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Switching from Intel to AMD

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I want to upgrade my cpu and motherboard to a newer one and have decided to go the AMD path. I have 3 hard drives at the moment 1 SSD and 2 HDD. The SSD is my current boot drive and has nothing, but boot files and program files on it. The other 2 HDD has games and other files on it. I currently have windows 10 installed. I just wanted to know if there is anything I need to do? One question I need answered is can I just plug in my 2 HDD into the new motherboard without having any issues and be able to access the games and files on them? Another question is can I reuse my old SSD as the new boot drive without having to format it and if I have to do a clean install please link any useful websites? If these questions have been asked before please link them and I will go check. Thank You for any advice

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I'd just do a clean install. Better to do it properly than have any chance of issues.

What do you mean by a useful website? You just wipe it and reinstall.

However, i wouldn't be buying anything AMD until the new stuff is out.

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If it's Windows you will probably want to do a fresh install on the SSD. If the 2 HDDs are just media and games you should be able to reuse the existing files on them without issue leaving them as is.


Windows can be finicky when swapping motherboards. Changing chipset/vendors can just compound the problem. For the best results you usually want to do a fresh install when swapping motherboards. At least that was my own experience.

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Do a clean install. Otherwise th intel firmware and AMD firmware will collide and cause massive issues.

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12 hours ago, 5x5 said:

Do a clean install. Otherwise th intel firmware and AMD firmware will collide and cause massive issues.

I've had 0 problems but it can cause issues.

clean install is the best way.

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Boot and play.


Unlike people who recommend clean install, I actually have experience with switching motherboards. Lot of them. I don't want to write again how it works, read my long post here.


Of course you can believe that "SOME issues" may happens, and you may have "SOME problems". Mostly unspecified.

When your cat will be sick, it will be probably because you didn't reinstall the system. :)


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