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So I'll be switching sockets soon...
going from an 875k to a 960.
I've swapped motherboards on the same chipset before without problems, but will it be as easy changing from P55 to X58?
Do I need to reinstall everything?
Tips? Thanks
Edited by Geglamash - 12/24/10 at 4:40pm
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If you are referring to reinstalling Windows yes; it's a different motherboard and different chipset.

Any reason in particular you're moving from 1156 to 1366?
Only reason I could possibly see is for PCI bandwidth but you're only running 1x (mid-end) card...
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If you are referring to reinstalling Windows yes; it's a different motherboard and different chipset.

Any reason in particular you're moving from 1156 to 1366?
Only reason I could possibly see is for PCI bandwidth but you're only running 1x (mid-end) card...
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Picked up a 960 for $99.
What if I tried booting up without reinstalling?
Would my rig asplode?
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Windows 7 will recognize the new chipset and change drivers, but it is always recommended to do a clean install when you switch mobo's
    
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Originally Posted by Geglamash View Post
Intel Retail Edge
Picked up a 960 for $99.
What if I tried booting up without reinstalling?
Would my rig asplode?
Wouldn't asplode (lol), but wouldn't be good either.
A lot of the drivers etc windows has for your hardware; specifically the board/chipset won't be right - plus it might even impact the validity of the install itself (not sure on that one TBH).

You're still going to have to at least buy a X58 board too though (can still use your dual-channel kit fine)...honestly you're not going to get any real gain from that upgrade.
I'd just sell it and pocket the cash / use it for an upgrade that would be more noticeable / beneficial...just my
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Windows 7 will recognize the new chipset and change drivers, but it is always recommended to do a clean install when you switch mobo's
Yup. I've changed board/CPUs and Windows (especially 7) handles it with barely a pause. Boot takes a bit longer. The only real problems to watch out for and preempt are things like motherboard utilities which need removed before swapping.
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it'll boot and actually install correct drivers for you. I've done it once with a p35 to p55 board and everything worked. It was a lot slower than a fresh install. Just backup everything and fresh install.
    
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Windows 7 will recognize the new chipset and change drivers, but it is always recommended to do a clean install when you switch mobo's
Alright thanks!
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Originally Posted by candy_van View Post
Wouldn't asplode (lol), but wouldn't be good either.
A lot of the drivers etc windows has for your hardware; specifically the board/chipset won't be right - plus it might even impact the validity of the install itself (not sure on that one TBH).

You're still going to have to at least buy a X58 board too though (can still use your dual-channel kit fine)...honestly you're not going to get any real gain from that upgrade.
I'd just sell it and pocket the cash / use it for an upgrade that would be more noticeable / beneficial...just my
Okay good to know, thanks!
Already got a motherboard to go with it.
I would sell it, but legally you can't; and I like new hardware.
Edited by Geglamash - 12/24/10 at 4:57pm
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You dont need to reinstall windows. It might ask you to reactivate it since a mobo change is big change. Heck I just swapped ram once and it asked me to reactivate.
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Forgot to add. Probably best to delete all drivers to current board before the switch over.
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