hey, my mobo is broken, so im getting newone. i have e4400, 3gb ddr2 ......
if i change only the mobo, (totally different one) do i need to reinstall the OS?
or do i just install the drivers over the old ones?
It's best to format your hard drive, but I have a friend that didn't do that and his works just fine. In other words, he just installed the new drivers over the old ones. He's been running it for a month with no problems.
Some thinking before you build makes this pretty easy and no moving stuff to external and back. If you had done this:
C:\OS and OS Utilities
D:\Swap and temp files
you would only have to format an 8 or 16 GB C:\ drive. You'd still have to install your programs over themselves (and some of your games) but all your custom program settings, saved games etc would remain intact. You'd also insure that the stuff you want to be fastest is on the front (faster part) of your drive.
So, if ya ain't got that, maybe now's the time to invest the effort so as to make next time easier as well as pick up a bit for performance.
And no, I wouldn't install over if it was a different chipset. If it was, I'd think about installing over but I think I'd talk myself outta it.
I went from a asus a8r32-mvp deluxe to a gigabyte p35-ds3r without having to reinstall the os. The ati board uses standard drivers and the intel board uses pretty close to standard drivers plus I have a pci raid controller so that helped a bit as well.