Questions regarding process of replacing mobo & other hardware


This seemed the most appropriate subforum to post in. If not, please let me know.

I'm updating my computer, with a new motherboard, CPU, GPU and RAM. The HDD and PSU are only one year old. I have windows 7 installed on the HDD, alongside approximately 1.5TB of various files.

I'm relatively inexperienced with performing surgery on computers, so I have a few questions I'd like to posit regarding the upgrade process itself. If you are aware of any articles that expand on your answers, I would love a link. I will likely post more questions as they come to mind, if that's alright.

1) The new motherboard (ASROCK H87 Pro4) is much smaller in one dimension than my previous (Gigabyte X48-DS5). I am concerned it may not fit in the case. Is there anyway of finding out before I start pulling things apart? THE ASrock mobo says it is ATX form fitted. The case is made by ATCS, roughly 6 years ago, but I do not know the model number.

2) I understand I will need to freshly reinstall Win7. Um - What about the existing install of Win7 on my HDD? When I insert the disc at startup, will it simply 'reinstall' it intelligently, or do I need to backup/delete/format/repartition my HDD or existing OS? Generally - what's the deal in regards to replacing motherboard whilst keeping the same HDD?

3) Graphics cards are really simple I trust - i.e. my graphics card may not arrive for a couple of days, so if I want to go ahead an get everything else ready today, it's simply a case of swapping the graphics card over quickly in a few days time. Does the bios automatically update okay when graphics cards are swapped over, or does this require any manual editing in bios?

Thanks for the newb questions, and again, if this needs to be moved elsewhere, then by all means do.
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    1.- ATX is a standard so it will fit with no problems, it will only secure to other set of holes in the mobo tray than the ones where your (I guess Full ATX model) Gigabyte used to.

    2.- While starting the installation process, you will be asked if you're upgrading or doing an advanced/customized installation, choose the latter and then in the Disk management section choose to delete partition/format your HDD before installing Windows. Make sure to already backed up any data you want to save before starting this process.

    3.-your current BIOS should be able to detect any GPU being your chipset a current one, only thing is to install the appropriate driver in windows for your GPU.
  2. Thank you, RaDiKal_,

    In regards to question 2, just to confirm I am to select the advanced/customised intallation option. Once having done so, the option to delete partition or reformat HDD will basically be deleting all stored data on the HDD, right? So essentially, replacing motherboard = complete wipe and reformat of HDD also?

    Wish I had 2TB of spare storage kicking around!
  3. Yes, complete wipe of at least one partition though...... if you don't have somewhere to backup your data, you could create a 2nd partition (D:\) where you could store all important data before installation, once backed up and again into the installation menu, choose to format only your primary partition (C:\) where only your previous OS remains.
  4. Oh, that shouldn't be too much of a problem. It is a 2TB drive, split into 3 partitions already, with C: being the smallest by far. I tend to only store OS-related stuff on C:. So as long as I back up any data from C: such as downloads, desktop items, etc. I want onto one of the other partitions, I can choose to have it simply reformat C:/... that's fine. Panic over. Thanks. :)
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