I'm buying a new motherboard

Hey, I was just looking into be getting a new motherboard because I want to switch from my old ddr2 to ddr3.

I found out one with the socket - lga 775 and chipset g41,which supports my Intel dual core E5300.

So I want to know if there's anything else I should look into before getting some new ram, other than the clock rate.

And also if I have to format my hard disk and reinstall Windows when I switch motherboards.

I plan on using my E5300 but I'll have to change my ram (obviously as the other motherboard is ddr3)

So is there anything else I should look into before getting and installing a new motherboard and ram?

Help would be appreciated very much.
Thank you.
Reply to Hadesthegamer
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  1. You are still using old tech, DDR4 is out now, and usually cheaper and faster. Also, depending on your version of Windows, you may have to do some other things when it comes to hardware changes. You are installing brand new drivers, so a clean isntall is always recommended.

    However, if you don't already have these parts, and you plan on buying them, I would suggest looking into Kaby Lake or Skylake.
    Reply to Herc08
  2. This is a bad idea to do, you will not see any difference with changing motherboards and RAM. For the cost of that you can buy a full used newer computer. It's like spending $10,000 to fix up a 10 year old car instead of just buying a better 3 year old car for the same amount.
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  3. Okay, let's suppose I do have parts I mentioned abov , a ddr3 motherboard with the same socket lga 775 and Intel g41 chipset and ram.

    What else do I need to look into, I Have windows 7, so do I have to format the hard disk and how do I go about the installation process? I checked that my old motherboard is micro - atx, this new one is too

    Anything else like that I need to look into, supposing I have those parts?
    Reply to Hadesthegamer
  4. And as for switching to ddr4, then I'd have to change my processor, the new ddr4 motherboard would never support my old dual core E5300, as of now I don't have a budget to get a new i3 processor.
    Reply to Hadesthegamer
  5. That's what I was saying. It's not point in investing when you are not keeping up the performance. You just should save up and get better parts. Your socket is just too old.
    Reply to Herc08
  6. Hadesthegamer said:
    Okay, let's suppose I do have parts I mentioned abov , a ddr3 motherboard with the same socket lga 775 and Intel g41 chipset and ram.

    What else do I need to look into, I Have windows 7, so do I have to format the hard disk and how do I go about the installation process? I checked that my old motherboard is micro - atx, this new one is too

    Anything else like that I need to look into, supposing I have those parts?


    You will most likely need to do a clean Windows setup once you swap motherboards. How to install it, there are plenty of guides about installing a motherboard.

    Would be a waste of time though, you will not see any speed difference. For the same price as the RAM and motherboard you can buy a used newer and faster computer without having to take everything apart. If anything, getting a faster CPU for your current motherboard and a solid state drive will be a much better idea to do if you want a faster computer instead of just swapping the motherboard.

    What you are doing it like running out of room in your house, and instead of moving to a larger house you pay someone to replace your floor. Sure you go a new floor and it's pretty but you don't have any more room after spending all the money.
    Reply to hang-the-9
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