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A couple of questions

Last response: in Systems
July 21, 2012 7:12:02 PM

I just bought a new Motherboard:



And was thinking about installing that into my current system using the following parts that are already in my current system:

Hard Drive that has all my files and a fresh install of Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate Retail:

And Graphics Card:


And I was wondering if I could just switch out the Mobo, Ram and CPU, install the hard drive and graphics card and boot it up or if I will have to reinstall Windows 7 again?

If I have to reinstall windows can I then restore from a current backup?


What will I have to do to get all my files etc that I have now?

Or should i just wait until I have the money for a new Case, PSU, Graphics card and Monitor and just build a brand new system while keeping the system I have now the way it is?

Sorry, just getting a little antsy looking at all these new parts and I want to use them, rofl.

I still need to save:

$250 - $300 for a new HD7850 or a GTX570 (Have not entirely made up my mind yet?)

$75 - $100 for a 650W PSU (any recommendations on a new 650W Modular PSU that will be bottom mounted)

$100 for a new case I like this one:

$150 for a new flat screen monitor

As always any and all help will be greatly appreciated!

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2012 7:18:47 PM

What are the specs of the old MB, CPU and RAM? Chances are you will need to re-install Windows OS with the new components. Graphics card will work; no problem, as will the hard drive. Those hardware canges often require a fresh install of OS.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2012 7:25:42 PM

Do you have an extra hard drive? If so, you can copy the files you want from the current HD. You could also burn them to a CD or DVD and copy back to HD after the fresh install.