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January 27, 2011 7:22:25 PM

Hi right now im running a computer with
Specs:
Processor: AMD Athlon™ II 630 Quad-Core Processor
• 2.80GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 4000MHz System Bus
Memory:Memory 6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM memory
Graphics card: XFX 5770 XXX edition
Operating system : Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Internal drive: 1 Terabyte Serial ATA hard drive
Screen: 20 inch 1600x900 resolution
Power supply: 500W Atx
All the drivers are up to date. I uninstalled and installed multiple times.
I bought a xfx 650W psu + a NZXT Tempest Evo EATX Mid Tower Case and will pick it up next week.
what i need help is im thinking about upgrading my cpu and motherboard. Im upgrading my motherboard because i cant over clock my cpu because it was store bought. (HP) I was wondering what motherboard and cpu was good for my computer? thinking 300$max. I am going to crossfire my 5770s when i get the motherboard. And my other question was that if i install a new motherboard i heard that i will need to reinstall windows 7. is that true? thanks in advance!

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January 27, 2011 7:39:16 PM

a-p-p-l-e-s said:
Hi right now im running a computer with
Specs:
Processor: AMD Athlon™ II 630 Quad-Core Processor
• 2.80GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 4000MHz System Bus
Memory:Memory 6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM memory
Graphics card: XFX 5770 XXX edition
Operating system : Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Internal drive: 1 Terabyte Serial ATA hard drive
Screen: 20 inch 1600x900 resolution
Power supply: 500W Atx
All the drivers are up to date. I uninstalled and installed multiple times.
I bought a xfx 650W psu + a NZXT Tempest Evo EATX Mid Tower Case and will pick it up next week.
what i need help is im thinking about upgrading my cpu and motherboard. Im upgrading my motherboard because i cant over clock my cpu because it was store bought. (HP) I was wondering what motherboard and cpu was good for my computer? thinking 300$max. I am going to crossfire my 5770s when i get the motherboard. And my other question was that if i install a new motherboard i heard that i will need to reinstall windows 7. is that true? thanks in advance!


No real need to overclock, although what are you using your computer for?
Also, what motherboard are you using?
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January 27, 2011 8:27:33 PM

omnisome said:
No real need to overclock, although what are you using your computer for?
Also, what motherboard are you using?

Im using my computer mainly for gaming and photo shop

HP Pegatron M2N78-LA ASUS OEM Violet6-GL8E NVIDIA 9100 AM3 Motherboard is my motherboard

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004FDII1G/ref=a...
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January 27, 2011 10:29:29 PM

You dont need a new cpu, just a replacement motherboard that will allow you to overclock.
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January 28, 2011 3:16:06 AM

popatim said:
You dont need a new cpu, just a replacement motherboard that will allow you to overclock.

but if i upgrade my motherboard will i need to reinstall windows? because i heard that from somewhere..
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January 28, 2011 6:26:34 AM

a-p-p-l-e-s said:
but if i upgrade my motherboard will i need to reinstall windows? because i heard that from somewhere..


Yes.
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January 28, 2011 3:22:45 PM

a-p-p-l-e-s said:
but if i upgrade my motherboard will i need to reinstall windows? because i heard that from somewhere..


Are you getting a new copy of Windows 7?

I know some makers limit the version of windows so that it will only install on PC's with their branded motherboard. I.E. you can't use the Dell version of Windows to install on an HP machine.

Also, by changing your motherboard, you DO need to re-install windows so the correct drivers will be picked up by the install.
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January 28, 2011 3:32:41 PM

i agree with popatim, get a new mobo and OC your 630 to 3ghz then you have a 640
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January 28, 2011 5:48:48 PM

clarkjd said:
Are you getting a new copy of Windows 7?

I know some makers limit the version of windows so that it will only install on PC's with their branded motherboard. I.E. you can't use the Dell version of Windows to install on an HP machine.

Also, by changing your motherboard, you DO need to re-install windows so the correct drivers will be picked up by the install.

so if i buy a new motherboard i just need to get any copy of windows 7 and use the serial code that is on my computer case? or will i have to get an hp copy? sorry but i got kind of confused
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January 28, 2011 5:52:24 PM

I think you'll have to use the code that comes with the copy of 7 that you bought, not the one on the case.
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January 28, 2011 6:02:48 PM

kilo_17 said:
I think you'll have to use the code that comes with the copy of 7 that you bought, not the one on the case.

really? that just sucks then.....
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January 28, 2011 6:04:08 PM

a-p-p-l-e-s said:
so if i buy a new motherboard i just need to get any copy of windows 7 and use the serial code that is on my computer case? or will i have to get an hp copy? sorry but i got kind of confused


When you activated the copy of Windows that came on your PC originally, M$ recorded the hardware config and the key code you used to register.

If you try to activate again with that key code, and a different hardware configuration, the activation will fail. :cry: 
You might be able to talk M$ into giving you a new code, but since the original one was tied to an HP machine, and you now have a completely different Motherboard, I wouldn't think you will be successful in that. :pfff: 

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January 28, 2011 6:22:51 PM

clarkjd said:
When you activated the copy of Windows that came on your PC originally, M$ recorded the hardware config and the key code you used to register.

If you try to activate again with that key code, and a different hardware configuration, the activation will fail. :cry: 
You might be able to talk M$ into giving you a new code, but since the original one was tied to an HP machine, and you now have a completely different Motherboard, I wouldn't think you will be successful in that. :pfff: 

what are the chances Microsoft will give me a new code? ) :
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January 28, 2011 6:30:15 PM

a-p-p-l-e-s said:
what are the chances Microsoft will give me a new code? ) :


You have two chances...Slim and none :whistle: 
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January 28, 2011 6:36:15 PM

clarkjd said:
You have two chances...Slim and none :whistle: 

im calling an hp person atm i hope your wrong ) :
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January 28, 2011 7:46:46 PM

man hp has the worst customer service ever... they are real mean and said i will never get the windows 7 from them... and that i should not upgrade the computer because they made it so that the computer is really good for games etc... im like dude this is a 800$ comp from hp with a integrated graphics card...
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January 28, 2011 10:36:01 PM

after talking to 3 different hp supervisors ( supervisor of the supervisor of the supervisor... ) for 4 hrs and i was going no where i just hung up on the guy because he was ignoring me... i call Microsoft and tell them my problem and BOOm before i even ask he says get a pen and paper because here is your new windows 7 cd key! ( i love Microsoft and i hate hp now..)
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a b ) Power supply
January 28, 2011 10:38:49 PM

Congratulations! Glad it worked out for you.

Good luck with the re-build!
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January 28, 2011 10:42:48 PM

Great!!
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January 28, 2011 11:12:25 PM

clarkjd said:
Congratulations! Glad it worked out for you.

Good luck with the re-build!

ty! hope the cd keys he gave me work tho...
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January 28, 2011 11:17:15 PM

Now Which mother board is good?
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January 28, 2011 11:33:36 PM

I have an MSI 880GM-E41 motherboard in my rig, and it's pretty nice. I think they also make an 880GM-E43, and -E45. The E41 is around $75 on Newegg, I believe.
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January 28, 2011 11:41:11 PM

kilo_17 said:
I have an MSI 880GM-E41 motherboard in my rig, and it's pretty nice. I think they also make an 880GM-E43, and -E45. The E41 is around $75 on Newegg, I believe.

i need a motherboard that can crossfire + in the future i plan on buying the bulldozer cpu from amd and want it to be able to handle that ) :
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January 28, 2011 11:49:21 PM

clarkjd said:
When you activated the copy of Windows that came on your PC originally, M$ recorded the hardware config and the key code you used to register.

If you try to activate again with that key code, and a different hardware configuration, the activation will fail. :cry: 
You might be able to talk M$ into giving you a new code, but since the original one was tied to an HP machine, and you now have a completely different Motherboard, I wouldn't think you will be successful in that. :pfff: 



I am constantly installling/reinstalling Windows (XP,Vista and 7).
If you do get a fail with the COA (Certificate of Authenticity) key it
is because you are using a different PID ie retail disk with oem key
Microsoft offers a Product Key Update tool free to download.
Just use that to change to COA key.
Also you can do the automated phone system and IF you answer
properly (google how to do it) they will give you the validate code (I have only
done that on XP)
It is possible to use a OEM from one company ie Dell on another machine.
It just has less drivers and wont pick up the key code off of mobo.
Just FYI
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