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Reformatting a new PC

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I'm putting a completely new rig together with the exception of my hard drive. Even if the new rig allows me to boot windows and everything normally, should I still reformat for the sake of avoiding driver issues or something like that?
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3750k @ 4.3 MSI P67A-GD65 Sapphire 7850 OC edition 8gb  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
1gb sata hyper 212+ win 7 samsung 21' 
PowerCaseMouse
620w Antec Neo Eco NZXT Evo Tempest abyssus 
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i5 3750k @ 4.3 MSI P67A-GD65 Sapphire 7850 OC edition 8gb  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
1gb sata hyper 212+ win 7 samsung 21' 
PowerCaseMouse
620w Antec Neo Eco NZXT Evo Tempest abyssus 
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Fresh install will work best and is the preferred option. I have kept the OS intact in a couple situations out of convenience and it has worked, but that was with Win7.
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3770K @ 4.1ghz Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH EVGA 780Ti Classified HydroCopper Samsung 16GB (4x4GB) Wonder RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Performance Pro 256GB  Western Digital Elements 2TB Samsung F4 2TB EK Supremacy  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-CoolStream XTX 360 (X2) D5 w/ EK Top XSPC Photon 270 Tube Reservoir EK Compression Fittings 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Yate Loon Medium (x13) Windows 10 Pro x64 Dell UltraSharp U2715H  Corsair Strafe RGB w/ MX Cherry Silent 
PowerCaseMouseOther
NZXT Hale90-1000-M Caselabs SM8 Logitech M705 Marathon  NZXT Sleeved Extensions 
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NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3770K @ 4.1ghz Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH EVGA 780Ti Classified HydroCopper Samsung 16GB (4x4GB) Wonder RAM 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Performance Pro 256GB  Western Digital Elements 2TB Samsung F4 2TB EK Supremacy  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-CoolStream XTX 360 (X2) D5 w/ EK Top XSPC Photon 270 Tube Reservoir EK Compression Fittings 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Yate Loon Medium (x13) Windows 10 Pro x64 Dell UltraSharp U2715H  Corsair Strafe RGB w/ MX Cherry Silent 
PowerCaseMouseOther
NZXT Hale90-1000-M Caselabs SM8 Logitech M705 Marathon  NZXT Sleeved Extensions 
Other
NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller  
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A fresh install with a new rig is always the best bet even if it's a bit more hassle. Once you're done getting your base system set up, make an image of it and keep it handy in case you hose something up down the road.

A quick re-image in the future can have you back up and running in minutes rather than hours.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
965BE C3 Gigabyte 880GA-UD3H Onboard 8gb G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial C300 64gb / 1tb WD1002FAEX Windows 7 Pro x64 HP 2311x Seasonic X-650 Gold 
CaseMouse
Lian Li A-05NB Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 
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965BE C3 Gigabyte 880GA-UD3H Onboard 8gb G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial C300 64gb / 1tb WD1002FAEX Windows 7 Pro x64 HP 2311x Seasonic X-650 Gold 
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Lian Li A-05NB Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 
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