So I have this Pc that I built from extra parts,it has a amd 1.6ghz, 1gb or ram,visiontek x1550.I found 2 great deals on newegg for a Amd phenom 9950 quad,or an Intel Q6600 Quad.Not sure which one I should get but they both seem similar.This will be a gaming pc btw. I currently have Vista Ultimate 32bit.So what will happen if I change out the mobo and cpu to the new ones?Will the pc just boot up and thats it, or do I need to format and install my system?And im worried about my psu.Its some iCute, says maximum output 400w,+12- 18A
When you say "it has a amd 1.6ghz", I assume you mean an AMD CPU. If so, you cannot use an Intel Q6600 (it's a shame, the G0 stepping OC's like crazy).
You will need a new power supply. The 12 volt bus on your PSU isn't heavy enough. At stock speed, a Q6600 needs about 8 amps; OC'd, about 10 amps. A relatively high performance video card will need 8 - 10 amps. That leaves nothing for the motherboard or drives.
Check out the difference between your current PSU and something like a 450 watt Corsair PSU.
A good, relatively inexpensive choice would be a Gigabyte EP35-DS3 motherboard and the Q6600 (or one of the Q9XXX's in your price range).
OC warning - do not try to push the Q6600 past about 3.0 GHz with the stock cooler.
Actually, your first decision should be: do I upgrade or build a new box? You are already considering buying a new motherboard, CPU, memory, video card, and PSU. You may as well add hard drive, DVD burner, and a case to put it all in.
Well the 9950 that I plan on buying comes with an amd motherboard,so I will be buying DDR2,my current pc has DDR. Also why wouldn't my video card fit the new mobo? My visiontek x1550 is a pci express port, right?
No problem. Thanks for the advice guys. I decided to go with the 9950, got a good deal on newegg, 190 for the cpu and 4gb of ddr2 ram,and a ecs black edition motherboard for 50. Now ill just have to see if it will boot without reinstalling