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Hi, new to PCS, need some advice!

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June 22, 2014 6:05:26 AM

Hi people, after some much sought after advice. I have the following system...which I think was quite good when I bought it over 2 years ago:

CPU:
Intel Core i7 2700k
Socket 1155 LGA
MB:
Gigabyte Z77-D3H Rev 1.1
GC:
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
8GB Ram (2 x 4) DDR3 and 1000GB HD.

I want to upgrade it....I was thinking of getting some new RAM (This one: G-Skill 8GB Ripjaws X DDR3 2133 Dual Kit - Red) and a new hard drive....

Would that RAM work fine with my MB? Would I need to change anything in BIOS to make it work? And can anytone suggest a decent not to expensive HD to replace my bog standard one...I would only need around 200GB, and again would I need to change things in BIOS (Which at the moment I'm lacking experience)

Also one last thing...I was looking at updating the above BIOS, and on the gigabyte website I try the one listed for my version...but none of them work, they all say not compatible with my Windows 7 64 bit version...so I'm stuck with the one that was on the BIOS originally.

I think this is the first of many questions!

Thanks
Gareth

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June 22, 2014 6:16:37 AM

Cool, that looks good, would I need to make any massive changes to install it? I am going to make another pc from the parts I remove...from scratch...so I need to buy some more RAM anyway, are they ok too?

Thanks for replying
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June 22, 2014 6:17:33 AM

what model of ram you have actually?
you really do not need any upgrade right now
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June 22, 2014 6:23:39 AM

Also does it matter I still have the original BIOS and have not updated?
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June 22, 2014 6:24:22 AM

I'm not sur eon the RAM, I think it's just a standard one...how can I find out?
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June 22, 2014 6:26:59 AM

Gaz Evans said:
Cool, that looks good, would I need to make any massive changes to install it? I am going to make another pc from the parts I remove...from scratch...so I need to buy some more RAM anyway, are they ok too?

Thanks for replying


Are you looking to make a whole new PC, or just upgrade that one?
For the upgrade, it doesn't really need anything aside from an SSD possibly.

For a whole new one, obviously you need a whole bunch of parts.
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June 22, 2014 6:30:29 AM

I was thinking of buying ram/hd to upgrade my current pc. and using the ram/hd from my old on a new pc I was going to build as a bit of a project...but keeping the original as the best one. So do need advice on a cd drive, case, fans. graphics card etc...but they would be budget ones for the project
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June 22, 2014 6:33:00 AM

Gaz Evans said:
I was thinking of buying ram/hd and using that on a new pc as a bit of a project...but keeping the original as the best. So do need advice on a cd drive, case, fans. graphics card etc...but they would be budget ones.


And motherboard/CPU/PSU/OS/etc/etc

Start here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...

And post in the Systems forum
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June 22, 2014 6:37:59 AM

Thanks...any any answer to the BIOS question?
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June 22, 2014 6:42:37 AM

the bios will detect the new hardwares installed automatically...but of course if you change the mobo ...automatically the bios on the new mobo is not the same at all , maybe you will need to install a new windows on hdd

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June 22, 2014 7:19:18 AM

USAFRet said:
Different RAM in the same size (8GB) won't make any appreciable difference.

Add an SSD to that. Samsung 840 EVO, 250GB
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-EVO-Series-2-...
$135

An SSD is probably the biggest bang for buck you will ever see.


So that SSD would work fine with my system? How would I go about having my other hard drive as back up...and I assume all programmes etc on the SSD? Is that how it works?

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June 22, 2014 7:24:43 AM

Gaz Evans said:
USAFRet said:
Different RAM in the same size (8GB) won't make any appreciable difference.

Add an SSD to that. Samsung 840 EVO, 250GB
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-EVO-Series-2-...
$135

An SSD is probably the biggest bang for buck you will ever see.


So that SSD would work fine with my system? How would I go about having my other hard drive as back up...and I assume all programmes etc on the SSD? Is that how it works?



Yes, that drive will work perfectly.
Ideally, you just reinstall the OS and applications on the new SSD. There are various migration tools, but I generally recommend a clean install on a new SSD.
The old drive simply becomes the "D". Use it for static stuff where SSD sped does not matter. Music, videos, docs, etc.
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June 22, 2014 10:38:20 AM

USAFRet said:
Different RAM in the same size (8GB) won't make any appreciable difference.

Add an SSD to that. Samsung 840 EVO, 250GB
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-EVO-Series-2-...
$135

An SSD is probably the biggest bang for buck you will ever see.

Hi...is the same one?

Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive

http://

Also would I need one of these for a cradle conversion?

http://

And any extra wiring? Or should it slot into my existing wires?

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June 22, 2014 10:49:21 AM

And, how would I go about having this as my primary drive for applications/games etc, and the one I have now as the secondary one?
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June 22, 2014 12:05:39 PM

Gaz Evans said:
USAFRet said:
Different RAM in the same size (8GB) won't make any appreciable difference.

Add an SSD to that. Samsung 840 EVO, 250GB
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-EVO-Series-2-...
$135

An SSD is probably the biggest bang for buck you will ever see.

Hi...is the same one?

Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive

http://

Also would I need one of these for a cradle conversion?

http://

And any extra wiring? Or should it slot into my existing wires?



Yes, that drive.

Do you need a 2.5"-3.5" cadapter? Depends on what case you have. Many recent cases come with 2.5" drive mount points already.

Cables? If you get a 'bare' drive, it comes with none. Do you have any SATA data cables around?
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June 22, 2014 2:04:20 PM

USAFRet said:
Gaz Evans said:
USAFRet said:
Different RAM in the same size (8GB) won't make any appreciable difference.

Add an SSD to that. Samsung 840 EVO, 250GB
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-EVO-Series-2-...
$135

An SSD is probably the biggest bang for buck you will ever see.

Hi...is the same one?

Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive

http://

Also would I need one of these for a cradle conversion?

http://

And any extra wiring? Or should it slot into my existing wires?



Yes, that drive.

Do you need a 2.5"-3.5" cadapter? Depends on what case you have. Many recent cases come with 2.5" drive mount points already.

Cables? If you get a 'bare' drive, it comes with none. Do you have any SATA data cables around?


No none at all, so should I be buying that with it also?

http://

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June 22, 2014 2:09:26 PM

Gaz Evans said:
USAFRet said:
Gaz Evans said:
USAFRet said:
Different RAM in the same size (8GB) won't make any appreciable difference.

Add an SSD to that. Samsung 840 EVO, 250GB
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-EVO-Series-2-...
$135

An SSD is probably the biggest bang for buck you will ever see.

Hi...is the same one?

Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive

http://

Also would I need one of these for a cradle conversion?

http://

And any extra wiring? Or should it slot into my existing wires?



Yes, that drive.

Do you need a 2.5"-3.5" cadapter? Depends on what case you have. Many recent cases come with 2.5" drive mount points already.

Cables? If you get a 'bare' drive, it comes with none. Do you have any SATA data cables around?


No none at all, so should I be buying that with it also?

http://



Yes. Direct from Monoprice is cheaper, but it's only a couple of $$
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10226&c...
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June 22, 2014 2:31:19 PM

USAFRet said:
Gaz Evans said:
USAFRet said:
Gaz Evans said:
USAFRet said:
Different RAM in the same size (8GB) won't make any appreciable difference.

Add an SSD to that. Samsung 840 EVO, 250GB
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-EVO-Series-2-...
$135

An SSD is probably the biggest bang for buck you will ever see.

Hi...is the same one?

Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive

http://

Also would I need one of these for a cradle conversion?

http://

And any extra wiring? Or should it slot into my existing wires?



Yes, that drive.

Do you need a 2.5"-3.5" cadapter? Depends on what case you have. Many recent cases come with 2.5" drive mount points already.

Cables? If you get a 'bare' drive, it comes with none. Do you have any SATA data cables around?


No none at all, so should I be buying that with it also?

http://



Yes. Direct from Monoprice is cheaper, but it's only a couple of $$
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10226&c...


I linked to the wrong SSD earlier, is this one the same?

http://

Thanks!
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June 22, 2014 2:36:35 PM

Gaz Evans said:


I linked to the wrong SSD earlier, is this one the same?

http://

Thanks!


Yes, the same drive.

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June 22, 2014 9:43:15 PM

The Samsung EVO is a cheap and great quality drive! Get it.
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