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  1. For that setup a 400w PSU should be enough to keep it running fine.

    For an extra $10 - 20 you could actually get a 8600gt. These things appear to be on par with a 7600gt but support PS4 and DX10. Might be worth looking into.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. the thing is my old mobo is shot so i cant put them on a CD...
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. thanks for the input!
  9. Another case choice. Same Centurion as above, but different color and is on sale.
  10. Personally I like this case:

    I'm new at this too, but it seems like a good deal and has two fans already in it, which is nice.
  11. 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.
  12. Any suggestions for a good PSU?
  13. Well, that's the question now, isn't it? I would say one of these 3 is definitely a safe bet.



    Cooler Master iGreen

    I would look for 450W+ and make sure it has good amperage on the 12V rail(s).
  14. 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

    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.

    Even if list is outdated by 3 or more months, it still shows what ram uses what memory chip sets.
  15. 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.
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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.
  17. if i get a replacement motherboard will i still need the new OS, even if its the same model?
  18. 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.
  19. is that hard to do?
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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 :)
  21. would this work if everything is new but the HD? Well the CD/DVD-Roms would be the same...
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
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    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

    SAPPHIRE 100176L Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card - Retail

    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

    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)
  26. lol, not any longer.
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