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Upgrade to 7th gen is a dumb idea. To those with higher budget, 8th gen brings a lot more performance. For those with tight budget, Ryzen is better value. There just isnt a good reason to buy any 7th gen stuff, especially when it's no longer the current gen hardware but still expensive.

 

As for software and data, all of them can be reused directly in the new system (though some data might be lost, most notably those in the Documents and AppData directory). Reinstalling Windows itself is a must, so the only way to deal with these losses is to manually copy and paste them over.

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I'm about to upgrade to a (MSI  Intel Z270 DDR4 ATX Motherboard Gaming M7). I'm also putting in a new i7-7700k, GTX1080.

 

However, my main concern is all of my data and system licensed software (windows 10 & some 3D software). All of my data is on 1 SSD (500 gb). Will I need to get a flash drive for all of my non-software data (pics, music, etc.) And how would I go about getting my programs re-licensed? I have all the original keys to them if that helps.

 

Secondly, this is my first upgrade of anything on my rig, and any advice is greatly appreciated.

 

Other PC parts of rig + the parts mentioned above(please say anything if the following should get swapped out or added-on as well):

500w Psu, 2x8 gb DDR4, Samsung 500 gb SSD.

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@Fronoid, My opinion would be to hold off upgrading to that mobo and cpu as the 8th gen intels are out and really once the mobo's get more common you would be better off swapping to it.

 


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Your data is safe, and will not be affected. You should not even have to reinstall Windows, which should boot after the conversion is complete, but to be safe get a USB and make a recovery disk using the Windows Media Creation Tool (I recommend downloading the ISO file then flashing it to the PC using an app like Rufus) You may need to re-activate windows but Microsoft have a process if you have changed your hardware. I would make a backup of all your software and contact the provider if you do not have a product key available, or if you are not sure if it will continue to be active.


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Swapping parts in a PC could be done even by kids and there are tons of guides. As for your data don't worry - just put the new parts in and boot it up. Windows 10 will reconfigure itself and install the new drivers (hopefully). I've made 2 switches like this from amd to intel and back to amd system without reinstalling anything.

 

Lastly why are you worried for any licensed software when you have the activation keys? Just download it again, install and activate!

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Upgrade to 7th gen is a dumb idea. To those with higher budget, 8th gen brings a lot more performance. For those with tight budget, Ryzen is better value. There just isnt a good reason to buy any 7th gen stuff, especially when it's no longer the current gen hardware but still expensive.

 

As for software and data, all of them can be reused directly in the new system (though some data might be lost, most notably those in the Documents and AppData directory). Reinstalling Windows itself is a must, so the only way to deal with these losses is to manually copy and paste them over.


Meant to be silent, though not quite. Software voltage readings are wrong if your motherboard's not a high end model

CPU: i7-2600K 4.5GHz 1.36V (software) --> 1.4V at the back of the socket, 1.49V from the Vcore capacitor bank Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 2133MHz GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (OC'd 150Hz) TN, LG 22MP55 1080p 60Hz (OC's 75Hz) IPS Keyboard: SteelSeries Apex M260 with Kailh Blue switches Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

Intakes: Thermaltake Riing 12CM RGB 256 x3, Antec original case fans x2

Exhaust: Cooler Master Jetflo 120 x1

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7.2k RPM 500GB, Toshiba 1TB 7.2k RPM, Seagate Barracuda Pro 2TB 7.2K RPM x2

 

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43 minutes ago, komar said:

Lastly why are you worried for any licensed software when you have the activation keys? Just download it again, install and activate!

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Some of these codes lose their effectiveness after a few tries.


Meant to be silent, though not quite. Software voltage readings are wrong if your motherboard's not a high end model

CPU: i7-2600K 4.5GHz 1.36V (software) --> 1.4V at the back of the socket, 1.49V from the Vcore capacitor bank Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 2133MHz GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (OC'd 150Hz) TN, LG 22MP55 1080p 60Hz (OC's 75Hz) IPS Keyboard: SteelSeries Apex M260 with Kailh Blue switches Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

Intakes: Thermaltake Riing 12CM RGB 256 x3, Antec original case fans x2

Exhaust: Cooler Master Jetflo 120 x1

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7.2k RPM 500GB, Toshiba 1TB 7.2k RPM, Seagate Barracuda Pro 2TB 7.2K RPM x2

 

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I would recommend signing in to MS account if you don't already, then when you have your new system, even if you re-install completely, signing in to MS account again SHOULD re-activate windows with your key IIRC.

Whatever you decide about re-installing or not, make backups of your data just in case.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 hours ago, Jurrunio said:

Upgrade to 7th gen is a dumb idea. To those with higher budget, 8th gen brings a lot more performance. For those with tight budget, Ryzen is better value. There just isnt a good reason to buy any 7th gen stuff, especially when it's no longer the current gen hardware but still expensive.

 

As for software and data, all of them can be reused directly in the new system (though some data might be lost, most notably those in the Documents and AppData directory). Reinstalling Windows itself is a must, so the only way to deal with these losses is to manually copy and paste them over.

Thank you for helping and your advice. The i7 was gifted to me because I was using an i3 before. But when my wallet refills I'll look into the 8th hardware.

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