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Hi, I am looking forward to Ivy Bridge to switch over to Intel but I have a question. If I buy a Z77 motherboard now and a i3 2100, install it and put windows on the system can I later just swap out for an Ivy Bridge i7 without reinstalling windows?

Also which here would be the best Z77 motherboard for overclocking and other features(I dont really care about SLI/Crossfire support, dont see myself using it):

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=z77&x=0&y=0

Thanks guys.
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AFAIK changing CPUs usually doesn't require a reinstall...
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post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by Sainesk View Post

AFAIK changing CPUs usually doesn't require a reinstall...

agreed to what sainesk said the only thing that require a reinstal OS is HDD or SSD replacement but for my part i always reinstal windows at every config change just to be sure
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why don't you wait for IB ? ( 3 weeks away ..it's not like you have to wait months ) as for which MB for OC so far this two looks like solid pick ;
Asus M5G
http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=162386
UD5H
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?280191-G.skill-f3-17000cl9d-8gbxld-gigabyte-ud5h-z77-ivy-bridge-3770k
    
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Originally Posted by coolhandluke41 View Post

why don't you wait for IB ? ( 3 weeks away ..it's not like you have to wait months ) as for which MB for OC so far this two looks like solid pick ;
Asus M5G
http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=162386
UD5H
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?280191-G.skill-f3-17000cl9d-8gbxld-gigabyte-ud5h-z77-ivy-bridge-3770k

Cause I am impatient, and I forgot to mention I could use the i3 in a later HTPC build so it wouldn't be a waste ;P.

UD5H looks nice, M5G doesn't seem to be available from the site I linked (which generally has the best range I have access to).

Thanks for your input guys, any more would be appreciated.
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