Replacement XP Office Box

Hi all,

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
Radeon X1550

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
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  1. 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.
  2. Thank you, so I will plan on an OS reinstall. I got some flexibility on the cost

    Is this a good start as a bundle with memory? i5-2500
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5552085

    Or this has no memory, i5-3570
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2580687&CatId=6982
  3. magnetman said:
    Thank you, so I will plan on an OS reinstall. I got some flexibility on the cost

    Is this a good start as a bundle with memory? i5-2500
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5552085

    Or this has no memory, i5-3570
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2580687&CatId=6982


    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:

    - CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115234
    - Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302
    - RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231546
  4. Makes sense on the CPU, thanks

    Since I'm staying with Win XP and 4GB mem I was looking at this ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231313

    What's the smallest case that ASRock MB can go into?


    Lastly.. how many watts power supply needed for this setup?

    Sorry for all the Q's but it's been a few years since I studied this stuff for builds
  5. magnetman said:
    Makes sense on the CPU, thanks

    Since I'm staying with Win XP and 4GB mem I was looking at this ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231313


    Better to have 2 x 2GB instead of 1 x 4GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233195

    Quote:
    What's the smallest case that ASRock MB can go into?


    Do you want ATX or mATX?

    Quote:
    Lastly.. how many watts power supply needed for this setup?


    Depends on the GPU but you could probably get by with something like a 430W power supply. Be warned though - you get what you pay for buying a cheap power supply. I'd go with something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151074
  6. Got ya on the 2 x 2MB slabs

    Better to have some more space for cooling so I would go with reg ATX vs mini, something very decent not junk

    On the PSU I'll spend a bit more, was looking at this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151095
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