|You don't have to load the drivers before the card is installed. Just install the card, connect the monitor, boot into Windows, THEN install the drivers. Windows will install generic video drivers when you 1st boot up - the new drivers will override the generic ones.|
"I dont do gaming but I do a lot of high end graphics"
Generally speaking, they require the same type of card. Define what you mean by "high end graphics"? CADD? 3D rendering?
Are you 100% sure the card is bad? What are the symptoms? And what is/was the make/model of the 'bad' card?