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Alright so I've just recently ordered myself a 7970 seeing that the wait for HD 8xxx is on hold until further notice and the drivers for the HD 7xxx series just keep getting better and better. I think this will be a big jump up for me from my little 560 Ti 1gb card. biggrin.gif But what I'm here to ask is before installing the new card what do I need to do to get ready? I've never used an AMD card before so I'm not exactly sure how I should go about switching the cards out in my rig. (Software wise I mean, not physically switching them I can handle that wink.gif)

Also just for reference this is the card I picked up: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008
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Alright so I've just recently ordered myself a 7970 seeing that the wait for HD 8xxx is on hold until further notice and the drivers for the HD 7xxx series just keep getting better and better. I think this will be a big jump up for me from my little 560 Ti 1gb card. biggrin.gif But what I'm here to ask is before installing the new card what do I need to do to get ready? I've never used an AMD card before so I'm not exactly sure how I should go about switching the cards out in my rig. (Software wise I mean, not physically switching them I can handle that wink.gif)

Also just for reference this is the card I picked up: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008

+1 For going with AMD , i myself went with Nvidia because that the time it seemed the "pest option" and it was to be frank , but AMD drivers just keep getting better ALL THE TIME! I'd go with an Asus dc2 or the MSI lightning but the Sapphire is good too! Just delete your old Nvidia drivers , restart , plug in the card , have a seizure trying to navigate on 840x600 resolution , go to the AMD website download the newest drivers , run the setup , restart and you're good to go ! Enjoy your new beast thumb.gif
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Yup. All you need to do is uninstall all your nVidia drivers. Then just swap the cards, download the new drivers (or download em in advance, then all you do is have to run the installer), and you should be good to go! Enjoy! thumb.gif
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Download updated drivers for the AMD card,
Uninstall nvidia drivers,
Use Driver Sweeper in Safe mode to get rid of them proper,
Switch pc off,
Swap cards,
boot back up,
install AMD drivers,
Reboot,


WIN!!!
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Thanks for the quick replies everyone! The card should be here tomorrow so now I know everything I need to know to get my rig back on its feet! thumb.gif

(For future readers)
Step 1: Install latest AMD drivers
Step 2: Delete all Nvidia Drivers
Step 3: Run Driver Sweeper in Safe Mode
Step 4: Power down PC and swap cards
Step 5: Reboot and install AMD drivers
Step 6: Reboot again
Step 7: Success

P.S. - I'm excited to see how much of a gain in FPS I get over my 560 Ti 1gb. devil.gif
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I've been looking at making a similar jump myself. I've bought Nvidia since I replaced my Radeon 9800Pro which I felt like I was never going to have to do. Let me know how this turns out for you, I really can't decide if I want to wait or ditch this 560ti.
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Thing of doing the same thing myself, as the Titan hasn't shown it's face yet...
 
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Thing of doing the same thing myself, as the Titan hasn't shown it's face yet...
I decided that I wasn't going to wait for "Titan" because most likely when it drops it will be like an ASUS ARES card and will be ridiculously overpriced and never available. Im happy with the money I spent on this 7970 vs say a 680 4gb card. rolleyes.gif
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I've been looking at making a similar jump myself. I've bought Nvidia since I replaced my Radeon 9800Pro which I felt like I was never going to have to do. Let me know how this turns out for you, I really can't decide if I want to wait or ditch this 560ti.
I'll definitely let you know how it goes! (Fingers crossed for smoothly!)
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