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Hello, I took my PC to a repair shop because it would boot for a moment then shut off and they said that the motherboard was bad. How hard is it to change a motherboard because they told me I could lose all my data on my hard drives if I didn't do it right. I searched on Google and the only thing I could find about losing data was reinstalling the OS. I currently have a EVGA 680i with a Intel Q6600 and if it isn't too hard to change motherboards, I would like to try it to save some money.
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Changing motherboards is very simple. But, it does require some easy-to-learn knowledge of how to hook everything up right, setup the BIOS correctly and then to install the proper drivers.
    
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I have built computers before, so I know what to hook up to the motherboard. How would I know what to do at the BIOS and would I only install motherboard drivers?
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Yes, just the correct drivers for the motherboard. I have changed motherboards on XP, Vista and Windows 7 without uninstalling the previous drivers - then installing the correct ones for the new board on top.

It's pretty easy.
    
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the motherboard is out? that is odd, usually mobos don't just die.

but hey i don't test your system.

if you buy the same board or one of the same chipset, you shouldn't need to re-install windows.
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So I wouldn't lose any data if I switched motherboards, right? What would be a good gaming LGA 775 motherboard to switch to?
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So I wouldn't lose any data if I switched motherboards, right? What would be a good gaming LGA 775 motherboard to switch to?
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post #8 of 14
if the chipset is the same then no you should be fine, but better is buying from the same manufacturer, or finding the specs and finding a board with teh same controllers.

FYi LGA775 has MANY chipsets, P35, P45, X48, 780i and many moew.

Buy a board with a different chipset and you should re-install windows. you can always backup your data.
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Okay, so I got my new motherboard yesterday, a Biostar T41 HD. Do I need to reinstall Windows? I also have two hard drives, one for Windows and the other for my games and programs. Should I only plug in the Windows hard drive for now and wait to plug in the other hard drive, or should I plug in both?
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Okay, so I got my new motherboard yesterday, a Biostar T41 HD. Do I need to reinstall Windows? I also have two hard drives, one for Windows and the other for my games and programs. Should I only plug in the Windows hard drive for now and wait to plug in the other hard drive, or should I plug in both?
Normally I'd say just plug in both, but since you seem to be new to this I would play it safe and only plug in the Windows drive, just in case you accidentally format the wrong one.

Go ahead and back up data from that drive to the computer you're posting from, and install away!
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