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Hot-swaping a 7XX series board with an 8XX series

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So a friend had me build him a low-budget gaming PC a while back in which I used a 7XX series AsRock Extreme3 mobo. Well he had a nasty power surge the other day and it took out both his psu and motherboard I went onto newegg today to try and get him a replacement, but they no longer have the 7XX series, only the 8XX. If I were to buy the 8XX board, could I just drop it in the place of the 7XX? Or would the chipset differ too much? They're the exact same model, just different series.

Any help would be great, and +rep! Thanks!
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I went from a 785G board to my current 790FX board with no initial problems. However, I would think about reformatting and reinstalling Windows anyway.
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Make a seperate partition on some unused disk space and drop ALL his files onto that, (to create a partition go to search then type disk managment or somthing). Then reformat the empty space and when u re-install 7 just take all of his files and put them back onto the main drive and format the old space with the files back INTO the new space. Do all this AFTER you install the new board.
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Make a seperate partition on some unused disk space and drop ALL his files onto that, (to create a partition go to search then type disk managment or somthing). Then reformat the empty space and when u re-install 7 just take all of his files and put them back onto the main drive and format the old space with the files back INTO the new space. Do all this AFTER you install the new board.
are you saying create an OS image or just his basic documents, etc.?
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