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Upgrading from Windows Vista 32 to Windows 7 64

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February 12, 2013 7:19:56 AM

I built this system back in 2008, until the past year i haven't had any problems. I am constantly short on memory (4gb loaded but not all recognized) and need to upgrade or start from scratch. What are my options?

My current setup is

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66Ghz Socket 775
EVGA nforce 780i SLI Socket 775
PNY GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
with 4 sticks of OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

Thanks for the help!
a b B Homebuilt system
February 12, 2013 9:25:33 AM

I would sell off your system's individual parts and start over. You might salvage the case or power supply and optical drives. I would also add a small ssd to your new build. Need a firm budget for more advice.
February 13, 2013 3:19:31 AM

Where would I sell the old parts?

My budget is very flexible. I spent about 900 on the original build and added new optical drives and hds over time. I'm really just looking for the best bang for the buck so to speak. Not cutting edge but something that will keep up for the next five or so years.

I should've went with 64bit when i built this and i wouldn't have this memory problem. Is there anything else on the horizon that i should take into account when starting this new build?
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 13, 2013 4:08:50 AM

Intel has some new cpus coming out in June. But the current cpus should be more than adequate for your needs. Here's some suggestions: (1.35-1.5v 9-9-9-24 works well on most boards)

How much you spend on the case and drives is up to you. I use seagate just for their cloning software. I like buying retail box hardrives for the extra protection they get when shipping, but they can be hard to find. Good luck.
February 13, 2013 4:46:35 AM

Are there any good online sites where I can sell the old parts or any other recommendations on where to sell them?
a b B Homebuilt system
February 13, 2013 9:13:46 AM

I use craigslist and anandtech's for sale forum in the usa. You may be limited to ebay.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 13, 2013 11:03:02 AM

Aside from the memory issue, what other problems are you having with your system?
What is the system's primary usage?
Specifically, what motherboard are you using?

Yes, your system is getting long in the tooth and perhaps, should be put to pasture, but a lot of that depends on what you're doing on this system.

-Wolf sends
February 15, 2013 7:12:59 AM

Other than the occasional bog down, my average in-use memory is probably between 1.5 to 2g of the alittle less than 3g total.

Motherboard is listed in the OP

Mostly gaming and streaming, often at the same time. Other than that basic stuff, work at home, etc. Looking forward to some upcoming beta testing.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 15, 2013 12:08:04 PM

Ok. Sorry I missed the motherboard.

Really depends on how much you want to spend.

Just upgrading your current system:
Memory: AllComponents 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR2-800 ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)

Starting from scratch with a new core system
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($223.79 @ Amazon/$189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $473.74 ($439.94 if you have a Microcenter nearby)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 08:57 EST-0500)
Note: Any IDE devices would also need to be replaced

Basically, it boils down to $100 vs $374 (or less if you trim some fat off the processor and/or sell off some of your current components).

-Wolf sends