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How to proceed when switching from ATI to nVidia (new GPU)

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
March 9, 2011 6:27:04 AM


I am sorry to ask something that might sound silly, but I am wondering what the "best practice" is for replacing a GPU.
In my particular case, I am switching from a HD 5870 Crossfire solution to a single nVidia GTX 580 Twin Frozr card. Without attempting to fan the flames of that peculiar war, I have found that I am not happy with the drivers from AMD and that my motherboard's PCIe slots are just too cramped for two hefty cards. I know that I lose performance and that the Crossfire solution generally offers good performance, but the truth is, I just can't handle the hassle with the GPU @ 100 % when idle bug etc etc etc.

So what do people when switching?
I have backed up my system, and have downloaded the 266.xx drivers for the nVidia card, and plan to uninstall and driver sweep before physically replacing the GPU(s).

I have no idea whether it is necessary, but better safe than sorry.

Are there any issues regarding the replacement I haven't considered?

In advance, thanks.

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March 9, 2011 10:49:15 AM

All you really need to do is uninstall the drivers [use Driver Sweeper afterwards, just to be safe], shutdown, replace card, and install new drivers.
March 9, 2011 1:45:19 PM

Best answer selected by tomasjevne.
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March 9, 2011 1:46:49 PM

Haven't sold them yet, and I assume I will be selling only one, as I will build another pc for a friend with one of those cards in them.
Last time I checked, a HD 5870 Vapor-X retailed fairly low.
March 9, 2011 4:39:10 PM

Absolutely, I assume I can get around the equivalent of $220.
The Vapor-X card is definitely not bad, just not suitable for me right now.