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Reformat on installing new mobo or not?

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Ok, I've gone about my build completely the wrong way, I installed a new ssd, reformatted, i then installed a new gpu, ram and power supply after a think and again reformatted.

I've got a stable overclocked gaming rig with a lot on it, bit I am now considering a new cpu n mobo to finish it off, do I have to reformat again or not?

As I say I really wish I'd realised I was basically going to rebuild my pc, started off all I was going to do was change the ssd, it's turned into a new pc!

Current is i5 750 oc to 3.5 thinking of an i5 3570k

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post #2 of 5
you don't absolutely need to, but it's highly recommended

at the very least i would uninstall all the original chipset/mobo software in safe mode before installing the new one
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I always reformat and fresh install an OS when changing motherboards. Gives you a blank canvas in which you don't have to worry about software or drivers conflicting with each other. If you install Windows via USB or PXE (If you have a server on your network), the install will take no time at all.
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Thanks, I think it's probably best if I reinstall ...

I have a nas on my system. Didn't know you could install from a server.

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You could always use "sysprep" to reset your os vis à vis hardware without loosing the data.
It works on win 7 and 8 (it's trickier on xp).
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