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What should I do before upgrading to a new gpu?

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I just purchased the new EVGA GTX 1070 SC ACX 3.0 and its being shipped at the moment. It should be here any day and I'm beyond excited thumb.gif . I'm going to be replacing my EVGA GTX 980 SC ACX 2.0. I recently upgraded to Windows 10 and everything has been running pretty well for the most part. I have the latest drivers so is there anything I should do before installing the new GPU? I wanted to also get a discussion since a lot of people are going to be purchasing a new GPU in the next few months. Since I haven't done a clean install, would that make sense since I'm getting a new GPU and a fairly new OS? Any feedback would be appreciated.
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For a simple GPU upgrade, just install it - especially in Windows 10. The only time you need to do special things (such as using Display Driver Uninstaller, or "DDU"), is when you're having problems and you find that you probably to start as fresh as possible without actually going all the way by reinstalling the OS.

 

So yeah, for simple upgrades, you only need to install the card and maybe reinstall the driver. Maybe.

 

Now, a lot of people will want to be extreme perfectionists and recommend that you first uninstall the driver, reboot into safe mode, use DDU, shut down, replace the video card, turn the computer back on, and then install a fresh driver. I have never seen an actual need to do this. It's too much work for nothing because you're not experiencing any problems that you need to solve, you're just upgrading to a new video card.

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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
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Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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