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Upgrading to 1366 from 1156

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May 14, 2010 12:18:01 AM

hey guys i have a few questions.this will be my second build so please bear with me.im currently running a 1156 core i5 750 build and was going to upgrade mobo and processor but found a great deal on a 1366 board and proc so i plan on going to 1366.i have a 1 tb hdd with around 500 gb unused space on it and am running windows 7 64 bit.when i install the new hardware am i going to have to reinstall os because of the different drivers for board and proc? will i also have to reinstall applications [games,cpu-z,afterburner,etc] or will my hdd be fine as it is now? should i backup to duplicate external hdd with something like the thermaltake blacx to avoid this or just re-install my current hdd and install new drivers for mobo and proc? im sure most users on here think im an idiot for asking these questions,but im just a gamer who enjoys building and gaming on a pc rather then console.im not that great at technical aspects and use these forums and google for help.any feedback will be appreciated,thanks in advance,hope to hear back soon!!!

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May 14, 2010 12:48:47 AM

Its best to do a clean install of the OS when changing the mobo cpu out. you can backup your media on a external HDD to save your game folders where your progress is stored.

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May 14, 2010 12:55:26 AM

does clean install mean i just install as if i just purchased the windows 7 disk from microcenter like i did with current system? do i use the external duplicate hdd as my internal then? what happens to all the files on my current hdd after a clean os install on it,will my games and things still be as they are now or is that why you mentioned to back them up to external.then transfer them back to the same internal hdd after os install? sorry bout a million questions,im kinda clueless on the subject
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May 14, 2010 12:57:27 AM

im going to google these things now also so i can minimize some of these questions for you guys
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May 14, 2010 3:11:19 AM

Clean install is to delete the partition format the HDD as it was new and reinstall the OS. Yes everything on the HDD will be lost.

So you need to backup your important stuff and reinstall it to the HDD after you get the OS reinstalled
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May 14, 2010 3:44:11 AM

you can direct used your old system, no need reinstall
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May 14, 2010 3:47:14 AM

I'm not sure if it's too late or if I'm even understanding what you're doing correctly, but if you are switching your motherboard and processor from an i5 to an i7, I hope you aren't expecting much of a performance boost... It's not really much of an "upgrade" from a gaming performance standpoint.
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May 14, 2010 3:57:22 AM

avexir said:
you can direct used your old system, no need reinstall


So your telling him he can use the HDD he has windows installed on now, change his mobo /CPU and be fine ?

He will be anything but fine He will have problems up the ass, take the chip out of your Honda and put it in your Toyota and tell me your car runs fine :o 

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May 14, 2010 4:05:33 AM

the question is why? just upgrade top the i7 870
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May 14, 2010 4:10:17 AM

The i7-860/870 wont' provide much additional benefit in gaming. Hyperthreading is great...but not for gaming.

To provide the OP useful advice, we really need more info about his budget and intended purpose in upgrading. I'm with jbakerlent, there's not a lot of performance gain to be had by going from an i5-750 to either an i7-860 or an i7-920/930. A lot of cost for very little tangible benefit.
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May 14, 2010 6:10:24 AM

good points,maybe i should put the money elsewhere like ssd or something.i wanted to go 1366 because i have eyefinity setup and i figured the option of going tri-fire or sli one day would be cool.my setup runs most games pretty well but the new ones like metro w/ tesellation and other advanced settings lag quite a bit even with 2 5850 at high res.maybe ill just wait til more of the games coming out use these crazy settings,and poss upgrade gpu's?
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May 14, 2010 6:10:55 AM

thanks niklas-13,if i do switch mobo i will get the backup drive and do a clean install
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May 14, 2010 7:56:30 AM

Niklas_13 said:
So your telling him he can use the HDD he has windows installed on now, change his mobo /CPU and be fine ?

He will be anything but fine He will have problems up the ass, take the chip out of your Honda and put it in your Toyota and tell me your car runs fine :o 



why not ?
I also change my hdd on X58 and P55 chipset
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May 14, 2010 8:18:27 AM

Niklas_13 said:
So your telling him he can use the HDD he has windows installed on now, change his mobo /CPU and be fine ?

He will be anything but fine He will have problems up the ass, take the chip out of your Honda and put it in your Toyota and tell me your car runs fine :o 


Unless you change chipset considerably (other vendor or different generation) there should be no problem.
P55 is just cut out version of X58 using same drivers.

As for CPU change there is no problem at all.
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May 14, 2010 9:36:12 AM

Seems a redundant change. You will get no real gaming benefit from the change and given that both sockets are to become obsolete there is not even the reason of doing it for 'future proofing'.

Changing the i5 750 to anything else is a pointless move for a gamer. I would focus more on fun things like Overclocking your i5 as that is free and will be more beneficial than an 'upgrade'.

If you have the money to burn you could sell both your 5850s and move onto 5870s I guess. Or again, you could just overclock them
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May 14, 2010 7:58:00 PM

avexir said:
why not ?
I also change my hdd on X58 and P55 chipset


If you have a P55 system with a gigabyte mobo and change out the mobo to a X58 and use the same HDD without doing a clean install of the OS you are just asking for BSOD and problem IMO.





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May 14, 2010 8:15:30 PM

Definitely do a clean install or eventually you will run into issues.
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May 14, 2010 8:41:57 PM

thanks for help guys,im def going to do a clean install when i purchase the new board and proc.dunno if im going 1366 or i might just get a p55 with a nf200 chip installed for three card action.wouldnt sell my 5850's for 2 5870's tho,either sell one and get a 5970 for tri-fire or go nvidia possibly.also my 5850's are overclocked all ready as is i5.
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May 14, 2010 8:49:41 PM

just read that tri-fire still isnt compatible with eyefinity using catalyst 10.4 so my whole plan isnt shaping up.hopefully this is fixed with official catalyst 10.5 then ill go for the upgrade
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May 14, 2010 8:51:07 PM

nizz42 said:
good points,maybe i should put the money elsewhere like ssd or something.i wanted to go 1366 because i have eyefinity setup and i figured the option of going tri-fire or sli one day would be cool.my setup runs most games pretty well but the new ones like metro w/ tesellation and other advanced settings lag quite a bit even with 2 5850 at high res.maybe ill just wait til more of the games coming out use these crazy settings,and poss upgrade gpu's?



You could drop in a HD 5970 and sell your HD 5850 if more GPU power is what you need for your eyefinity setup. sell your HD 5850 for say 250 ? its used and a new HD 5970 is 700- 250= 450 might be a better way to go then X58 you will see more from it then a i7 920 might have to OC the i5 750 to 3.4 or 3.6 so it would bottle neck the GPU ? ( anyone know for sure if it would ?
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May 14, 2010 8:59:10 PM

thanks for replys niklas,i actually have my i5 running at 4 ghz.its a nice improvement in benchmarks like vantage from stock.its wierd tho because at that speed as i raise clocks on my gpu's with afterburner,once they hit upwards of 925/1200 my cpu score gets worse and it continues on this trend as i go higher on gpu clocks.dunno whyif i do go 5970 would u be willing to buy 5850 with ek block attached or would you not want to mess with card w stock heatsink removed?
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May 14, 2010 9:04:37 PM

i run 4 ghz 24/7,you think thats ok as long as temps stay down
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May 14, 2010 9:07:25 PM

edit: not 24/7 only when computer is running i meant to say
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