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Old 03-28-2009, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys I just wanted your genius opinions on a small upgrade. Currently I'm stuck with a crappy Dell BTX case and mobo so the following is a new Mobo and Case of ATX format. Any idea's would be a big help!

Newegg.com - ENERMAX Uber Chakra ECA5001B Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases



Newegg.com - MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards







Bonus Question: Will I need to reinstall my OS in the new system?
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Old 03-28-2009, 05:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks good.

As for the bonus question, read here about using Sysprep. It does work.
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Thanks trotter!
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Actually a new motherboard is a major upgrade and he'll have to reinstall windows for the new motherboard. The drivers and such won't be compatible, or he can do a repair install to keep his files.
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evolv rly? I didn't know that, you just kept me from getting a new mobo 0.0
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Actually, no. This allows you to change a mobo out without reinstalling.

I used the Sysprep method on my wife's brother-in-law's computer. Swapped out the mobo, CPU, and GFX card all at the same time... went from a Compaq nForce2 socket A to a PCChips A31G SiS 741GX socket 754, AGP ATI 9200 to a PCI-E ATI X1600. XP installed the appropriate drivers and kept on trucking. I had to activate it again, but that was not a problem.
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