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Fortunately, I can avoid all the is the Haswell worth the price for an upgrade from Sandy Bridge discussion. I tend to fall on not side for a 2600K to 4770K. If you wanted more you would already have a 3930K.

However, about 5 months ago my CPU cooler fan lost a blade in the middle of the night locking the fan. This is 3770K was air cooled with a Noctua C14. CPU temps didn't seem high when I got there but who knows what happened overnight (I wasn't recording). Since then the system freezes once per day...sometimes more. It is common to comeback to an idle system to see it has rebooted. I just waited for the next gen system.

Why not 3930K. I thought about it. But for me the money is better spend on a Trident to get the Cuda floating point co-processors for Matlab and Python. If budgets were unlimited it would be a different decision.

The current system is Win 7x64 with an i7-3770k and Asus P8P67-Deluxe motherboard. The replacement is an i7-4770K and Asus Z87-Deluxe motherboard. There are 3 3TB drives and 1 2TB drive as the C-drive (with about 600MB in use). There are another 4 3TB external USB3 drives.

Reinstalling everything is beyond any reasonable scope. What is the right procedure to swap out the motherboard CPU and update the OS for the new hardware?

I know there is some software that will need to be relicensed. At least one package use the LAN port MAC address. Aren't others tied to the CPU? Is there a way to identify the affected programs rather than hit or miss?

Has anyone done this already?

Thanks,

David
Edited by DavidNJ - 6/2/13 at 6:16pm
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The first thought I have is that if your copy of Windows 7 is OEM, then you'll have to buy a new one.

 

If it's Retail, then I recommend preparing to format and start over because you might have to. However, it's not a guarantee that you will. You might even be able to just upgrade to Haswell and maybe even only have to reactivate Windows. It's worth a shot, but I still recommend preparing to format and start over just in case.

 

There may be solutions available to make it so you don't have to even think about the possibility of formatting and starting over, but I don't know what they are because I've never looked into them.

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