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post #1 of 9
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So its finally time for me to upgrade from my q9550 so I'm looking for a good mobo that can support the 2nd gen i7s. I've found a few, and the z68s look awesome, but I just have a question before I drop the cash on it.

Would I have to format my hard drive and reinstall windows 7? I got my version of Windows 7 from my school and I don't have a backup. I've heard that its not completely necessary but its good for preventing future issues.

I'm really hoping to just replace my cpu/mobo and keep everything else. I'm just not sure how exactly the process works.

Thanks.

Edit - Wasn't sure which topic to put this thread in, so I chose the most obvious since I'm an Intel fan. =)
post #2 of 9
Yes you will have to reformat with MB upgrade. If the chipset was the same you might be able to do it but I would recommend for preventing any incompatibility issues now/down the road.
    
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post #3 of 9
It's preferred that you do a clean install. But it's not necessary.
You could use something like Driver Sweeper and clear the old drivers and install the new ones when you install it into the new build.
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Originally Posted by Rick Arter;13506248 
Yes you will have to reformat with MB upgrade.

Ah ok. I figured as much. Thanks for the quick response. =)
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Originally Posted by mbudden;13506261 
It's preferred that you do a clean install. But it's not necessary.
You could use something like Driver Sweeper and clear the old drivers and install the new ones when you install it into the new build.

OK, thanks. So just out of curiosity, how hard is it to install a new mobo/cpu? I have experience with everything except mobos.
post #6 of 9
Motherboard? Simple. Just place it in and screw it down.
CPU? Simple as well, it can only go in one way.
post #7 of 9
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Well it seems simple enough. Its just that the simplest things are normally the hardest to figure out lol.

On another note, I'm probably going with the ASUS P67 B3 with the i7 -2600. I'm curious as to the differences between the 2600 and the 1st gen i7s.
post #8 of 9
P67 board but getting a 2600?
It is recommended to get a K series like the 2500K or 2600K if you're going for a P67 board.
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Yea, that's what I meant. Well thanks for the quick help. Gonna go ahead and order the 2600K and the P67. Hope the install goes OK when it gets here.
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