wasn't sure if there was anything more involved that I should be aware of. I.e. I've seen people talking about a program called driver sweeper and I wasn't sure whether or not I should/need to use that. Also I was a little curious about after burner and whether or not it would apply my fan profile to the new card.


You shouldn't need to uninstall anything. Once you put your GPU and the disc in, the drivers on the disc will overwrite your current ones.
a b U Graphics card
July 1, 2013 4:10:27 PM

Cobalt J said:
dannyboy2233 said:
Since they are both NVIDIA, the drivers should work. If not, download the ones that came on a disc in the package and go to the NVIDIA website and update them. Other than that, just be careful and make sure not to break anything.
I doubt it will detect your fan profile, since it is a different fan setup from a different company. However, that shouldn't be too difficult to reset.


Even though they're different cards? Do the 670 and 770 use the same drivers?


Yup. Both use the 320.49 drivers currently.
July 1, 2013 4:29:02 PM

dannyboy2233 said:
Cobalt J said:
dannyboy2233 said:
Since they are both NVIDIA, the drivers should work. If not, download the ones that came on a disc in the package and go to the NVIDIA website and update them. Other than that, just be careful and make sure not to break anything.
I doubt it will detect your fan profile, since it is a different fan setup from a different company. However, that shouldn't be too difficult to reset.


Even though they're different cards? Do the 670 and 770 use the same drivers?



Yup. Both use the 320.49 drivers currently.


Alright awesome! Lastly, my GFX drivers aren't actually up to date, should I update them first and then install the 770, or put in the 770 and then update?

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a b U Graphics card
July 1, 2013 4:45:08 PM
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Cobalt J said:
dannyboy2233 said:
Cobalt J said:
dannyboy2233 said:
Since they are both NVIDIA, the drivers should work. If not, download the ones that came on a disc in the package and go to the NVIDIA website and update them. Other than that, just be careful and make sure not to break anything.
I doubt it will detect your fan profile, since it is a different fan setup from a different company. However, that shouldn't be too difficult to reset.


Even though they're different cards? Do the 670 and 770 use the same drivers?



Yup. Both use the 320.49 drivers currently.


Alright awesome! Lastly, my GFX drivers aren't actually up to date, should I update them first and then install the 770, or put in the 770 and then update?


I'd update them first :) 
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