I've read a lot about upgrading motherboards... and, it doesn't touch on a few things I'd like to know BEFORE attempting anything;
I have an older 780i motherboard, and would LOVE to upgrade it, my CPU and my Ram.
(I'm having troubles playing 1080P raw video from my GoPro before editing - and have to load it into Sony Vegas so it'll play SMOOTHLY. Hence the upgrade, to correct some of the lag. AND, it's about time for an upgrade)
What I don't want to have to do;
RE-install Windows Vista
RE-install all of my programs.
If there's a way to upgrade, without having to re-install everything... or, if it'd help to upgrade to Win7 and then upgrade the mobo...etc, ... I'm all ears.
I'd hate to have to re-install ALL of my programs. I mean, it's a nightmare... being that I have to find the original uploads (some are on disc, some in files, and some licenses came in email) and their licenses. Which would like searching for a needle in a haystack (I should have kept ALL the pertinent information in a text file... yet, I didn't).
I know what YOU would do... and what MOST will recommend, but that's NOT what I want to do... HENCE, the question.
I ask again;
HAS ANYONE successfully swapped motherboard, cpu, ram...etc to completely NEW and DIFFERENT (brand, style, model) components and NOT had to re-install the OS? IF YES, what OS did you perform this swap with (XP, Vista, 7...)?
Please save the "suggestions" of... "you should install a new OS" or "you should do a clean install of the OS"