I'm want to take the plunge to upgrade my now very old LGA775 (with the Nvidia 650i chipset)dual core E6600 machine running winXP to an i7 930 1366(58) platform. so I need to replace mobo, cpu, ram. My question is, when I do the rebuild, can I still boot up from my existing WinXP OS? After replacing, mobo, cpu and ram, when I post, will new system recognize old OS and data, or must I reformat my hard drives (running Raid 0)with a new OS (like Win7 maybe)any advise?
I am looking at rebuilding with 17-930 and the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R with 6 megs of DDR3 1600 Gskill triple channel mem via latest newegg combo deal.
many thanks and yes, to benefit from my upgrade I must run 64bit OS. Must finally abandon XP forever. so then, before I rebuild, I must reformat current HDs in my existing sytem so they are clean when I post/load win7 - right?