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06-07-11, 05:38 PM #1
format after installing a new cpu?
do you have to format/reinstall windows if u swap out JUST a cpu?Case: Antec 1200
Motherboard: Asus Rampage II Extreme
CPU: Core i7 960 @ Stock
Cooler: Corsair H70 (Push/Pull)
RAM: 12GB Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24-2T 1.65v
SSD: OCZ Agility 2 120GB
Hard Drives: 2 x 1TB Samsung 7200rpm
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX 560 OC Edition 1GB
Sound Card: SupremeFX X-Fi
Power Supply: Cooler Master 1000W
Optical Drives: LG Blu-Ray RW & Pioneer DVD-RW
OS: Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
06-07-11, 05:56 PM #2
nop, you don't need to when you change any of the hardware, but i usually do it when i change the board to make sure all old chipset drivers etc are clean, but for cpu no, not needed3770k l 4.5Ghz l 1.26vcore
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06-07-11, 06:07 PM #3
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06-07-11, 06:14 PM #4
If you change motherboards and it is a different chipset, a format could be needed. Instead you could sysprep the install to prepare it, or manually remove the chipset driver.
For the processor, it is just a drop in upgrade with nothing else necessary. Depending on your motherboard, less often, you may need a BIOS update to support newer processors properly.
06-08-11, 02:10 PM #5
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Funny, I recently replaced the mainboard for the p8p67. Former board was asus p5qc.
Now due to a cpu that appeared to run hot in bios, I decided to boot from the sata drive with win7 on from the previous board and check with some programs for temps and voltages etc.. After some struggling I got to the desktop, eventually most new hardware adjusted and asked for new drivers etc.
But it leaves quite a mess on your system in this case. Needless to say when I found all hardware appeared to be installed correctly I did a clean install.
As said by others, replacing the cpu requires no reinstall or anything similar.
You can run it with the new speed without a problem.
It's only with videocards problems could arise, mainly because of drivers that tend to stick, or create conflicts like when going from nvidia to ati/amd or viceversa.
And ofcourse mainboards. Due to the different chipsets etc.