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February 18, 2012 10:13:15 PM

So currently, I Have an i5 2400 and I was thinking of upgrading to an i7 2600k. If I do upgrade, would I have to buy another copy of Win 7? I've heard different things about this and was wondering if I could get a good answer.

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February 18, 2012 10:21:45 PM

No. I would try selling the 2400 first and see if you get any offers; if it won't sell, I wouldn't get the 2600 with Ivy bridge only a couple of months away.
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February 18, 2012 10:28:57 PM

What do you do mainly on your computer mainly? If it is gaming there isn't much point. If its more then 4 threaded program's that you use such as video encoding then wait for ivy bridge. Not much point upgrading when the newer version is just round the corner.
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February 18, 2012 10:30:31 PM

For gaming, the i7 2600k is a beast, and the i7 rocks in almost all heavily threaded applications also. Another option is wait for Ivy or get the 2500k.
And no you wouldn't have to buy a new copy of win 7.
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February 18, 2012 10:41:41 PM

JustinDee said:
So currently, I Have an i5 2400 and I was thinking of upgrading to an i7 2600k. If I do upgrade, would I have to buy another copy of Win 7? I've heard different things about this and was wondering if I could get a good answer.


No you won't have to get a new copy of windows, you won't have to even reinstall windows.

But I think you would be making a mistake on getting a i7, when Ivy Bridge is coming out very very soon.

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February 18, 2012 10:59:56 PM

No you won't as long as you keep the current HDD you're using in your build.
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February 19, 2012 12:35:54 AM

No, you are allowed six hardware changes and changing the processor counts as one change. If you change the motherboard this will probably count as more than six changes and will need a new Windows license.
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