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How to replace your PC’s motherboard in 8 easy steps | Hardware

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Upgrading your motherboard can be an intimidating upgrade for any PC gamer. It is the most invasive of any hardware change, and almost means rebuilding your rig from scratch. But don’t fear the motherboard, embrace it! ► Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/user/PCGamesN ◄ Visit us at: https://www.pcgamesn.com/ Twitch: https://twitch.tv/pcgamesn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PCGamesNetwork Twitter: https://twitter.com/PCGamesN
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PCGamesN (7 months ago)
Are you planning on upgrading your motherboard? What are you going for?
jay buff (6 days ago)
Have been planning on replacing my Gigabyte 970-Gaming SLI with a new MSI 990XA-Gaming I have laying around. Wouldn't be much of an upgrade, would be done just out of curiosity. I dual-boot win8.1/ win10, so not looking forward to repairing the OS's when they 'wig-out' over the motherboard replacement.
BlueY (12 days ago)
I have a fm2 now and gonna buy a AM4, my mom doesnt want me to becuse she doesnt know how it works. Cpu: now: AMD Athlon x4 845. Want: AMD ryzen 1800
KyanYT (1 month ago)
my motherboard died
Arno Pietersma (1 month ago)
How will my windows10 installation respond to a mobo switch? Im also going to replace my CPU at some point and my HDD for an SSD M2.0 so i'll have to swap my installation anyway at some point all together. What would you recommend??
Katie Osborn (3 months ago)
I'm planning on upgrading to some type of reliable motherboard. I hate my ASRock Ab350m Pro4, as it crashes all the time.
Cole's Crafts (9 days ago)
PLEASE HELP when I install my mobo cpu and ram which is switching to from a Fx CPU to ryzen ddr3 to ddr4 and am3+ to am4 will I loose any data? And if I change my windows from local to Microsoft will it make me pay for new windows or clear any data? I installed windows from a flash drive selected “I don’t have a product key” and selected “windows 10 pro” that’s when I first built my pc fyi. When I change my motherboard will it ask for a product key? If so, what can I do to get my same windows back so I can have all my data. Or, can I just install my mobo, cpu, and ram, click the power button and everything boot how it’s supposed to just like I would boot up my pc any other time? Is that possible? Please reply I’ve asked geek squad and Microsoft and they both gave me different answers HELP
PCGamesN (9 days ago)
Windows 10 is pretty good at picking up hardware changes, so it should be able to do the heavy lifting with new drivers when you boot up for the first time. Since you didn't have an activated version of the OS in the first place it will only ask for a product code of you try and activate it. You should still retain access to your data.
jake3040 (15 days ago)
i did everything in the video in regards to activating windows, everything works as it should but windows will not activate with the new motherboard, has something changed since this video? like you cant activate on a different motherboard? it seems like the only way for me to get rid of this watermark would be to buy windows and do a fresh install which is what i was trying to avoid the whole time...
Perry Len Punsalan (22 days ago)
wait do i have to uninstall the drivers and stuff?
Perry Len Punsalan (22 days ago)
+PCGamesN im switching from amd fx 8320e paired eith gigabyte ga 970 gaming mobo to ryzen 5 2600x with b450 tomahawk..can i just plug my ssd into my new hardware and itll be read to go?
PCGamesN (22 days ago)
It depends what you're moving from and to. If you're switching from a Ryzen to an Intel platform (or vice versa) you might experience some issues if you don't clean off the likes of Ryzen Master. Other than that you should be fine to replace your board.
based lord (28 days ago)
can someone please reply to this comment: I just bought a new motherboard, CPU, and Ram and I am about to install everything. Since I am not upgrading my harddrive and keeping my current one I will not have to redownload my windows 10, correct? All I would have to do is sign into my microsoft account when I boot my computer? is there anything I should do before installing my new hardware? Such has back up my hard drive. basically Windows is saved on the hard drive correct and wont need to reinstall anything?
Ocelot (11 days ago)
I think Windows is already installed into your hard drive. Hope I could help! :)
Beekay Potter (30 days ago)
so I'm getting a new mobo for my pc, will I have to reinstall windows?? I know very little about building PCs, I'm just starting to get into this
PCGamesN (30 days ago)
You won't have to reinstall Windows, but you might have to reactivate your license. That's not as painful as it might sound however!
rko517 (1 month ago)
if i still have my windows 10 installer and key can i reuse the key code after i get the computer running again?
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
Yes, if you've got a standard Win10 license key (not the free Win8 upgrade key) then you can re-avtivate it with the new hardware if necessary.
Joseph Carter (1 month ago)
Question, so If my old computer was bought from say (Newegg) and Windows 10 came preinstalled can I still change out the motherboard?
Tuukka Karkkainen (1 month ago)
Asking the same
ChenGaming (1 month ago)
Yeah my PC is on fire right now, what should I do?
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
Grab some marshmallows and start toasting.
M I (1 month ago)
About to buy an oem Build from Argos, which comes with an M310 mobo, so I’m busy checking the interwebs for mobo upgrade vids - you guys actually helped reassure me enough to go ahead with the purchase. I’m a ‘mac’ photographer, for 17yrs, and need to switch asap. If I had the time to build from scratch I would. The oem pc + a GPU upgrade will suffice in the short term, but that M310 looks woeful. The tip on using the MS account to associate the Windows OS is also very much appreciated. Subbed&belled 👍
Alice's Husband (1 month ago)
Wellllllllll I fucked up
Richard Tower (1 month ago)
Clear and concise video guys, great job. So you regularly swap motherboards without first uninstalling old MB drivers ? I noticed a couple of other people had asked this as well.
Richard Tower (1 month ago)
+PCGamesN , thanks. That makes sense to me about the LAN drivers.
PCGamesN (1 month ago)
Thanks, and honestly, yes we do. It's maybe not manufacturer-recommended but Windows is now very good at picking the right drivers for you. It is probably worth downloading your new board's drivers before you replace it - you might not have the right LAN or network drivers in place when you restart otherwise.
idontcaremang (2 months ago)
Got my new mobo and CPU in yesterday. Thanks for the video, really took away a lot of the nervousness I was feeling about doing the upgrade.
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Glad we could help!
David Crombie (2 months ago)
thanks for a great video it has helped me replace my motherboard a lot easier than i thought it would be. Except for windows 10 needed to sorted and microsoft was a good help with that.
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Glad It worked out for you!
Nicholas Lambert (2 months ago)
Really simple and helpful thank you
Drac Hula (2 months ago)
My PC wont start because of a faulty motherboard, how do i know if my windows account is local or not?
Drac Hula (2 months ago)
I think it's my microsoft account
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Do you log in with your Microsoft account password or one you made specifically for that PC?
Jack Kellett (2 months ago)
Just finished my build using this for replacing mobo, ram and cpu, helped me a lot. Cheers from Newcastle!
idontcaremang (2 months ago)
Ayy same build I'm about to do except I got a MSI mobo. Should all be coming today, excited to set it all up and get off this shitty FX CPU.
Jack Kellett (2 months ago)
CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor Motherboard: ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Sweet, glad to be of service! :) What have you upgraded to?
BansheeBomb (2 months ago)
thanks guys, switch worked flawlessly
PCGamesN (2 months ago)
Yay! Glad it worked out :)
Sean McClelland (2 months ago)
Awesome video guys when I get my new motherboard I will be doing this, but instead of getting a new CPU I will be moving the CPU from my old motherboard to this one, but is that an okay idea? The reason why is I don't want to pay another $160 to pay for another,
DangerNoodle (2 months ago)
So I’m getting a new motherboard, CPU, and GPU. The old motherboard is intel and the new one is for AMD. What will happen with my BIOS? What all do I have to uninstall/reinstall? Can I still use my first windows 10 key instead of buying another one?
SharpEye Productions (1 month ago)
Christoffer Majker Jespersen Well you cant then, if you did a clean install then you need a key.
How can i access my windows again on new motherboard then? cause it comes up with them wanting me to type in windows key
SharpEye Productions (2 months ago)
DangerNoodle Windows can be attached to your Microsoft account.
MaxintoshProductions (2 months ago)
I removed all my cables and cpu and fan. Reinstalled everything properly (have a video to refer to and everything is properly connected). Once rebooting my GPU's don't light up and I cannot see anything on my computer screen. I am plugged into my DVI slot on the motherboard... still no images just a black screen... any idea what I've done wrong? I have not reinstalled windows or any drivers or anything... hope someone can help a
MaxintoshProductions (2 months ago)
I removed all my cables and cpu and fan. Reinstalled everything properly (have a video to refer to and everything is properly connected). Once rebooting my GPU's don't light up and I cannot see anything on my computer screen. I am plugged into my DVI slot on the motherboard... still no images just a black screen... any idea what I've done wrong? I have not reinstalled windows or any drivers or anything... hope someone can help a
neubii neubii (2 months ago)
my old motherboard crashed, so i ordered a new one in addition a new cpu, will i have to install windows or does it pick up the old from my ssd?
Live Maschine Tutorials (3 months ago)
This is a fantastic video, really informational and thorough. Hope your channel keeps growing!
Rom3 (3 months ago)
PCGamesN:: Question about windows 10 Activation, if i Sign out of the Administrators microsost Account, to a Local Account, then swap my old Gigabyte Motherboard, and put in a New Asus motherboard, install a fresh copy of windows 10, sign in with the same microsoft Account i was using when i had my Gigabyte Mobo, it will Re-Activate windows 10 on the new Asus Mobo ???
Nemesi (3 months ago)
Thanks guys, I'm comfortable replacing everything in my PC but I've never replaced a motherboard before. Seems a lot more delicate than other components, getting a new cpu and motherboard on monday so a good choice to bookmark this vid. You earned a sub too!
PCGamesN (3 months ago)
Nemesi Yay! Thank you :)
PreciousViperz Droning (4 months ago)
I'm planning on upgrading my motherboard and my case at the same time but I don't know if I should stay in kabylake gen or go for coffelake and buy a new cpu
Hurr Durr (4 months ago)
This is the first video that doesn't give me a headache, was about to give up. It actually looks somewhat doable now, thank you!
Rom3 (4 months ago)
PCGamesN ; What if you Bought a Pre-Build Gaming PC, can i still Log out, and when i replace the old motherboard for the new, i can Activate windoes 10 to the new motherboard??? i just hear different things, like what even motherboard you uesd to create a microsoft account that it will have a Digital foot print.
Manuzki (4 months ago)
Does thiswotk with OEM version of Windows 10 (I think it doesn't)
Manuzki (4 months ago)
PCGamesN I Upgrade the whole computer, so it is not basicly the same, but still in same case and ssd. So i think it's not possible then even through Microsoft. I alreafy bought new Windows 10 retaill version.
PCGamesN (4 months ago)
Manuzki the best way to check is to either contact your manufacturer or Microsoft.
Pete Malou (4 months ago)
so no need for reformat?
PCGamesN (4 months ago)
Salty if you're going from a really old chipset there may be some issues. But if you're running a modern OS IT should be capable of dealing with the switch. We regularly swap our test drives between different motherboards and chipsets.
Pete Malou (4 months ago)
I`ve read some articles that it might have drivers and compatibility issues. And also I don`t want all my files to get deleted. Is there something to worry about when changing motherboards with different chipsets?
PCGamesN (4 months ago)
Salty your boot drive? Normally no, modern operating systems should be capable of dealing with changing hardware, though you will need to deal with Windows activation.
Extreme Exile 1 (5 months ago)
Do i uninstall anything or a clean reset?
Calster (2 months ago)
Extreme Exile 1 i know u commented 2months ago but if you did this did your stuff get wiped
Why is this so channel so small. You guys deserve more subs.
Jack Williams (2 months ago)
RyanGamingXbox - Minecraft and more because when they put in a cpu they fucking push it down
Oofwend (5 months ago)
Do I have to remove/delete any drivers
GinjaNinja (1 day ago)
jcaashby3 ok thanks!
jcaashby3 (2 days ago)
+GinjaNinja I did a lot of research and this video was the one I followed. Make sure to follow what they say to do in regards to Microsoft Windows sign in part of the guide. I also took a risk and didn't back anything up as other videos suggested. All in all it booted right up. Have not had any issues besides having to unplug and plug my headsets to get my Mic to work after turning pc on. Haven't figured out why.
GinjaNinja (2 days ago)
+jcaashby3 So literally all you did was replace the hardware, start up normally and bam? I too am upgrading my mobo and cpu :)
jcaashby3 (1 month ago)
It is already on your hard drive. So no need to reinstall. I followed the video 100 percent and had no issues (new CPU and Mobo)
John Tha Vapster (1 month ago)
So do I have to reinstall Windows
Green Mario Gang (5 months ago)
Thanks a lot! After watching your CPU changing video I also wanted to know about the motherboard too. Just asking, will I be able to change them both at the same time (meaning install motherboard and CPU together.) The motherboard I'm thinking of getting only supports certain CPUs as usual, meaning I need a new CPU as my current one is unsuitable. Thanks!
Sean McClelland (2 months ago)
You can also go to pcpartpicker.com it will decide if your parts are compatible or not
PCGamesN (5 months ago)
Green Mario Gang it's going to be easier to change both at the same time. Just make sure if you're going for a brand new CPU and board combo that the BIOS is defo ready to receive the new chip. The new Ryzen 2 chips, for example will work with all 300-series boards but only with a BIOS update, which you can only do with an old CPU. Bit awkward if the retailer hasn't made sure they're updated first.

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