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I want to upgrade my motherboard from a 970 to 990FX chipset

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Currently I am using a Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P. I think I cheaped out on the mobo a little in my build, and I want to upgrade it before trying to overclock. I am looking mostly at ASUS, mainly the Sabertooth or M5A99FX. My main question is whether Windows (8.1) will boot/run if I switch the board out, and what options I might want to set in the BIOS before attempting to boot. I have heard that with Windows 7 the process is not so easy, but with Windows 8 it should still work but may require reactivation? I've also read that whether I have an OEM or retail copy can affect this.
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You will probably have to reinstall windows for the new board. And yes, if you have an OEM copy of windows 7 it is bound to the old motherboard.
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I am running Windows 8.1. There seem to be fewer horror stories with Windows 8.1, but nothing definitive. It works for some, doesn't for others. I will try nevertheless.
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If you already have a Win 8.1 install you will lose validation. The key is tied to the board. I remember seeing there is some command you can run in command prompt to remove the key from the board, need to google this. Or you can call the 1-800 number and re-validate.

Also what do you feel is holding you back? Overclocking? The Sabertooth is a much better board, as far as overclocking goes, than the M5A99FX with 8-core chips. There is nothing wrong with the D3P unless you're needing OC's on an 8 core or 2 full x16 pci-e slots.
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I am running Windows 8.1. There seem to be fewer horror stories with Windows 8.1, but nothing definitive. It works for some, doesn't for others. I will try nevertheless.

It's definitely worth a shot, but you will most likely end up having to reformat. Just back up anything essential from your boot drive before you try putting in the new board.
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Shouldn't need a format. On Win8 i went from a 970A-UD3 to a 990FXA-UD3. You lose validation because the key is tied directly to the board. All you have to do is call the 1-800 number, takes like 5 minutes.
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Shouldn't need a format. On Win8 i went from a 970A-UD3 to a 990FXA-UD3. You lose validation because the key is tied directly to the board. All you have to do is call the 1-800 number, takes like 5 minutes.

That's what I was thinking - same universal driver package from AMD for both. Won't discuss the OEM vs. retail re-validation (most forums are very touchy about that subject), but from experience you're right about the call you need to make. I've never had a problem.
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post #8 of 10
As above, you should not have to reformat. You're only making a mild change to the chipset. I pulled a Phenom II board and put in an 990FXA and Windows still worked fine after detecting new hardware and a couple of reboots.

You will want to clean out the orphaned devices afterwards, however, and this utility makes it a piece of cake.
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As above, you should not have to reformat. You're only making a mild change to the chipset. I pulled a Phenom II board and put in an 990FXA and Windows still worked fine after detecting new hardware and a couple of reboots.

You will want to clean out the orphaned devices afterwards, however, and this utility makes it a piece of cake.

I guess its diferent for AMD. This does not work with intel, at least not when you go from a Q6600 to an i5-3570k.
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I guess its diferent for AMD. This does not work with intel, at least not when you go from a Q6600 to an i5-3570k.
Its also different if you use a ssd or HD. I went from an Asrock P45TS E8500 system to an Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 FX-6300, both on win 8, without reformatting and no problems except for the call to M$. No problems so far at all.
Back in the old days, with ide hard drives, you wouldnt even consider not formatting with different mobos, because of all the headaches it would cause.

On the other hand, a clean install after a format is always nice and makes the system new, fresh and sparkly, heh.
    
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