I have had this board for I think something like 5 years, maybe more. Losing track. Anyway, I figured it was time to go to Win 7 (64 bit). I did a clean install, using the boot disk to format the main HD. I had no problem with updating drivers, but when I had my system built I had the techs use joyful parts, so even the benchmarks are decently compatible with some of the new stuff.
Some of the fast-developing parts (video, soundcard) have been legacy for a while, and I'm just out of luck, although in a couple of cases the VISTA drivers seem to work. I have a pair of ATI Radeon X1650 and they are functioning but Crossfire isn't working effectively, most likely because ATI Radeon X1600 series are - you guessed it - no longer supported. Crossfire is still functional, I just have to pair some newer cards. I have beside my desk a Saphire HD 6950 which I will install one of these days, I am sure it will pick up some slack. However, at 2GB onboard video RAM I don't think I'll double it. By the time I find that need I'll have to have a new system no doubt, and the Saphire will be old news....
The nice thing about the Win 7 64bit (besides the pretty painless driver updates) is that my 4th Gig of RAM is finally in operation, heh. Internally I have SATA2 connectors, and the optical drive while not blueray had no problem updating.
Not too impressed with the Easy Transfer though, I've had 50% success rate with it so far (2/4 on 4 different machines). But now that I think of it and remember Win 95, 98, XP... maybe that isn't such a bad success rate for Microsoft....
Message was edited by: DamnHaggis regarding the video cards, etc.