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February 11, 2013 5:42:18 PM

Here are the components I have in my current systems:
1 ASUS P4P800-E DELUXE 478 Intel 865PE ATX Intel Motherboard

2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST380013AS 80GB 7200 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

1 CHAINTECH SA5700L GeForce FX 5700LE 256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card

2 Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model 991093

1 Intel Pentium 4 3.0E Prescott 3.0GHz Socket 478 89W Single-Core Processor BX80546PG3000E

PLEXTOR DVD Burner Black IDE Model PX-712A BLACK

1 Antec Life Style SONATA Piano Black 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case TruePower 380Watt ATX12V Power Supply

Microsoft Windows XP Professional With Service Pack 2 - OEM

I wanted to just add an SSD drive but the motherboard won't support it. If I have to replace the mother board I want to upgrade to the Intel i5 or i7 processor .
This is the mother board I am considering: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

So here are my question:
!. Can I still use the existing hard drives even though they are SATA 1.5 (storage only)
2. Is the power system adequate
3. Can I use windows XP
4. I won't be overclocking, the system is for my office
Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thing have changed dramatically since I built this in 2004.
Thanks!

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February 11, 2013 5:53:10 PM

Yes the hard drives would be good although that power supply looks flaky and I am not sure that it even has the 8pin CPU connector that all new mobos use these days.

You would also have to upgrade:
Ram, Video card as you have AGP and the board you linked has PCIE, Processor

I would also highly recommend upgrading to windows 7 as windows xp is antiquidated and it really has no use anymore unless you work heavily with 16 bit dos applications like they do at some businesses. With XP you will be limited to 3.5gb of usable ram depending on the GPU unless you get the ultra rare ultra crappy XP 64 bit which bluescreens over half the time.

Total cost would be about $400 minimum for an upgrade.
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February 11, 2013 9:51:07 PM

Good tip on the 8pin CPU connector, I hadn't thought of that. How large a watt power supply would you suggest?
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February 11, 2013 10:15:41 PM

If it's just for office then you can get away with minimum power say a Corsair 450watt, a cheap geforce gt640 video card and 4 to 8 GB of Hyperx ram...
but if you want to run a few games then you would consider a little jump in the video card section..
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