Upgrading Motherboard + hardware, a few questions

Hi all,

Over the past week I've gotten a few new hardware pieces that I'm ready to upgrade my current computer with that is going to completely revamp my build.

One of the things I'm worried about however is if replacing the motherboard will mess up the hard drive (which I would like to avoid wiping) as I do not have much experience in this field, nor am I very tech savvy so any help would be appreciated.

My current build is something as follows:
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-ASUS F1A75-M motherboard
-Radeon HD6750 GPU
-AMD A6-3500 CPU
-4gb ram
-1.5 tb HDD
-600w PSU

What I'm upgrading to:
-Windows 7 Home Premium
-Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard
-nVidia GTX660 GPU
-Intel i5-2500k CPU
-8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3
-1.5tb HDD
-600w PSU

As bolded above, I plan on sticking with THE SAME HARDDRIVE, as well as a 600w PSU. This brings up my question:

After I replace all of the hardware with the new motherboard and other hardware, how will my harddrive react to my new motherboard? Would it be best to back up files and then wipe the hard drive or can I just install the motherboard without worry?

If any questions just ask, I'll try to provide the answer.

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  1. Backup your files! While you are changing from AMD to Intel, it is very unlikely, that windows will even start on the new mobo. You can try i save mode and uninstall the old drivers, but there is a risk, that you don't get it to run.
  2. Yes, a fresh install is essential when switching CPU vendors....
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