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March 1, 2011 9:38:05 PM

I want to get an ASRock 870 Extreme3 chipset, but it has to onboard GPU. How would I get my drivers installed if I cannot see? I though maybe I could burn the drives to a disk and then boot to the disk, but then I realized that I couldn't set the settings in the BIOS to boot to the disk if I couldn't see. If I put my GPU in (hd6850) would I be able to see at all? If not, how would I install my drivers?

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March 1, 2011 9:46:47 PM

Technically no, but windows comes with some generic drivers that will give you a display.

Best thing to do would be to download Driver Sweeper and the ATI drivers. Then go to add/remove programs and uninstall all your ATI drivers and also run Driver Sweeper to remove them (make sure you select "display drivers"). Then shut down and plug your card in. Boot up and install. Reboot, and you're done.
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March 1, 2011 9:48:11 PM

graphics cards will work just fine without 'proper' drivers in 2d mode, just don't try to play any games until you've installed the drivers.
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March 1, 2011 9:49:33 PM

Well, it will be a completely new system, I am trying to sell my system that I have currently and get myself started on another. As long as I can see, I will be able to do it.
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March 1, 2011 9:50:41 PM

wolfram23 said:
Technically no, but windows comes with some generic drivers that will give you a display.
dont even need windows for it. Boot up a brand new build and you can mess around in bios without windows ever been loaded
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March 1, 2011 9:53:23 PM

By the way, does this system look like a good one?

System specs:

Antec 300 Illusion

ASRock AM3 870 Extreme3 Motherboard

OCZ 600w StealthXstream2

WD 640gb black caviar 6gb drive

ASUS x24 burner drive

4gb Corsair 1333Mhz RAM

ASUS hd6850

AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE

MX2 Thermal Compound

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March 1, 2011 10:08:12 PM

Yeah pretty decent. Not sure but isn't the 460 a bit faster and basically the same price as the 6850? Worth checking out anyway.
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March 1, 2011 10:13:01 PM

Well, they each take blows, but that board only supports CFX, so I will be using a AMD GPU. I like AMD better than Nvidia and better than Intel anyway. Although, I am not one of those fan-boys who will only buy AMD.
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March 2, 2011 10:48:43 AM

Most modern cards are required (thanks to microsoft mandating) to support up to 640x480 (480p) resolutions without a display driver installed, and most cards still maintain 320x240 support (DOS resolution) for compatability reasons.
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March 2, 2011 10:54:19 AM

The big plus point of NVidia is that they have PhysX. If you want to use it, go for the GTX460/GTX560Ti build instead. I will always recommend people to rather save up a bit and get the GTX560Ti, as it's a much newer GPU and performs much better than the GTX460 for a little more ching.
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March 2, 2011 4:55:27 PM

Toxxyc said:
The big plus point of NVidia is that they have PhysX. If you want to use it, go for the GTX460/GTX560Ti build instead. I will always recommend people to rather save up a bit and get the GTX560Ti, as it's a much newer GPU and performs much better than the GTX460 for a little more ching.

It is a CFX MoBo, so I want AMD. I also like AMD more anyway. Thank you anyway though.
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March 8, 2011 5:28:38 PM

I dug up my old thread, but will a hd4850 display without drivers also? I have changed my mind to dual hd4850s for $94.
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March 8, 2011 6:04:15 PM

Any new build or any GPU for that matter will display just fine without drivers, Its not an issue I promise you. Build it/ install OS/ Turn on/ Everything looks huge because it will default to a low resolution output/ Change resolution/ install drivers from disc. Job done.

I have built/Rebuilt/Upgraded plenty of systems and the above is exactly how i do it every time.

Mactronix :) 
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March 8, 2011 6:11:08 PM

Okay, can I see while I am installing the OS? I will need to see. I have never, ever built a machine before. As long as I can see while I am installing the OS, I can do the rest. Basically, if I can see, I can set the whole machine up. Basically, the big question is, can I see when I put the GPU in????
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March 8, 2011 6:26:20 PM

Windows come with basic video drivers that can be used with any card that will allow you to see what is going on while installing Windows.

After Windows is installed you can then install the video drivers for your card.
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March 8, 2011 6:28:01 PM

jaguarskx said:
Windows come with basic video drivers that can be used with any card that will allow you to see what is going on while installing Windows.

After Windows is installed you can then install the video drivers for your card.

Yes, but the computer does not come with windows pre-installed, will I be able to see without windows installed without video card drivers????????? If not, I will buy a MoBo with an IGP.
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March 8, 2011 6:43:13 PM

HostileDonut said:
Yes, but the computer does not come with windows pre-installed, will I be able to see without windows installed without video card drivers????????? If not, I will buy a MoBo with an IGP.


Yes, of course you can see without anything installed. Otherwise everyone with a P55, X58, or P67 board would be screwed! It'll display no matter what card you put in but it will be at super low res, like 800x600
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March 8, 2011 6:45:46 PM

SWEET! Thanks for the help. I will grab 2 hd4850s in crossfire for $47 each on Newegg.com. If you are looking for a cheap upgrade and have a CF MoBo, grab 'em.
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January 1, 2013 7:16:04 PM

Ya thats a pretty good system
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January 1, 2013 7:23:36 PM

DAN1999i said:
Ya thats a pretty good system

lol gimme a break, you just necroed 2 year old thread just to say that....
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August 14, 2014 9:15:36 AM

Kari said:
DAN1999i said:
Ya thats a pretty good system

lol gimme a break, you just necroed 2 year old thread just to say that....


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