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Hey guys.

I just formatted and reinstalled Windows 7. I'm determined to keep things organized this time xD (at least longer than usual)

I'm popped in the disc for my GIgabyte gtx670 drivers and went with custom install options.

Apart from the required Graphics Driver the optional components are:

3D vision Controller driver
3D vision driver
HD audio driver
Nvidia Update
PhysX System Software

The question is, do I need all these? I mean, I have a Yamakasi Catleap (love it) monitor. I can't do 3D with it so correct me if i'm wrong but wouldn't that make the 2 3D vision drivers pointless for me?

On to the HD audio one. I have a Komplete Audio 6 interface and I installed it's audio drivers, so my audio is already working. Is the HD audio driver here useless or what? Honestly, I'm not even sure why my GPU has HD audio drivers. I don't see any place to plug in speakers or anything of the like into it. Sorry if I come across ignorant, i'm just curious xD

Finally Nvidia update is pretty straight forward and i'm pretty sure I want PhysX so I can get those nifty effects in games that use them (Borderlands 2) correct?

Any clarification would be appreciated! Thanks!
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post #2 of 12
You don't need the 3d drivers but I am not sure about the audio ones. I don't think it would hurt anything.

I think the reason you have audio drivers for your card is because the audio comes from the hdmi ports so thats where you would plug in speakers or something like that using hdmi.
I wouldn't use the disc that came with the card. I would go to the nvidia website and download the drivers right from there instead.

All that being said I always just let the driver package install what it wants. I don't think it hurts anything and def doesn't take up any room to where its worth it not to install.
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Thanks for the reply!

Right I remembered to download the latest drivers from the site. I know it won't hurt anything myself having them, I was just thinking in the interest of keeping things organized and uncluttered. biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 12
3D vision Controller driver, nop
3D vision driver, nop
HD audio driver, if you use hdmi tv out and want audio in your tv
Nvidia Update, nop
PhysX System Software, yes many stupid games require this
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I opted for Nvidia update because well I assume it will tell me when a new driver is out, and i'm okay with that. xD
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NameMakingSux View Post

I opted for Nvidia update because well I assume it will tell me when a new driver is out, and i'm okay with that. xD

i prefer to know reading ocn

don´t need a service taking cpu, ram, internet checking every minute
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Yeah I removed it pretty immediately after I installed it actually. (The Nvidia update) I forget why I just remember realizing it's rather useless.

However it is worth mentioning the 3D vision controller driver gives you the Nvidia control panel, and that's a pretty useful tool.
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Quote:
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Yeah I removed it pretty immediately after I installed it actually. (The Nvidia update) I forget why I just remember realizing it's rather useless.

However it is worth mentioning the 3D vision controller driver gives you the Nvidia control panel, and that's a pretty useful tool.

I HAVE NVIDIA CONTROL PANEL WITHOUT the 3d crap
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You don't need 3D vision controller driver installed to have the Nvidia control panel.
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How? I had to install it.
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