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CPU and Motherboard Swap

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Posted · Original PosterOP


I am planning on swapping components from a prebuilt i bought a couple of years ago. Right now i have an i5 6400 with a asus motherboard that came with the prebuilt. I was to switch these two components to an MSI tomahawk b450 max and a R5 3600. I understand how everything physically plugs in but i don't know how to do the software half of things. My boot drive right now is a 500gb ssd. I have heard different reports on whether i need to backup, deactivate windows, reinstall windows, etc. If someone could please walk me through all the steps that would be appreciated. 


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With a new motherboard you should reinstall windows.


So you'll just create a bootable usb drive with the windows installer on it. You can get the program here:



Back up your important stuff because this will wipe it completely

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