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June 17, 2007 8:04:45 PM
June 17, 2007 9:22:12 PM

ok, i'll take a look.

I have another question. If i have a good hard drive from an older computer with a few files i might like to have, could i put it in this new cmoputer and use both it and a new HD together? Would i be able to use the OS already on the older HD?
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June 17, 2007 10:27:58 PM

If you've changed your MOBO then you'd most likely need to re-install windows. What you could always do is put the files from your old HD onto a disk.

Idk if you could just plug it in with windows im pretty sure you could, then you can just access it anytime.
June 18, 2007 1:07:50 AM

the thing is my old mobo is shot so i cant put them on a CD...
June 18, 2007 10:36:43 PM

so if i basically keep only my old HD and get everything else new, will it work out alright and keep the OS and all?
June 18, 2007 11:18:36 PM

Well, I dont think the OS will carry over to a new Mobo, not 100% on that though. I woulod suggest buying a new Hard Drive since they are so cheap and the installing the OS on that one. Then you can just hook up the old HD and get the files from it. And you could just leave it in that setup.

I personally am not a big fan of mushkin, but some people swear by them, so you should be ok there.

You might want to consider a case with more than just that one exhaust fan. I would look for one with two or more fans so you can have better airflow and therefore keep things cooler. Perhaps this one. It is very popular these days. If you just like the look of that old case, you should probably buy another fan for it.
June 18, 2007 11:30:39 PM

If you are changing chipsets, then yes you will need to reinstall windows.




Motherboard: EVGA T1
CPU: E6600 L646G494 @ 3.7Ghz. 1:1 Ratio Linked & Synced Voltage 1.44 Load Temp 45c
Idle Temp. 25c
SPP:1.45volts, MCP: 1.50volts
Memory: Mushkin PC2 8000 4-5-4-11, 2T Voltage 2.1
Swiftech Water Cooling H20-220
Video: One EVGA 8800GTS 320MB
Power Supply: Silverstone 750W
OS: XP Pro
June 18, 2007 11:53:46 PM

thanks for the input!
June 19, 2007 3:43:10 AM

That is a very decent case. If you are really worried about keeping things cool via Air, check out the Lian Li cases that have 4 fans in them. Just a warning though, that could get a little loud on you.
June 19, 2007 3:54:28 AM

Any suggestions for a good PSU?
June 19, 2007 4:33:48 AM

Well, that's the question now, isn't it? I would say one of these 3 is definitely a safe bet.

Zalman

SilverStone

Cooler Master iGreen

I would look for 450W+ and make sure it has good amperage on the 12V rail(s).
June 19, 2007 5:42:47 AM

Mushkin is good ram, but would suggest this ram, G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Main reason is that they use Micron D9 memory chips. If you do not like my suggestion, go to this link below and check the DDR2 Ram List.
http://ramlist.infinityx.nl/ddr2/

Even if list is outdated by 3 or more months, it still shows what ram uses what memory chip sets.
June 19, 2007 6:52:52 PM

i would love to go all out with the memory and all but i am on a budget. Ill see if i can get them.
June 19, 2007 10:19:19 PM

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i would love to go all out with the memory and all but i am on a budget. Ill see if i can get them.


Well consider this, It is definitely worth it, and you won't regret it in the long run.
June 23, 2007 1:42:33 AM

if i get a replacement motherboard will i still need the new OS, even if its the same model?
June 23, 2007 1:51:10 AM

If it is the same motherboard, the answer is No. If it is another motherboard, the answer is No, but you will have to reformat the HD if you have OS installed.
June 23, 2007 2:02:52 AM

is that hard to do?
June 23, 2007 3:40:01 AM

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If you are changing chipsets, then yes you will need to reinstall windows.


Not true. I went from an Asrock 775dual-vsta to an Asus P5B-Plus without formating. Considering you can't uninstall the old drivers until you have the new board installed, this is what I recommend:
1- Install new hardware, boot into windows in safe mode (hit F8 after POST, before windows starts loading)
2- uninstall all old drivers (I mean all, best to just start clean)
3- restart
4- boot into safe mode, download a program called Driver Cleaner Pro (You might need to download this from a different computer and transfer it over)
5- Run the program, wipe all drivers listed in that program (regardless if you've installed those specific drivers or not)
6- restart
7- boot into safe mode, repeat step 5&6 for assurance
8- Install new drivers, restarting after each install
Those are the steps I took and I never needed to format, my system is solid, no crashing due to conflicting drivers. Good luck :) 
June 23, 2007 9:04:52 PM

would this work if everything is new but the HD? Well the CD/DVD-Roms would be the same...
June 23, 2007 10:13:31 PM

I am not an intel fanboy and historically i have liked amds and am using an Athlon 5200+ right now, but you're a fool if you don't get a Core 2 Duo after the price cut on July 22. Perhaps you could get a P35 mobo with that for a little less and some dddr2 1066 with the extra money.
June 23, 2007 11:33:56 PM

And i need to know for sure ifi need a new OS or not, if i put a hard drive in a new computer which has XP.
June 23, 2007 11:36:11 PM



what I would do different is lose the Graphics card and the CPU, get instead these

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane 2.5GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $629

and for PSU.... my beloved Antec NeoHE 500 :)  (I use that one)

Antec NeoHE 500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply 100Vac to 240Vac +/- 10% UL, CUL, TUV, CE, FCC, CCC, CB, C-tick - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total at $729

This way you get a good PSU, a way better video card, and step down a bit on the CPU (most likely something that you won't even notice in real time, especially while gaming)
June 24, 2007 2:58:38 AM

IKNOW THIS IS DUMB, BUT HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO BE A "NEWBIE"?
June 24, 2007 9:48:25 AM

lol, not any longer.
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