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well I just got my 6600gt in today.

As for the Onboard graphics card I have on my PC, should I just go into device manager and disable the onboard card or uninstall it from device manager?

As for the reflashing BIOS due to my new vid card. Is it needed??



And last, my software came w/ a over clocker called V-tuner2, should I use this OC'er program and if so, what is the best setting to have it at?

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Go into bios and disable onboard video (And possibly ram allocated to on-board video, some mb have this as a separate option). Also if the card is AGP, check in the bios to see if there is a setting for which video first (AGP or Onboard PCI). There may be a setting for PCI-E or Onboard PCI if you have a PCI-E board.

No you do not need to reflash your mobo bios for a new video card.

Populate your specs. It'll help us give you advice.
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[...] what is the best setting to have it at?
Unfortunately there are no specific settings for a certain video card brand/model.
An EVGA 6600GT might, and probably will, overclock differently than an MSI version of the same card.
Even if you take two EVGA 6600GT cards one might overclock better than the other. I have a 6600 that overclocks about 7% better than a friend's.

The best way to put it is "it's all trial and error". You have to test your card using small increments (3 to 5 MHz) both on core and memory.
But I suggest you try each one alone to get an idea of how far it will go then merge them both and test for stability with a software like 3DMark05 for example.
If, during tests or gaming, you see artifacts (small bright dots or lines.. or even any weird object) on your display then you should decrease your oc values one step back and test again until you are satisfied with the outcome.

Note: you might have to download and install (by double clicking on it) a file called CoolBits to make the core and memory overclocking options available.
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Thank you for all the great advice.

As for PC specs.

I have a Compaq.

It has the 3500 amd64
512 mb ram
200 gig hd


Has the 200se nvida chipset, but its onboard, not in a pci slot. So I should go into the BIOs setting and disable it there then and not in the device manager area??
Just need to make sure.


So if I do go into bios to do it. are these the steps:

1. go into bio. disable onboard card.
2. turn off machine
3. install my PCI expresss 6600gt card.
4. turn on machine.
5. install drivers
6. restart windows

Last-------------> go play games?
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Sorry for the idiot question.

I been a pc user then for 2 years I gone to MAC.Sold Mac and now back to PC and I need to ask to make sure I do this right.

((also I have windows XP SP2))
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I see no problem in the steps you listed above.
You can even interchange steps 1 to 3
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1. turn off machine
2. install PCI expresss 6600gt card.
3. go into bio. disable onboard card.
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The board should automatically pick up that you have a new vid card and send the signal to whichever the monitor is hooked up to, but disabling the video in the bios is to assure that it goes to the video card you want it to without delay. Fill your system spec's in by clicking the User CP top/left of screen, have fun OCing and playing games as they go well together .
post #8 of 34
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Sounds great. Will do 2night as I get home .

I plan to tweek my graphics on F.E.A.R and FARCRY

Thanks all,
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http://www.softpedia.com/progDownloa...oad-15377.html

NVTweak 1.71 has replaced coolbits. The link above lets you download it. this program is run and forget. Make sure to choose unlock all options on the setup screen. all the nvidia tools will be at your fingertips. also make sure to download the newest nvidia drivers 8.1.9.5 from Nvidia. don't use the cd that came with the card because its going to be at least one version out of date.
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On the Overclock applications, how can I tell if its working properly?

Do you see a difference in frame rate?

What is a good application that will test FPS/frame rate?
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