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Upgrading MoBo/CPU/RAM, need help.

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November 29, 2011 8:27:33 PM

Hello all,

First off, my current specs are:

Intel Core2Quad Q9550 OC'd @ 3.4GHz
Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
2x HD 5870's in xfire
750W PC Power&Cooling PSU
CoolerMaster v8 CPU cooler

So I will be upgrading my mobo/cpu/ram to:

Intel i5 2500k
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4
8GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600

I'm buying this from a local Microcenter which has the i5 at a great price of $179.99, and if you buy that you get $60 off the mobo of your choice. Which puts my total to $386.10. Not bad for such a large upgrade.

So here are my questions:

1. I am also thinking about buying a good, cheap SSD for the OS only (W7 Pro off MSDN for free =D). I currently have a 500GB WD Green drive as my primary OS drive (slow), and a 1TB WD Black for games. What exactly will I need to do when I want to install the new OS on my SSD (or, if I don't get a SSD, what should I do so none of the files are wiped from either drive)? I've never really had to re-install anything ever, so I feel a fresh install will speed up the computer a good bit. Can I just plug in the drive, run the CD, install the OS, and then delete the old OS off the green drive? Or is there some other way to do that?

2. I have a CoolerMaster V8 CPU cooler, but I don't have the bracket to attach it on the new 1155 motherboard (should be the same bracket for the 1156). I have searched damn near everywhere on the internet and all the retailers have discontinued it for some reason. What the hell can I do about this other than just buying a new cooler (which I don't want to do)? I don't really want to OC a processor with the crappy stock fan.

Any answers to these questions will be greatly appreciated.

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November 29, 2011 8:41:06 PM

1. I am also thinking about buying a good, cheap SSD for the OS only (W7 Pro off MSDN for free =D). I currently have a 500GB WD Green drive as my primary OS drive (slow), and a 1TB WD Black for games. What exactly will I need to do when I want to install the new OS on my SSD (or, if I don't get a SSD, what should I do so none of the files are wiped from either drive)? I've never really had to re-install anything ever, so I feel a fresh install will speed up the computer a good bit. Can I just plug in the drive, run the CD, install the OS, and then delete the old OS off the green drive? Or is there some other way to do that?
I'm going to try my OS on an SSD (Samsung 830 64Gb) but won't get it till next week... Meanwhile if I were going to load Win 7 on a working drive I would download Partition Magic, create a new partition on the unused part of the drive, and when prompted by setup load the OS on the new partition. Once done this will give you dual boot, Win 7 will take preference over your old system, and you will be able to access any of your original files. Plus you can boot from your old OS if req. Hope this helps...(don't think 'good' and 'cheap' go together with SSDs!)

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November 29, 2011 8:43:18 PM
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If you get an SSD, disconnect all other drives physically before you install an OS on it. Literally take all the cords out of the back of the other drives.

Once the OS is fully installed and operational and once you have done all the windows updates or equivalent for whatever the OS is you will be using then you can plug in the other drives.

You will want to have the SSD as master and the other drives as cable select settings.

You can delete whatever files and directories you want after you do all of this, however, if I were you I would wipe whatever drives used to have OSs on them and then put a new file system like Fat 32 on it and then put the files back on there.

If you do this, you won't be in any danger of windows trying to boot to the still configured old drive and you would keep conflicts to a minimum.

Really there is no good reason to leave an OS on a drive you don't need to have an OS on and there are good reasons to avoid it.

Not sure what you can do about the V8.
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November 29, 2011 8:49:56 PM

Also, since I got on the topic. What SSD's would you guys recommend? I'm looking for something at or under $100. I just want the OS to boot fast, that's pretty much it.

I was looking at this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And just to be sure, my PSU has handled everything inside it so far, 750W will be enough for the upgrades I assume, since I'm sure the i5 cut down on power consumption from the C2Q's.
November 29, 2011 10:09:28 PM

The search for a 1156 bracket is hitting dead ends everywhere. Does anybody know where to get one?
November 30, 2011 12:14:29 AM

Ooooh, wonder if that would work with a coolermaster or not....
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November 30, 2011 1:18:53 AM

It may not be designed for it, but it might work.
November 30, 2011 4:54:55 AM

Just looked at it again, CM brackets that fit onto the actual cooler have 2 screw holes, the xigmatec one only has 1 in the center of each. Seems like the bracket set they were selling is discontinued in the US for some stupid reason. They have tons over in Australia lol, but that isn't much help.
December 10, 2011 3:50:14 PM

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