Upgrading PC and reusing hard drive with Vista (possible OEM issue)

I'm upgrading my Gateway that I bought from Best Buy two years ago. I plan on upgrading my power supply, graphics card, CPU, and motherboard. I'm keeping everything else the same. There is one problem though, and that possibly being Vista OEM. I keep reading conflicting reports on how it is or is not possible to transfer Vista OEM onto a new motherboard. When I bought my PC two years ago I got it as an open box, so I don't have any disks pertaining to Vista. There is a product key number on the back of my PC but I don't know if that will help. I have done some research on this already and some people say that Vista will prompt you to call Microsoft for a new key or something.

I'm a novice when it comes to this stuff guys, need help. I'm trying to spend little on this upgrade. I do plan on buying Windows 7 and better ram down the line but for right now it's going to have to wait. Although, if there is no way I could get it to work, I guess I would have to suck it up and buy Windows 7. Anyway, for the hell of it, here's what I plan on buying.
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    I'm not sure with this.

    When i upgraded my motherboard for xp i while ago, i had no disks, i just activated it over the phone, and done. I needed a serial key though, which was on a sticker on the case, maybe its the same for vista.
  2. From the way you put it, it seems like it should work. If there's anyone else that could shed some light on this, it would be great. I can't wait to play some kick ass mods once I get everything up and running.
  3. Best answer selected by DespoticDave.
  4. I just finished with all of my upgrades and everything went as smooth as silk. Vista started up without any sort of OEM issues. I even unlocked my X2 555 into a quad. :D
  5. I almost forgot, in order to fully activate Vista, I had to click on "change product key" and type in the product key code found on the sticker located on the back of my PC. Hit Start->Control Panel->System Maintenance->System, and scroll down to find "change product key." Then simply enter the code on the sticker so the OS can be verified.
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