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April 16, 2011 7:50:46 PM

About a year ago I built a computer primarily for music. My motherboard is an
Asrock 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0 and my cpu is an Intel E6300 wolfdale.
I want to upgrade the motherboard (it only supports 2 GB Ram) and the CPU
and power supply. I will use the same case, grapics card, and harddrive.
The hard drive has Windows 7 Professional.

I want to keep the OS and all the programs and a pretty big music library.
What would be the best and easiest to way to do this?

Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated!


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April 16, 2011 8:11:27 PM

What is your case, gpu and HDD and most important - your budget :) 

Will you do any work or gaming with your PC and what will it be, or will you use it only for music/movies/internet browsing ?

Most likely you will have to reinstall your OS, because you will be changing your hardware (Mobo/cpu)
April 16, 2011 8:25:11 PM

My gpu: PowerColor AX4650 1GBK3-H Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR3
My case: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Steel HTPC 2000B ATX Media Center
My HDD: Western Digital AV-GP WD5000AVDS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb

What I thought about doing was transferring all my music and program files to a portable
hardrive using the Windows 7 easy transfer application and then upgrading the mobo, cpu, and power supply and then reinstalling
windows 7 wiping out the previous install and then transferring the files back.

Think that will work?

I probably will upgrade to the Intel i3 with an Intel mother board and an 600w power supply.
The computer is 80% listening to music with WhiteCap music visualizations and the rest of the time surfing the 'net.

Thanks for your reply,
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April 16, 2011 8:34:07 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Tecmo34
April 16, 2011 8:47:50 PM

Everything looks fine - altough if you dont plan to go Crossfire or upgrade your Gpu a 600w psu will be an overkill.

Most likely you planned to get an i5-540 but i would remind you that the 2nd gen i3 - Sandy Bridge cpus are out and are at a simular price.

April 26, 2011 10:55:22 PM

I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro using an upgrade disk over Windows XP.
After I transfer the files to an external hard drive can I just use the
upgrade Windows 7 disk to wipe out the current drivers and bios
or will i have to use the XP disk first and then the Windows 7 upgrade?
I'll use Acronis to back up my files and make a copy of the whole disk.