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Need help with a new motherboard (noob)

By Alabatross ยท 7 replies
Dec 8, 2013
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  1. Here was my issue:

    here is my last motherboard help thread that contains everything you need to know about my computer:http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1869670/installing-motherboard.html

    So from the above thread we concluded these two were my best options:




    If I get the micro ill get a USB wifi receiver instead. If I get the bigger one id get a PCI x1 slot card.

    The only thing im worried about now is if my fans prongs will fit on the mobo? A friend of mine said they most likely wont so what is a decent fan I can get for under $40?


    I'm afraid ill mess something up as motherboards/cpu chips are the only parts I've never replaced before. If something does happen ill be returning my unopened 770 and getting a ps4 because I really don't want to deal with all of this. Please tell me replacing a mobo is cake lol
  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,481   +975

    Replacing a motherboard basically means you have to start the build over. You have to remove all the connections and the old one from the case and do everything over with the new motherboard. It is tedious but fun (at least for me xD). Either motherboard will work. The H77M (full size ATX) has 2 CPU fan headers, one 4 pin and one 3 pin. The Z75 (micro) has 1 CPU fan header, and that is a 4 pin. As long as the CPU fan uses only one, 4 pin connector, you should be fine on both. If it uses a 3 pin, you will need the ATX one.

    If you need a good fan/heatsink combo for <$40, I would go with the Hyper 212 Evo.

    I hope this helps!
  3. Alabatross

    Alabatross TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi, thanks!

    I heard the 212 wouldn't fit in my case (Antec 902) but I'm not sure if thats true or not.

    I've swapped my motherboard into a new case before, I'm just more worried about moving the cpu to the new bay and then bracing myself when I press the power button for the first time... lol
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    I get the feeling that that's a lie, but it can also have to do with RAM clearance.

    Changing the motherboard can cause an OEM version of windows to be invalidated or force you to go through microsoft's procedure for moving a license if you own a retail copy.
  5. Alabatross

    Alabatross TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yea the last time I reinstalled windows it was through hp's factory install which is really just a D drive copy over to C after it is formatted.

    I was going to try and get my windows key out of windows (http://pcsupport.about.com/od/productkeysactivation/ht/windows-7-key.htm) and then after I swap the motherboard install windows 7 and use the same key on it which I hope works. If it doesn't ill have to buy windows 8 which I don't want to do.

    But you said it might automatically force me to move my license?

    I'm most likely going to order the ATX motherboard today, since I have to take off my current fan to get to the cpu anyway I might aswell wait to see if the prongs will fit on the new motherboard. If not ill quickly order the 212 I guess
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,056   +4,774

    The recover partition will have a backup copy of Windows that is OEM. OEM license are linked to the PC in which it was activated. OEM license are not meant to be transfered to new machines. The user is allowed to replace damaged motherboards, if they use the exact same make and model.
    Windows 7 is still available if Windows 8 is not preferred.
  7. Alabatross

    Alabatross TS Rookie Topic Starter

    A friend of mine suggested doing a true clean windows install because my "no signal" problem sounds like a driver issue since it doesn't happen in safemode etc.

    So I just got done installing windows 7 completely fresh, this time without HP's tool. Ill see what happens. If my monitor says no signal again while playing games or working then ill order the motherboard
  8. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    Good luck.
    Yes technically an OEM licence is bound to the computer it was first installed on, but replacing a motherboard or CPU can sometimes make windows think it's in a new machine, and cause your licence to be invalidated.
    I think it's possible to sort out if you call microsoft and get a nice rep.
    cliffordcooley likes this.

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