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Hardware Upgrade

  1. #1


    Posts : 76
    Windows 8.1 Professional

    Hardware Upgrade


    Hey all,

    So basically i have just ordered a new CPU/Mobo combo, so i will be moving from my Q6600 Core2/P5G41T-M LX3 to the new i5 3570k/P8Z77-v LX.

    I hope this is a good setup to get, considering my GPU seems to be slightly bottlenecked and the CPU is only a few years old now.


    Anyway, as to my post, will i need to run the windows tool that preps the system for HW changes? I know it was possible in Windows 7, but should i really do it for this new setup?

    Oh and any thoughts or feedback on the CPU and Mobo Combo?


    Cheers all.

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Compare the two motherboards. Do they have the same chip-set? If they are the same or very similar you can probabaly get away with just doing a straight swap. Do they have the same sound card, etc. If one is say RealTek and the other VIA you may want to uninstall the sound driver before doing the swap. If it was me, I'd do a clean install anyway just to avoid any glitches along the way. Windows 8 may prompt to activate, not sure if that will be a problem or not.
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