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Installing new GPU (upgrade)

I am planning to install a new graphics card. I'm going from the 2GB 560ti to the 2GB 760. Do I need to uninstall my current driver before shutting down my computer to replace the card? Will NVIDIA automatically replace/update my driver when I power on my computer with the new card installed?

I've heard of some driver software removal tools, the most popular of which is NOT free. If I'm doing this myself, instead of paying a technician to do the install, I would rather not spend a dime more than the cost of the card. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of doing it myself IMO. (Just thought I would throw that out there in case someone mentioned it.)
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    Hello,

    Heres the best way to fit your new GPU.

    1) Go to Add and Remove programs and uninstall alkl the Nvidia products which will include drivers
    2) Power down your pc remove the old card and place in the new one
    3) When you boot up windows will use a built in video driver to display your screen
    4) Head to Nvidia's website and click on Drivers. Once here run the auto detect and it will give you the driver for your new card
    5) Run the install and let it do its business.
    6) Your all ready to go kill Romans


    Any questions let me know
  2. gazum123 said:

    6) Your all ready to go kill Romans


    Har Har.

    Thanks for the tips. I will perform the install in a few days, depending on when I receive it and will let you know if I have any issues. I'm assuming that when I uninstall the current driver I will not run into any serious issues while using dual monitors?
  3. Nope should just default to your main montior so one will be off. Once you install the driver it will then pickup the second monitor
  4. forgive my ignorance but the single display will still function (if only adequately) when I start up the computer after installing the new card if I am connecting the monitors directly to my card?
  5. ewillisva said:
    forgive my ignorance but the single display will still function (if only adequately) when I start up the computer after installing the new card if I am connecting the monitors directly to my card?


    No probelm, When you install your new card it will use one of your monitors. If you want plug only one in until you have installed the drivers then connect your second.
  6. You're sure of this? I ask because I've gotten different answers on this. If the monitor is plugged directly into the card will the main display work when I uninstall the driver software? Will I have to plug the monitor into the motherboard in order to use integrated graphics so I can see what I'm doing during the upgrade process?
  7. If you are using WIndows 7 or vista you will be fine plugging into your new GPU. Windows will see it as a device and will load its own built in drivers to show picture. Once you then install the nvidia drivers it will switch to using this one. No need to plug into the Motherboard just straight into the GPU and windows will do the rest.
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