Replacing motherboard, CPU, and RAM. First time and have couple questions.

By Ftowngang916
Dec 30, 2012
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  1. Hello this is my first time working on my computer by myself and after ordering some new parts I would like some help on getting everything to work correctly. I am confident that I can physically put the parts in place, but I am concerned about booting up my PC afterwards.

    Do I have to reinstall Win7 after replacing Mobo and CPU? Or can I boot my computer up normally after the new parts are in? Also I have read that I need to delete the old mobo files from device manager. Is this necessary and how exactly do I do this? Below I have listed my current specs and the new parts I have purchased. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    New Parts: AMD Bulldozer FX-6100 Six Core Processor 3.3GHZ Socket AM3+ 95W
    ASRock 880GM-LE FX AM3+ AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    Current Specs:
    AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+ Windsor 90nm
    4gb ddr2 363mhz
    ati radeon hd 4870
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Replacing a motherboard is a big topic, and there is plenty of advice about it if you google. Some of the highlights are - a new motherboard will necessarily mean a need for new drivers, and the existing installation might or might not boot up. Mostly it will not, but if it does, you will still need to do a 'repair' installation because lots of things need to be changed for the new motherboard.

    Everything depends upon your installation media, because if it was supplied by a major Computer supplier/builder, then it will no longer work at all, either for a fresh installation or a repair installation. It will be tied to your old PC because a certain motherboard or HDD is expected. You will need a general installer (retail version in other words).

    If you have a retail install disc, then as I said, you will need to reinstall, but it might only need to be a repair install, which is a lot quicker and does not destroy any data you already have.

    Either way, be sure to have a full backup first. Good luck, and a happy new year.

    PS. In the event that you can neither boot nor aquire a retail install of Windows 7, there is a possibility that Acronis Universal restore can do what you need.

    I have no experience with this product, which would require you to first purchase, and install both TrueImage and Universal Restore, then produce a Drive Image before continuing to restore with new drivers. It might work out cheaper than purchasing a retail copy of Win7 but take longer. However, you would gain certain facilities that might be a life-saver at other times. I use Acronis TrueImage, but not Universal Restore. I dont regard TrueImage as very easy to use, but respect it's abilities.

    Also note the date of that document - why is this product not well-known? Tread carefully.

    PPS says the option is still available, and overall, £32 GBP, so pretty cheap. Not well-known tho'
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Personally, I'd take the opportunity to start with a fresh Windows install.

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