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How to change from an ATI GPU to a Nvidia GPU?

I have a Radeon HD 5500 and am getting a GTX 760 for Christmas. I was wondering what (software) steps should I take to switch the GPUs?

Of course I would uninstall Catalyst Control Center and I have heard of this application called driver sweeper that some people have used. Should I use this and is there anything else I should do?

Also when in the process should I install MSI Afterburner? <-- My card is an MSI card

Thanks in advance,

V15VA

PS. I'm using windows 7
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  1. Uninstalling the Catalyst control Center and using Driver sweeper. Make sure all the root files of the program are off, reboot your pc then power it off etc etc.

    You will only need to install the software and drivers that will be provided with the graphics card.
  2. Nyazzle said:
    Uninstalling the Catalyst control Center and using Driver sweeper. Make sure all the root files of the program are off, reboot your pc then power it off etc etc.

    You will only need to install the software and drivers that will be provided with the graphics card.


    Thanks fro the quick reply, sorry for asking but what do you mean by turnings off the root files, and how would I go about doing this.
  3. Your upgrade is too big,
    I mean from HD 5550 to GTX 760.
    which processor do you have ? If you're having any old processor with HD 5500 then it will bottleneck with GTX 760 and you'll need to upgrade your PSU also.
  4. Best answer
    V15VA said:
    Nyazzle said:
    Uninstalling the Catalyst control Center and using Driver sweeper. Make sure all the root files of the program are off, reboot your pc then power it off etc etc.

    You will only need to install the software and drivers that will be provided with the graphics card.


    Thanks fro the quick reply, sorry for asking but what do you mean by turnings off the root files, and how would I go about doing this.


    Don't bother with that if you don't know or can't be bothered, just change the cards over and install the Nvidia drivers, reboot and enjoy.
  5. GhosT_Hv said:
    Your upgrade is too big,
    I mean from HD 5550 to GTX 760.
    which processor do you have ? If you're having any old processor with HD 5500 then it will bottleneck with GTX 760 and you'll need to upgrade your PSU also.


    oh right yea see i built my pc when i was 10 and so (stupidly) skimped on my graphics card, everythign else is far better spec and my PSU will easily support this. Just for specs sake:

    Processor: I5 661 @ 3.6 GHZ
    PSU: corsair TX 850 W
    RAM: 4GB <-- I know this will bottleneck and so will be sure to upgrade this very soon
  6. Mousemonkey said:
    V15VA said:
    Nyazzle said:
    Uninstalling the Catalyst control Center and using Driver sweeper. Make sure all the root files of the program are off, reboot your pc then power it off etc etc.

    You will only need to install the software and drivers that will be provided with the graphics card.


    Thanks fro the quick reply, sorry for asking but what do you mean by turnings off the root files, and how would I go about doing this.


    Don't bother with that if you don't know or can't be bothered, just change the cards over and install the Nvidia drivers, reboot and enjoy.


    OK will do but just for my knowledge what are these root files and what do they do?
  7. V15VA said:
    Mousemonkey said:
    V15VA said:
    Nyazzle said:
    Uninstalling the Catalyst control Center and using Driver sweeper. Make sure all the root files of the program are off, reboot your pc then power it off etc etc.

    You will only need to install the software and drivers that will be provided with the graphics card.


    Thanks fro the quick reply, sorry for asking but what do you mean by turnings off the root files, and how would I go about doing this.


    Don't bother with that if you don't know or can't be bothered, just change the cards over and install the Nvidia drivers, reboot and enjoy.


    OK will do but just for my knowledge what are these root files and what do they do?


    I don't know what that poster is on about but I do know that there is no need to uninstall the drivers in the first place.
  8. Just the files that are left behind by Catalyst control center although Driver Sweeper should remove these for you. Just think of it when you pull up a plant from the ground some of the roots will be left there, Driver Sweeper would remove these roots.
  9. Mousemonkey said:
    V15VA said:
    Mousemonkey said:
    V15VA said:
    Nyazzle said:
    Uninstalling the Catalyst control Center and using Driver sweeper. Make sure all the root files of the program are off, reboot your pc then power it off etc etc.

    You will only need to install the software and drivers that will be provided with the graphics card.


    Thanks fro the quick reply, sorry for asking but what do you mean by turnings off the root files, and how would I go about doing this.


    Don't bother with that if you don't know or can't be bothered, just change the cards over and install the Nvidia drivers, reboot and enjoy.


    OK will do but just for my knowledge what are these root files and what do they do?


    I don't know what that poster is on about but I do know that there is no need to uninstall the drivers in the first place.


    Oh right i might do it anyway just to be sure, but everywhere I've looked said that you must uninstall the drivers to prevent conflict.
  10. Both drivers on the same PC at the same time NO CONFLICTS!
  11. Mousemonkey said:
    Both drivers on the same PC at the same time NO CONFLICTS!


    I see your point here, There is no reason for ATI files to conflict with Nvidia files. So why are people uninstalling drivers?
  12. It's a myth that started years ago and the people who don't know as much as they want others to think they do keep on perpetuating it, the only OS that kicked up a fuss was the dog egg known as Vista.
  13. Mousemonkey said:
    It's a myth that started years ago and the people who don't know as much as they want others to think they do keep on perpetuating it, the only OS that kicked up a fuss was the dog egg known as Vista.


    Oh right, wow another reason to hate vista lol. Thanks for all your help!
  14. NP, I hope you enjoy your new card.
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