ShrubKing Mar 2, 2014 @ 11:34am
Upgrade OEM CPU Without Re-Activation?
So, I'm going to upgrade my OEM PC with an AMD FX-4300 CPU to an FX-8320 CPU.

I have already upgraded the GPU and PSU without any problems.

Anyway, will I need to re-activate my OEM copy of Windows 8.1 that came pre-loaded on the PC?

If anyone could clarify before I purchase the CPU that would be awesome.


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rotNdude Mar 2, 2014 @ 11:35am 
A CPU exchange on an existing motherboard should cause no problems.
_I_ (Banned) Mar 2, 2014 @ 11:49am 
in amd boards it may cause other problems

going from a 95w to 125w cpu is a higher load for the mobos vrms
look up the board, and make sure its good for it

from fx4300 to fx8350 will only add 4 more cores, not more speed
most games do not need more cores
Last edited by _I_; Mar 2, 2014 @ 12:00pm
ShrubKing Mar 2, 2014 @ 12:08pm 
Thanks guys, so I know my mobo is fine for the CPU power-wise as it is an Asus M5A97 EVO that can support up to an 8 core and 140w CPU. I not only want to upgrade my CPU for gaming but also for video rendering, as I am making extra money off videography/photography.

Would the upgrade still be possible without re-activation?

_I_ (Banned) Mar 2, 2014 @ 12:11pm 
cpu upgrade (in the same board) will not need windows to be re-activated

if its that board, get a good cpu cooler (212evo)
then overclock to 4.2-4.6ghz

if the budget will allow upgrade to an i5/i7 for video work
Last edited by _I_; Mar 2, 2014 @ 12:15pm
ShrubKing Mar 2, 2014 @ 12:13pm 
Thanks for your help, but I'm not really interested in overclocking. Will I need to re-activate Windows?
rotNdude Mar 2, 2014 @ 12:21pm 
You've been told twice that you won't.
ShrubKing Mar 2, 2014 @ 12:28pm 
Sorry, yours was clear the other ones were not.

Thanks again guys!
Last edited by rotNdude; Mar 2, 2014 @ 12:35pm
Rove Mar 2, 2014 @ 12:48pm 
I don't think you will but if you did have to for some reason it's free and quick so what's the problem? If you don't have a telephone use Google phone.
Last edited by Rove; Mar 2, 2014 @ 12:48pm
ZƐZZƐX Mar 2, 2014 @ 12:55pm 
In previous versions of windows, (xp and 7) changing your hardware required a re-activation of windows. Has something changed with windows 8
ShrubKing Mar 2, 2014 @ 1:41pm 
If I have upgraded the GPU wouldn't that count as a hardware change?
_I_ (Banned) Mar 2, 2014 @ 3:05pm 
windows goes by a point scale for hardware changes
mobo boot hdd/ssd is large
gpu/cpu are small
nic is small along with other cards (sound/drive controllers)
case is 0
odd and other non boot drives are 0

if there are alot of small changes it may run over the limit and need to be reactivated
ShrubKing Mar 2, 2014 @ 3:50pm 
Okay, cool. Thanks for the info! I'm going to order it tonight. :D
ontelo Mar 2, 2014 @ 11:43pm 
What's the problem with reactivation?

Is just one phone call to robot/narrator service.
Last edited by ontelo; Mar 2, 2014 @ 11:44pm
ShrubKing Mar 6, 2014 @ 4:44am 
So, a BIOS question. After doing some research on my OEM M5A97 EVO, my BIOS are version 1102. The FX-4300 that's already in the mobo requires 1604. It's working without the updated bios. Will I need to flash bios for the FX-8320, even if the FX-4300 is woking just fine?
time goblin Mar 6, 2014 @ 5:15am 
you might as well flash it to improve stability, it doesnt cause any harm.
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