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Changing from Intel to AMD (specifications inside)

democrachi

5 months ago

Hello all.

I've been contemplating a change recently and I've been doing some reading about the implications of changing from an Intel CPU and motherboard over to an AMD CPU and motherboard.

In so far as I can tell, there's a few snags that prevent it from being as easy as plug-and-play, but if anyone has experience doing something similar, I'd love to hear your input. I'll detail out the nitty gritty details below.


Current system

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-4930K 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $599.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Zalman - CNPS10X Performa CPU Cooler -
Motherboard Gigabyte - GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard $200.00
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $147.99
Memory Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $52.00
Storage Crucial - BX100 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB TURBO Video Card $489.00 @ B&H
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $60.20 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair - RMx 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $129.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.49 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan Thermaltake - Riing 12 RGB Triple Pack 40.6 CFM 120mm Fans $49.89 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Razer - BlackWidow Chroma V2 Wired Gaming Keyboard -
Mouse Razer - DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse $52.86 @ Amazon
Headphones SteelSeries - Arctis 7 Headset -
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2016.18
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-11 08:51 EDT-0400

Planned upgrade

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor $294.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus - ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard $133.98 @ Newegg
Memory GeIL - SUPER LUCE RGB SYNC 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $89.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Crucial - BX100 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $0.00
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $0.00
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8 GB TURBO Video Card $0.00
Case Phanteks - Eclipse P350X (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $0.00
Power Supply Corsair - RMx 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $0.00
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $0.00
Case Fan Thermaltake - Riing 12 RGB Triple Pack 40.6 CFM 120mm Fans $0.00
Keyboard Razer - BlackWidow Chroma V2 Wired Gaming Keyboard -
Mouse Razer - DeathAdder Chroma Wired Optical Mouse $0.00
Headphones SteelSeries - Arctis 7 Headset $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $518.96
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-04-11 08:50 EDT-0400

From what I've read, there may be issues with Windows 10 as it tends to associate license keys with specific hardware. Changing the CPU and motherboard would thereby cause Windows 10 to lock up, as the license I used would be bound to the CPU and mobo I had at the time. The issue is that I inherited my current build, and don't have an actual key. I think I have the key registered to my windows profile/account(???) or something of that nature, so there's never been an issue logging onto my computer or windows yelling at me to register my computer thus far.

Let me know your guys' thoughts, and hopefully it won't be as complicated as I'm making it out to be.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

You can get a key reader, if you don't have the key sticker on your case. If its oem you may have problems or have to do more, if not you should be fine. I changed gpu/mem/ssd on a win7 and when I swapped cpu windows complained so I ran the license tool and it said I was fine. This is a refurb license/pc though, so I don't know where that falls.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Doing a major platform change like that will absolutely kill your license IF it's an OEM key. However, if you have a Retail key, it should work on the new system.

Also, as pcbldragain said, you can get a key reader like Magical Jelly Bean and pull the key (assuming it was legit in the first place) and try it on the new install. Best case scenario, it works perfectly. Worst case scenario, you will still have a working Windows 10 but with a watermark and a few reduced functions until you purchase a new key.

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