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    Post Upgrading method

    The past 2 times I have upgraded my mobo and processor I backed up all my personal data onto cds and then reformatted my hard drive and did a fresh install of windows from scratch, and then went through adding drivers programs, folders etc...
    I am about to change mobo again, and was wondering whether I need to go to such lengths again as it was very longwinded.
    Most people on these forums upgrade hardware on a regular basis and I was wondering whether you could share your methods and give any hints or tips.
    Perhaps a good upgrading how to guide could form a good sticky??

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    Have a look at this sticky from the arstechnica forums:
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Socket 775 (3.0GHz), stock cooler, Gigabyte GA-EP43-S3L iP43 Socket 775, OCZ 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 Gold Memory, PowerColor HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDTV Out PCI-E Graphics Card, Seagate 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache, Arctic Power 500W PSU, Hann-G 19" widescreen
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    keep in mind your current mbo chipset and your new mobo chipset, example is , current nf2 chipset and your new board has a nf2 chipset, you should be ok, whereas if your new board was for example, a via chipset, youd almost certainly need a fresh install. windows doesnt like mixing chipsets

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    • Flibb's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
      • CPU:
      • AMD FX-6300
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 PC3-12800
      • Storage:
      • Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250G
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 3GB MSI Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr
      • PSU:
      • FSP
      • Operating System:
      • Win7 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Deffl TFT thing
    I keep all stuff i want saved on a seperate partition, also docs etc are backed up on a tape drive. I also download all new drivers before formatting my main partition that way dont have to worry about getting a virus the first ime i logon after installing.

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