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Upgrading Mobo/cpu + new SSD. How do I start SSD/HDD and OS wise??

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January 8, 2014 11:28:06 PM

So im upgrading my i5-750/p55 to i7-4770k/z87( asus hero) and also a 250gb SSD. Currently, i have 2 regular HDD's, one 500gb(OS) and one 750gb.

I really just dont know where to start...I know how to install the parts but what am i meant to do with my HDD's and the new SSD? Do I need to format both HDD's beforehand then just install windows 7 on the SSD? Im also using the same RAM (8gb ddr3-1600) from my i5/p55 mobo setup and i had my i5 overclocked will that affect the RAM for my new mobo?

Thank you! much appreciated!
January 8, 2014 11:33:41 PM

You will need too install your OS to which ever drive you want then use disk management to initialize the others. Since windows will reformat a drive on fresh install for you.
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January 8, 2014 11:44:50 PM

No you do not need to format the hard drives before the installation, install the OS to the SSD for best results and make sure that the SSD is set as primary boot device in bios (put the DVD or USB drive first then the SSD depending on what media you are using to install the OS). When the OS is installed if you then want to format the other drives you can do it through windows. As for the ram you can use it with no issues with the new setup.
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January 9, 2014 1:21:12 PM

Alright Thanks! So there's not really anything i need to do before i start installing the parts? just install the parts then install OS on SSD?
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January 9, 2014 2:26:37 PM

Correct once you get booted up post back on here and I can walk you through initializing your other drives, or send me an email blood181@gmail.com or Steam Phantom_Stranger666 or Blood181
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January 9, 2014 3:05:02 PM

You did buy a new copy of Window 7/8 didn't you?

Unless you have a Full-Retail version, you can't reuse it...

Here's the License Agreement Text (I've tried myself, you can load but you can't register the license key again... )

Disclaimer: Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows software and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed. To acquire Windows software with support provided by Microsoft please see our full package "Retail" product offerings.
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January 10, 2014 4:03:35 PM

Oh wow no I haven't bought a new windows actually and it is the OEM so I guess im gonna have to buy new windows too...fuck lol!

I have another question regarding thermal paste. I still have the "Cooler Master Thermal Compound Kit" thermal paste from the hyper212 plus and its about 4 years old or something. Do you guys think it would still be good for my 4770k? or should i order another thermal paste? Thanks.
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January 10, 2014 5:19:38 PM

redjokr said:
Oh wow no I haven't bought a new windows actually and it is the OEM so I guess im gonna have to buy new windows too...fuck lol!

I have another question regarding thermal paste. I still have the "Cooler Master Thermal Compound Kit" thermal paste from the hyper212 plus and its about 4 years old or something. Do you guys think it would still be good for my 4770k? or should i order another thermal paste? Thanks.


I redo my thermal paste once a year...
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January 11, 2014 1:50:15 PM

Can you use the same tube thats like 4 years old or do you think the paste goes bad?
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January 11, 2014 4:04:32 PM

I've used the same tube after years....

- just squirt the first bit out and DIS-card it.... (it was part exposed to air...)
- then, apply the bit you need to CPU (only thing I've be worried about is any Mold growth in the paste so if there are swirls of multiple colors or a strong odor then clean off your part and order up a new tube....)
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January 12, 2014 2:20:52 PM

Be sure that when you install Windows on the SSD that all of the HDDs are not connected. Just connect your SSD and your boot device. If you have any HDDs connected during the install, Windows may install some hidden boot files there and your new SSD will then be unable to boot without the HDD.

Good luck!

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