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hello all. ive come to realize, and everyone agrees, that when you build a new system, or heck, even just change out a mobo/cpu, that you should always re-start with a clean hard drive. im basically wondering WHY? like, what will happen if i dont do this? will i just have some extra drivers taking up space on my HDD, or is there more to it then that?

this thrusday when my MSI p67a-gd65 arrives, i will put all my new components together, along with my WD 1tb caviar black HDD that i bought and started using 6 months ago. i dont wanna start from scratch again, but regardless, due to overwhelming opinion on this, i will do it anyways..

so whats SO BAD about not doing this?
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The existing drivers of older hardware might conflict with newer hardware, resulting in performance drop or even windows boot failure (very common).
    
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if its on the same platform like moving from one x58 board to another then there is not reason to reinstall windows ever, it would be a stupid waste of time.
and in most cases when moving between intel chipsets you wont need to do anything other than install sound drivers.
even amd's are cake, i went from a hardrive installed on a DFI nforce3 socket 754 board with windows xp to a foxconn 939 board to a asus 790X and then finaly to a DFI 790FX and never needed to do anything other than install sound drivers lan drives and video drivers for he different video cards.
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Meh, reinstalling Win7 off a USB takes the whole of 30 mins.

More than worth it in my opinion
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Originally Posted by Cyph3r View Post
Meh, reinstalling Win7 off a USB takes the whole of 30 mins.

More than worth it in my opinion
while that may be true, i will have a hell of alot more then just windows 7 to reinstall. either way, as i said, im going to do it.
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probly just for piece of mind, knowing the ur running a fresh OS with ur new gear
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probly just for piece of mind, knowing the ur running a fresh OS with ur new gear
That is the only reason I can think of.
Unless you go from Intel to AMD or vise versa there isnt really a need for it.
Ive heard about going from an 7xx to 8xx chipset with AMD needing a reinstall very rarley but for the most part there isnt a reason to other than the feeling of "All new" it gives.
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