I have a homebuilt desktop PC. The new parts have arrived already. So I should be rebuilding soon. I already did testing, research, and troubleshooting with the old PC. What started out as system crashes caused by Windows updates, worsened when I installed wrong BIOS or motherboard updates. Then I bent pins on the processor. The parts were aging anyway, so I decided it was time to rebuild. My goal is to dump Windows altogether, and I already have a Linux Mint install CD on standby.
I printed out the link above. I've used these procedures before. I think I would be better off to reformat.
What's the best way to reformat.........just do a fresh install from CD? Or should I install Windows 7 and then reformat hard drive from the OS system tools/tasks or whatever?
I'm not concerned about critical data. Everything already saved on USB flash drives. I guess just to make sure I'll have to run diagnostic on the hard drive after I install..........? Hamluis recommended a diagnostic tool I used in the past, Forgot what it was.
The new MB is Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI, LGA 1151, ATX. I am supposed to use Windows 7 USB installation tool if I don't go with Linux
For now, I am going to stick with integrated video on new motherboard
New processor is Intel Core i3-6100 3M 3.7 GHz LGA 1151 BX80662I36100 Desktop Processor
The existing hard drive I would want to reuse is Western Digital Black 7200 rpm 500GB.
I'm going to keep existing DVD combo drive too
Any other specs you want me to include?
Edited by skymaster191, 20 December 2016 - 01:49 PM.