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How much pain and suffering will there be if I replace a Windows 7 machine's motherboard, CPU and video card, but leave the hard drives?
posted by chengjih to technology (10 answers total)
The video card on my 3-year-old machine is starting to get flaky. I don't believe replacing just the video card is worth effort on an older box.
If I were to replace everything except the hard drives, how much pain and suffering will there be? The current system is an Intel Core 2 Duo 3GHz on a motherboard with an Intel ICH9R chipset. The video is an ATI 3870 card. If I replace everything except the case and the hard drives, I would be looking at some i5 board. Bonus: the 2 hard drives are RAID using the ICH9R.
Yes, I have backups, etc., and the question is how much pain and suffering I would go through getting Windows 7 to work again without reinstallation, compared to reinstalling Windows.