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Upgrading my MB, CPU & Video card, Reinstalling/problems with Windows?

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November 13, 2012 4:08:31 PM

I'm looking at upgrading my computer over the Christmas period when my xmas shopping is done with. I'm currently on an Athlon II 445 and single GTS450... it's not a bad setup but I want something much better.

I'm looking at getting an i5-3550k and GTX 580, which should run every game I throw at it on max settings...

one problem I have is Windows. The copy I have is an 'OEM system builders pack'. I am aware of limitations when installing these because of them being tied to motherboards, etc. Obviously I need a new motherboard to run 1155 when I am currently on AM3+, so... here is a couple of questions because I'm not so great with MBs....

Will I need to reinstall Windows no matter what, because I am upgrading my motherboard and chipset? I know I don't have to when upgrading anything else...

Will I be able to activate Windows on my new motherboard, because I'm on an OEM builder release of Windows?... how about if I told Microsoft that I'm "having operational issues with my current motherboard and need to replace it with something I deem to be more reliable..."?
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November 13, 2012 4:33:17 PM

yes you can re-authenticate the serial by contacting Microsoft. just make sure to do that once you have the machine upgraded and you will not change things out
November 13, 2012 4:38:21 PM

Should I get my new parts put in, hard drive formatted and Windows reinstalled before contacting Microsoft?
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November 13, 2012 4:41:35 PM

yea basically call or get a hold of customer service when you have the computer running with the windows booted up with your oem disk. they might give you a different serial or tell you to reuse it with their acknowledgment
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