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September 12, 2013 6:07:59 PM

I'm upgrading my GPU and case on my main PC. With the leftover case and GPU, I want to build a very cheap system for basic computer use and some light gaming (Dota 2, Skyrim; just at playable settings). Would this build work?

OLD Case: generic case I inherited, but it's been working fine.
NEW CPU: AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5ghz
NEW MB: BioStar A960D+ AM3+ 760G (see combo deal above)
NEW RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
NEW PSU: Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W
OLD GPU: 1 x SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1
Fans, keyboard, mouse, and monitor are all taken care of.

Now here are my concerns:
1. I was going to pull the HDD and DVD drive out of a friend's older big box store PC. (The DVD doesn't really matter.) I'm guessing, though, that the OEM Windows on it will not transfer to the new system, will it? I don't mind buying a new HDD, but I was hoping to avoid buying a new copy of Windows.

2. The 2.1 GPU should be fine in the 2.0 slot on the MB, right?

3. No power issues here?

If the HDD would work, I think I'd have a fairly solid second PC with only about $250 invested. Any other thoughts?

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September 12, 2013 6:17:46 PM

1 After repair activation will probably take a phone call to MS asking nicely.
2 Yes
3 The rosewill will handle it
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September 12, 2013 6:24:43 PM

rolli59 said:
1 After repair activation will probably take a phone call to MS asking nicely.


Even if it was a preinstalled version?

Worst case scenario is I'd probably just wipe the HDD and install Linux until I could afford a copy of Windows and a cheap 1TB drive.


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September 12, 2013 6:28:46 PM

ALSO!

Would the stock cooler be fine for the CPU or should I get an after market cooler? Again, I'm not anticipating this system being used for heavy gaming aside from the occasional buddy coming over and playing DOTA 2 or something else that's not too terribly intensive.
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September 12, 2013 6:30:08 PM

Yeah, I was able to get a preinstalled version of windows to work. A phone call to windows is probably required. Note, don't touch that recovery partition. My brother did to set it to factory default settings (mainly to wipe data/viruses) and ended up having to get a new key as a result.
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September 12, 2013 6:32:02 PM

dnbman said:
rolli59 said:
1 After repair activation will probably take a phone call to MS asking nicely.


Even if it was a preinstalled version?

Worst case scenario is I'd probably just wipe the HDD and install Linux until I could afford a copy of Windows and a cheap 1TB drive.



Motherboard change triggers re activation.
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