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Upgrading motherboard and processor from Gigabyte X58 to Asus Z77 without re-installing Windows?

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I have a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R rev1.6 with an i7 950, and want to upgrade to an Asus Z77 Sabertooth with an i7 3770k

Will I be able to do this without installing Windows all over again? I will be using the same RAM and everything else from my old build.

Thanks for any help
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post #2 of 16

Yes, there's a chance that it will work.  However, I recommend preparing as though it won't.  That is, prepare as though you are going to format and start over.

 

Of course, if you have an OEM copy of Windows 7, then you would need a new one.

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post #3 of 16
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Thanks for the quick reply, much appreciated. I just cloned my hard drive after upgrading the ssd, so have the old ssd available just in case. I really don't think I could handle installing windows all over again, I have so many programs setup a certain way. Is there any way to find out? I was reading the biggest thing to cause a problem is the sata chip in the old board vs the new. I believe I am connecting my old Gigabyte to the Intel sata chip onboard currently.
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post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by nyrang3rs View Post

Thanks for the quick reply, much appreciated. I just cloned my hard drive after upgrading the ssd, so have the old ssd available just in case. I really don't think I could handle installing windows all over again, I have so many programs setup a certain way. Is there any way to find out? I was reading the biggest thing to cause a problem is the sata chip in the old board vs the new. I believe I am connecting my old Gigabyte to the Intel sata chip onboard currently.

 

That's referring to IDE mode vs. AHCI mode.  If you're currently using AHCI mode, then that part won't be a problem.  If you're currently using IDE mode, then there's a small change in the Registry that would need to be made first.

 

I don't know of any way to find out or to predict what will happen.

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post #5 of 16
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Thanks. I'm currently using AHCI. So I guess I'll just cross my fingers and try it when I upgrade in a month or so. Thanks again
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post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by nyrang3rs View Post

Thanks. I'm currently using AHCI. So I guess I'll just cross my fingers and try it when I upgrade in a month or so. Thanks again

 

You're welcome!

 

Again though, have a backup plan ready just in case: prepare as though you're going to format and start over.

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post #7 of 16
The thing is if you have a i7 at 4.2 there is no real reason you need to upgrade.
If i was you I would wait 7 months till the next gen comes out
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Originally Posted by Rustynails View Post

The thing is if you have a i7 at 4.2 there is no real reason you need to upgrade.
If i was you I would wait 7 months till the next gen comes out

Everything I read makes me think the new chip will be geared more for mobile, I don't care about the graphics power of an i7. I want 4.5-5ghz stable and my 950 doesn't cut it. I also don't want to wait 6 months just to spend 1000 on a chip and motherboard when I can spend much less now and get almost the same clock speeds.
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post #9 of 16
But what do you need 4.5 to 5 ghz for ? Just to have that speed and not need it is a waste if you don't need it for something I agree just stick with that for now and wait and the prices will drop so either way you win. Cheaper prices or newer tech your choice. I would buy something new too but I think what I have now is doing just fine and I feel no need to upgrade with my i7 930.
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post #10 of 16
IPC alone is worth the upgrade. Not to mention new tech, less power...... If you have the dough. I would go for it....

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