Once I get on my feet financially I'm thinking of doing some upgrading of PC hardware.
*I currently have a Intel Scroeder Town G33 motherboard with a Intel Q6600 Quad Core 2 CPU @ 2.4 GHz. I want to keep my current motherboard and get another quad core (preferably in the Q series) with a faster clock speed something like 3.5 GH per processor.
*I have 2 gigs of DDR2 memory @ 667 MHz I believe and I want to add another two gigs of identical memory.
*I have a 400 watt PSU and I probably will upgrade to a 500 something to ensure I can handle the new hardware.
*And I also want to get a UPS but thats for system protection against power changes.
My question is threefold. One, will any of this necessitate a reinstall of Vista due to HAL problems? Two, what does the HAL register to Vista and what would require a OS reinstall? And three, when a hardware change is made what type of reinstall is needed? Repair (non-destructive) or full (destructive)?
EDIT: Also some of the games I want to play have CPU requirements of 3.0, 3.2, 3.5 GHz. The highest clockspeed for CPUs compatible with my chipset and motherboard is 3.0 GHz. However on these games I far exceed their other requirements many times. Is it possible I won't notice these last few MHz? Or will it have dire effects. If so, is this a sign I should save enough for a newer PC?
@Hefox: I didn't include my GPU because I don't want to upgrade it. I am very happy with it.
@RickyT23: But if I get a different motherboard I then have to reinstall Vista. And then do I have to do a clean install, or a repair install? I was trying to avoid a reinstallation due to the HAL changes. Otherwise I would just save up for another PC.... But I do want to keep this one first.
I usually play at 1024x768. Any higher and I can't see anything as it's too small. I have a Nvidia 9600 GT 1 with 1 gig of VRAM. Though, I made this post in order to make sure my intended hardware upgrades are viable.
I don't think my motherboard can overclock. It's a Intel made BIOS on a Intel made motherboard, but Gateway loaded their own driver. They seem to have removed any overclocking options, it doesn't appear in the BIOS.
And isn't there a limit on how far you can overclock it? I just want to be able to play the new games coming out without the CPU being a liability.
When reviewing system requirements for games, it is CRITICAL that you check what TYPE and MODEL of processor they list as the minimum. Your Q6600 could crush two 3.8GHZ P4s (with hyperthreading enabled!). Heck, my dual-core P8700 laptop processor can beat the old Pentium D 960 (3.6 GHZ).
The only upgrade I would consider is more memory...vista is a dog, and 4 gigs is nice. But even with that upgrade, unless you have a 64-bit installation of Vista, you won't be able to use all the memory, most likely only 3 GB.
Well several of the games I want to play require a 3+ Ghz CPU. Ok, I might be fine for those. But some require a 3.0 or in some cases 3.5 Ghz Dual Core. Those are the ones I worry about because as far as I know nobody supports four cores yet. So theres no way for me to get around it.
Like I have a Playstation 2 emulator and I can't run it because it requires a 3.2 Ghz Dual Core so the performance is real crappy. I went to play Xenosaga Ep 1 on it. The movies were fine as were the pre-rendered scenes. But when it came to start the Encephalon simulation (a part of the game that is rendered on the spot) it was like watching one of those freaky slide shows...