I'm about to swap out my motherboard, replacing the GA-880GM-USB3 with a new GA-970A-D3P (rev. 1.0), the main reason being to make use of the higher data transfer rates of the Samsung SSD I've just installed, the new board offering 6 x SATA3 ports.
My set-up is as follows:
W7 Pro SP1 64bit O/S
AMD Phenom II X4 955 (BE) with Noctua twin fan HS
4 x 4GB G.Skill F3-12800CL9D (Running @ 1333Mhz Unganged)
Samsung 128GB SSD 840 Pro
3 x WD HDD (1 x 2Tb and 2 x 500Gb)
Sapphire Radeon HD5750 with 1GB DDR5
Cooler Master 550W PSU
Other than major screen freezes when I first set it up with only 4GB RAM, it all runs cool, quiet and stable.
You may wonder why the 970 chip instead of the 990 chip. Well I'm not into gaming so SLI support was not required.
I'm hoping that other than updating the chipset drivers, this should be a clean swap 'n' go exercise, swap the boards, hook up the SSD, have a fiddle in BIOS, and away we go.
I've only recently re-installed the O/S when I added the SSD so I'd like to avoid that exercise again, if possible.
OK, am I missing anything here?