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Windows 7: Best Graphics Card for my system???

20 Nov 2012   #11

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockrz View Post
So... what's the best way to handle the drivers?

I was thinking of uninstalling the old driver first, then shut the system down, install the new graphics card, then boot back up with the CD for the new drivers in my CD rom drive so windows can install them on it's own as soon as it recognizes the new hardware and looks for drivers for it.

Does this sound like what I need to do?
That's pretty much it, except I'd forget the driver CD.

Download the latest drivers for the card, from or (depending on the card's type).

Uninstall the drivers for the old card. Shut down, rather than rebooting. Replace the old card with the new. Boot back into Windows. You'll probably get the generic Windows graphics drivers. Install the new graphics drivers. Reboot. Bob's your uncle.

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20 Nov 2012   #12

Windows 7 64bit

Yeah, I forgot that I've already downloaded the latest driver.

Someone posted a link for that earlier and I've got it already.
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21 Nov 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Don't let windows install it's own drivers. Download the driver package for the new card from ATI/AMD or NVIDIA, uninstall the old drivers. Your computer will revert to VGA mode at this point.

Swap out the graphics cards, make sure new card is firmly seated and that the PCIe power connectors are fully inserted into the new card. Boot up your system and install the drivers that you downloaded, restart after it completes.
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21 Nov 2012   #14

Windows 7 64bit

OK, so if I un-install the current graphic card drivers and my computer will reverts to VGA mode... and then I install the new graphic card, once I re-boot isn't Windows going to install it's generic drivers automatically?

I'm thinkin it might be best to burn the new card's drivers on to a CD, and put it in the CD-Rom drive before I boot it up the first time with the new card installed.

That way, maybe Windows will look at the CD-Rom drive first and see these drivers match the device it is looking for drivers for... and automatically install the right drivers.

Think this would work? Otherwise, I guess my question is... how do you prevent Windows from trying to install it's own generic drivers automatically when I first boot up?
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22 Nov 2012   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You can remove them after it does. In the Start menu search field type devmgmt.msc and you can do it from there.
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22 Nov 2012   #16

Windows 7 64bit

Oh, I thought I wasn't supposed to let Windows load it's generic drivers in the first place?
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22 Nov 2012   #17

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dorado View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockrz View Post
I've noticed the higher quality graphics cards have what appear to be TWO power leads.

So, I'd have to find a power plugin in my tower to connect the second power lead.


If you don't find it, in the box of your graphics card you will find adaptors for other power plugins. Check it when you buy the graphics card.
Never had problems with ATi
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22 Nov 2012   #18

Windows 7 64bit

Yeah, I'm hoping the new ATi graphics card will perform better than the Nvidia that's in there now.

I was doing some graphics work earlier today just messing around and it froze up twice! And, I'm not even doing any gaming, just business based graphics work in Power Point, Photoscape, The Logo Creator (flash based graphics prog), etc.

Over this weekend I'm going to get this new Radeon HD 7850 2GB installed and hopefully it won't give the occasional freeze that the GeForce GTX650 is giving me.

I hear the Radeon HD 7850 can be overclocked... anybody know where I can find a good tutorial to get the poop on how to do that?
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