I'm looking to replace an old sluggish office system running XP Pro.
Current config is as follows:
Pentium 4 3.00ghz w/4 gb ram
Win XP Pro SP3
My first question & concern is.. can I just drop the current OS and secondary hard drives into a new system and boot up?
Can someone please recommend a fast CPU and MB or perhaps a complete components list for around $500 or so
Thanks for any help!
Edit: I've looked at some of the recommended configs in the sticky section.
Are there any know issues with newer CPUs and MBs being incompatible with XP?
I know that XP Pro 32 will not recognize more than 4 MB ram
You will almost certainly have to do a reinstall for smooth running. Windows need to know there is a new CPU and motherboard with different running and speeds. I think (guessing) that these must be detected in installation because it doesn't take well to being swapped out.
As for good CPU and MB, looking at an i5 and z77 board would be good but harder to keep to a budget of $500 for an entire system. AMD may be good for the budget although I haven't researched it thoroughly.
I'd go with the 3570K myself but if you're not going to overclock - it's not worth purchasing. For your uses you most likely won't benefit from overclocking. You could downgrade to this without losing anything: