Question Switching mobos

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Hi I currently have an Asus prime h310 plus with a i7-8700 and I’m planning on switching to a tomahawk b540 with a amd ryzen 7 2700x. Since I have a prebuilt pc would switching mobos and cpus like that be okay? Or should I stick with intel?
 

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Other than the 2700x is clearly faster in benchmarks it can be overclocked while the 8700 (a non-K part) can't. So you should see definite performance improvements and a boon will be you can upgrade the processor later to a generation 3 Ryzen while you're pretty much dead-ended where you're at right now. That suggest positive reasons to make the switch.

The question remains, though, whether you really need the boost since an 8700-based system isn't shabby by any means. Only you can answer that.

But the H310 plus looks to be a mini-ITX board though. Is that true? If so, the case for your pre-built may not fit the Tomahawk (B450, btw) since it's an ATX board. If that was your plan, you better double check your case.

ADDED: And if your case only fits mini-ITX and you want to stay with it you might consider Asus ROG Strix B450-I Gaming or MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC as viable boards.
 
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Other than the 2700x is clearly faster in benchmarks it can be overclocked while the 8700 (a non-K part) can't. So you should see definite performance improvements and a boon will be you can upgrade the processor later to a generation 3 Ryzen while you're pretty much dead-ended where you're at right now. That suggest positive reasons to make the switch.

The question remains, though, whether you really need the boost since an 8700-based system isn't shabby by any means. Only you can answer that.

But the H310 plus looks to be a mini-ITX board though. Is that true? If so, the case for your pre-built may not fit the Tomahawk (B450, btw) since it's an ATX board. If that was your plan, you better double check your case.

ADDED: And if your case only fits mini-ITX and you want to stay with it you might consider Asus ROG Strix B450-I Gaming or MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC as viable boards.
Thanks for that performance check! My Asus mobo is an atx and my performance isn’t all too bad but it’s just that my pc gets into the 80-90 temps with no overclocking of any sort & I have a feeling it has to do with my stock motherboard & cpu cooler. When switching mobos & cpu brands, is there anything I should be prepared for like a windows reinstall or any typical errors? Also would a new ssd be required or may I use my old one?
 

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You should probably be ready for a clean Windows re-install.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/how-to-do-clean-installation-windows-10,36160.html

HOWEVER...I would just put the SSD in the new system and try to boot up to see if it flies. If it at least starts up, do a Repair Install with an In-Place Upgrade which basically refreshes the system settings and installs windows fresh again. It will leave all applications installed and you'll be ready to go with the correct default drivers for the new system installed.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/16397-repair-install-windows-10-place-upgrade.html

If that crashes and burns, just do the clean install cause you prepared for it. So be ready with complete backups of important files and Steam password(s).

Also, you might have to buy a new Windows license if you're on an OEM license, which isn't uncommon considering you have a pre-built system. It will still work, you'll just have an annoying notification until you give it a new validation key.
 
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You should probably be ready for a clean Windows re-install.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/how-to-do-clean-installation-windows-10,36160.html

HOWEVER...I would just put the SSD in the new system and try to boot up to see if it flies. If it at least starts up, do a Repair Install with an In-Place Upgrade which basically refreshes the system settings and installs windows fresh again. It will leave all applications installed and you'll be ready to go with the correct default drivers for the new system installed.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/16397-repair-install-windows-10-place-upgrade.html

If that crashes and burns, just do the clean install cause you prepared for it. So be ready with complete backups of important files and Steam password(s).

Also, you might have to buy a new Windows license if you're on an OEM license, which isn't uncommon considering you have a pre-built system. It will still work, you'll just have an annoying notification until you give it a new validation key.
Thanks! I was very unsure going into this but I feel way better now
 

USAFRet

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For the OS activation, read and do this before you change any parts:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/20530/windows-10-reactivating-after-hardware-change
 

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