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 Post subject: New MB-re-install OS?, or install MB drivers to existing OS?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:51 am 
8086
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I want to upgrade my MB and Processor from Z77 to Z87. Should I re-install Windows 7 Pro or can I just install the new Motherboard drivers to my existing OS on my SSD?


Current hardware:

ASUS Sabertooth Z77
Intel i7 3770K
16GB Corsair Vengance
EVGA GTX 660 2GB Graphics
Samsung pro 256GB SSD
Seagate 3TB HDD
Corsair 850 Watt PSU

I want to give my old hardware to my friend who desperatley needs a new computer

Thank for any and all advice.


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 Post subject: Re: New MB-re-install OS?, or install MB drivers to existing
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:17 am 
Smithfield
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... I would say skip the upgrade, because there's no need to spend that money for what amounts to an at most 10% improvement in performance. Or use that money to build a computer for your friend.

Anyway, to answer your question: you're going to have to reactivate Windows anyway, so it would be best to do a reinstall in this situation. Also if you are thinking about upgrading, the video card is the first place to start.


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 Post subject: Re: New MB-re-install OS?, or install MB drivers to existing
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:45 am 
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Thanks for your reply...regarding upgrading the GTX 660, How about an EVGA GTX 760 4GB. I saw a nice write-up on this website about it.


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 Post subject: Re: New MB-re-install OS?, or install MB drivers to existing
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:17 pm 
Smithfield
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I'm not too keen on the upgrade to a 760 since you'll get a 20% or so improvement. If you get a 770, you'll get anywhere from 50%-80% for $330 or so versus $250 for the going rate of a 760.


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 Post subject: Re: New MB-re-install OS?, or install MB drivers to existing
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:06 pm 
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OK - Thanks for Graphics card advice. :D


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