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I am thinking the Sabertooth. But, then I discovered that I will have to figure out a new Windows license. Anybody know anything about this? So if I will have to deal with that, I should upgrade my CPU at the same time. FX-6300 seems the next upgrade, that and the Sabertooth will both be fun to play with. I need to adjust the budget if I want both though, by adjust, I mean add money to. Haha. Then Crossfire my 7850 because they are so cheap and come with games? Decisions, decisions.
I would just do a fresh install and use the Window key you have now.
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I would strongly recommend the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7. I have one, it's a beast of a board, and I love it.
Why I got it was simply that it won out in most reviews over the Crosshair 5 in benchmarks.
Also, it IS the only AM3+ board that can fit 4-way crossfire/SLI (if you don't want all your front-panel slots).
It also seems to be on sale at newegg.com for $45 off. thumbsupsmiley.png
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I would just do a fresh install and use the Window key you have now.

Would you happen to have a link handy for a guide to do that properly? Much appreciated.
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By the way, thanks to everyone for the input. Much appreciated.
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I am thinking the Sabertooth. But, then I discovered that I will have to figure out a new Windows license. Anybody know anything about this? So if I will have to deal with that, I should upgrade my CPU at the same time. FX-6300 seems the next upgrade, that and the Sabertooth will both be fun to play with. I need to adjust the budget if I want both though, by adjust, I mean add money to. Haha. Then Crossfire my 7850 because they are so cheap and come with games? Decisions, decisions.

Why would you need to figure out a new Windows license?
When you install the new motherboard, all you should need to do is follow your Win 7 64-bit on screen instructions for calling a Microsoft automated service and get a 20 character code to input into your PC.
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Why would you need to figure out a new Windows license?
When you install the new motherboard, all you should need to do is follow your Win 7 64-bit on screen instructions for calling a Microsoft automated service and get a 20 character code to input into your PC.

I was under the impression, after doing some research, that it would be much more of a hassle than that. Like Microsoft would only give out a new key if you had to RMA your board, not if you were upgrading. If it is really that easy then I have nothing to be worried about. Will I be able to install another copy of windows using my old MoBo and CPU, or is Microsoft real tight about that kindof thing? I was thinking of slapping together a little dedicated media/TV watching PC with my spare parts if I do go through and upgrade my MoBo and CPU. Although, I am on the fence about the CPU, my Phenom is pretty solid and I kindof want to throw money at a 7950.
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I was under the impression, after doing some research, that it would be much more of a hassle than that. Like Microsoft would only give out a new key if you had to RMA your board, not if you were upgrading. If it is really that easy then I have nothing to be worried about. Will I be able to install another copy of windows using my old MoBo and CPU, or is Microsoft real tight about that kindof thing? I was thinking of slapping together a little dedicated media/TV watching PC with my spare parts if I do go through and upgrade my MoBo and CPU. Although, I am on the fence about the CPU, my Phenom is pretty solid and I kindof want to throw money at a 7950.


If you install it on your old mobo then that key should work and activate with it no problem as that mobo has already been registered to that key.
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You can reinstall Windows anytime you want to on the same motherboard, even if it's an OEM copy. It's only switching the motherboard that trips you, because Microsoft considers the motherboard the central part of the computer.

On a retail copy, you can upgrade anything. I always buy a retail copy for my main rig, since I know it's going to be used and upgraded for years.

If you're going to upgrade the CPU too, go all the way to an FX-8350. It doesn't cost all that much more, and they're the best quality parts off the production line.
     
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I was under the impression, after doing some research, that it would be much more of a hassle than that. Like Microsoft would only give out a new key if you had to RMA your board, not if you were upgrading. If it is really that easy then I have nothing to be worried about. Will I be able to install another copy of windows using my old MoBo and CPU, or is Microsoft real tight about that kindof thing? I was thinking of slapping together a little dedicated media/TV watching PC with my spare parts if I do go through and upgrade my MoBo and CPU. Although, I am on the fence about the CPU, my Phenom is pretty solid and I kind of want to throw money at a 7950.

It's been awhile sense I've had to call into to Microsoft about a licensing issue, so it might have changed.
Anyway, if i was you I would rather keep the current motherboard and upgrade to a 180GB SSD drive.
(Watch Techbargins.com for a good sale)
Sell off the 7850 and buy the 7950
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If you install it on your old mobo then that key should work and activate with it no problem as that mobo has already been registered to that key.

Yeah this makes sense, but that means that if I do want to throw together another computer with my spare parts I will need to get Windows for my Sabertooth/FX-8350 combo.

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You can reinstall Windows anytime you want to on the same motherboard, even if it's an OEM copy. It's only switching the motherboard that trips you, because Microsoft considers the motherboard the central part of the computer.

On a retail copy, you can upgrade anything. I always buy a retail copy for my main rig, since I know it's going to be used and upgraded for years.

If you're going to upgrade the CPU too, go all the way to an FX-8350. It doesn't cost all that much more, and they're the best quality parts off the production line.

I will be buying a retail copy for my upgrade MoBo if I do upgrade. Having to get a new OS kindof throws a damper on things, but I may be able to get a copy of Windows 7 on campus for cheaper, because I know they do not sell the OEM versions on campus and I remember them saying that the price of Windows 7 was not too high.
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It's been awhile sense I've had to call into to Microsoft about a licensing issue, so it might have changed.
Anyway, if i was you I would rather keep the current motherboard and upgrade to a 180GB SSD drive.
(Watch Techbargins.com for a good sale)
Sell off the 7850 and buy the 7950

I want to upgrade my MoBo because the current one I have is not fulfilling my OC needs and also because I am upgrading to parts that I should have saved up for in the first place, we'll say, I am righting my wrongs. Haha.. Where would you suggest selling off the 7850 and for how much? I will be throwing an SSD in eventually, but for the moment I am not worried about my load times.
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