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Hi,

I've a question that won't follow the "Guide" posted by Proximon.

I am upgrading my system and will be changing to an i7 950 from a Q9550. This means a mobo change and RAM change.

My question: will I have to re-install Windows Vista on the HDD or can I simply install the components and boot up to expect all files currently on HDD in current Q9550 configuration? I think the drivers for the MOBO will cause an issue but I want to be sure.

I'm wondering if I should just do a fresh install of Vista after completing hardware upgrade.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Kenny
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  1. The HDD will keep most everything that you put on it. Switching the hdd to a new mobo wont harm anything.

    I switched from a low quality biostar to a top end gigabyte with no problems and added a gtx 285 to it.

    Only thing you need to do it install new drivers and make sure the older drivers wont interfere.
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    I'm wondering if I should just do a fresh install of Vista after completing hardware upgrade.
    Yes!!

    I am upgrading my system and will be changing to an i7 950 from a Q9550. This means a mobo change and RAM change. Would go with the Core i7 920ghz CPU, which you can OC without any voltage increase to get the same ghz as the 950 and cost of the half the price.

    *note: If you live near Microcenter you can get the Core® i7 920 w/DO Stepping for $199.00 but you have it buy it at the store.
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0302727&utm_source=mcol&utm_medium=leader_bnr&utm_campaign=hmpg_intel_i7920

    Micro Center: 22 Locations Nationwide
    http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/index.html

    Since I do not know where you live, I will use NewEgg & Amazon.com for parts listings.

    Here are some of the Mobo's you should look at.
    ASUS Rampage II GENE: good small form mobo that kicks butt, 8 phase capacitors, SupremeFX X-Fi built-in and iROG
    tweaking features.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131371

    Asus P6T: good board that you can do either SLI or Crossfire on. Also moderate OC's and priced.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

    Asus P6T Deleuxe v2: Basically the same as the P6T, but you can OC higher due & more stablitiy with the 16+2 phase capacitors it has.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365

    ASRock X58 Extreme: basically the same as P6T, but lower in price as a Austek subsidary. Plus this is the dark horse of the x58 mobo's, if NewEgg can keep it in stock.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163

    EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR X58 Micro ATX SLI Micro: good small form mobo that kicks butt, do Crossfire or SLI and can moderately OC at a low price.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188051

    EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) X58: generally the same as the P6T Deluxe v2, has 100% Solid State Capacitors that will allow high OC's. Plus will do either SLI or Crossfire.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188039

    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R: entry level board that is similar as the P6T.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128375

    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P: similar as the P6T Deluxe v2, that has 12+2+2 phase capacitors.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374

    DDR3 Triple Channel Ram, the 6gb (3x2gb)kit at1600 (PC3 12800) is the best choice for x58 boards.
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800): top end ram, but costly and would suggest either the CAS 7 or 8.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145253

    Mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800): comparable to the Corsair Dominators, but is CAS6.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226050

    Mushkin Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800): comparable to the Mushkin above, but is CAS6, cost slightly more and but is lower in height.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226052

    OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800): good ram at CAS7 at lower price.
    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3P1600LV6GK-PC3-12800-1600MHz-Platinum/dp/B001NFZ5PQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1251006988&sr=8-1

    CPU Cooler's
    CoGage True Spirit Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Silent Fan for Intel LGA1366 $37.95
    (It is similar to the ThermalRight and cools within 1 or 2 degrees' of it.)
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=450&products_id=26022

    If you do get the CoGage True Spirit, I would suggest this Mounting Bracket, instead of the Push-Pin one that come with it.
    Thermalright LGA1366 Bolt-Thru-Kit Retail BOX Bolt-thru Board Mounting kit $9.95
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=173&products_id=24667

    If you want one of the Best CPU HSF Cooler for the Core i7 then I would suggest this one, but it is more expensive.
    Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme-1366 RT Premium Heatpipe Cooler for Intel LGA1366 $74.95
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=450&products_id=24727

    One of the latest Reviews on 1366 CPU HSF Coolers'.
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/07/23/intel_core_i7_heatsink_roundup_q309/5

    Hope this helps you out some. :)
  3. ^yeah, older drivers could possibly be a problem but you can uninstall the old ones and put new ones in safe mode. And BTW if you buy a i7 920, over-clocking it to be as powerful as a 950 is a cakewalk, 950 is only 3.06ghz. And it can safe you a couple hundred bucks, but its your choice.
  4. Pretty much what you originally said and what everyone else said, drivers might cause problems for you. I would suggest backing all your important stuff up and then do a fresh install. No point getting a big upgrade but then bogging it down with stuff from previous install.
  5. Thank you all for your help.

    Given that I want a smooth transition to an essentially fresh build, I decided to format the drive after saving all my information.

    Thank you again!
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