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Upgrade motherboard on windows 8

  1. #1


    Posts : 1
    Windows 7

    Upgrade motherboard on windows 8


    I'm guessing it's better to do a clean install, but I'll ask since this is windows 8. I have a old popular M3A78 EM using a 9850 Phenom. It still uses ddr2 and sata 2 (I have a ssd card so I'm still getting sata 3 speeds for my hard drive).

    I'm just wondering if I should upgrade before windows 8. I plan on getting the windows 8 upgrade and then an upgrade for visual studio. If I do upgrade after windows 8, I'd have to install windows 7 on the new machine and then upgrade it to windows 8 again.

    I think the upgrade of windows 8 is a lot cheaper than the full version, which is almost or is the price of a new motherboard.

    I guess the other option is to do nothing. My computer is decently fast right now, I could speed up some of the compiling and debugging on visual studio though.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I personally haven't had a success doing an upgrade install, as I do custom clean installs. The motherboard seems fine to use, and I would imagine everything should work perfectly. And as you have a SSD, I don't see an immediate need to upgrade unless if you need better graphics performance.
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