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You don't need to do an OS reinstall. You're swapping mobos with the exact same chipset. You'll be fine, I guarantee it. Besides, Windows 7 isn't like XP or even Vista when it comes to switching mobo; it is extremely capable of identifying hardware changes, installing the appropriate drivers and not re-using the old drivers anyways.

I did the opposite of you before my i7 build - I went from an ASUS P5N-D 750i to an EVGA 780i without reinstalling Windows 7 64-bit.
The only thing you should do before is uninstall your current chipset drivers, swap mobos, then let windows find updated drivers or go to Nvidia's site and download the latest Nforce drivers.
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Its always better that you reinstall your OS every time you change motherboard, at least everything will work 100%.
This is true, but as long as you do a good sweep of your old drivers there shouldnt be an issue. I have done it multiple times before with no problems. People always say to do a clean install just to be safe.

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You don't need to do an OS reinstall. You're swapping mobos with the exact same chipset.
South bridge, sure. Northbridge, not so much. Although it might work without cleaning your divers, it is always worth the extra 5 minutes to be sure you have everything correct.

Just be sure to boot into safe mode, clean your drivers, and install new ones. Yes Windows 7 will probably be able to do this for you but I always do it myself just be be sure.
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only if you go from two incompatible SB's, like going from an ICH9R (intel)to a 780i MCP (Nvidia)...
You sir have made me smarter today... I never knew that was the reason of my constant reformats! + rep.
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