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Post by Wolfgang70 » Fri Jun 04, 2004 2:25 pm

If I update my mobo and processor, what do I need to do to my HD? Do I need to reformat it? Or will the system boot up regardless? Sorry for the newb questions but I've finally gotten fed up with my current system. Unfortunately, I have a very limited budget to upgrade ($300). I'll have another $300 in about 6 months but I can't wait that long.

Currently:
PIII - 1ghz
Crap board
MSI TI4200 64meg (I'll OC it once I get the new board)
768 of PC133
40gig HD
DVD/CDRW

Priority #1 is new mobo and processor which brings along new RAM which will blow that initial $300. Any recommendations?

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Post by kalmark » Fri Jun 04, 2004 2:34 pm

I'm not sure if you have to reformat, but you'll definitely need to reinstall Windows. As the motherboard chipset and most likely the CPU type will be changed, Windows needs a new HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) to operate.
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Post by Immortal » Fri Jun 04, 2004 3:09 pm

a reformat isnt crucial but is highly recommended you never know what stray files can cause!

A windows re-install however is compulsory, the system wont boot because the system drivers are different, and as Kalmark said, the HAL needs to be reconfigured.

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Post by Bio-Hazard » Fri Jun 04, 2004 3:20 pm

A fresh install at a minimum.......better to do a complete format if you haven't done one in a while...........you'd be suprized how much better your system works with a totally clean install.........gets rid of all that spyware, adware and all those little nasties that get hidden away on your HD.......... :shock:

As for what you can get for $300, Here's what I would do...... 8)
Abit NF7-S Rev 2, @ Newegg.com @ $89 Free shipping.
AMD 2500 XP-M @ Newegg.com @ $88 Free shipping
Kingmax PC3200 Super Ram, 2x256 meg @ Newegg.com @ $51 EA. Free shipping

Total Price: $279 and you have a pretty good system........ 8)

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 166&depa=0

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 002&depa=0

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 401&depa=0

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Post by Wolfgang70 » Fri Jun 04, 2004 3:47 pm

Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. Oh well, there's nothing on there that can't be saved to CD.

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Does the 2500+ M come with a heatsink and so forth or do I need to get that? If so, what do you suggest?

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Post by Bio-Hazard » Fri Jun 04, 2004 3:59 pm

No, it doesn't come with a HSF, it's OEM. I'll have to look around for what they have..........I'd go with something that has at least a copper base and a 80mm fan.......Let me see what they have...... :D

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Post by Bio-Hazard » Fri Jun 04, 2004 4:05 pm

This is 1 that I really like for the price........all you need after that is a 80mm fan.......... 8)

Thermalright ALX-800 @ newegg.com @ $19.99 Free shipping

Thermaltake Smart II @ Newegg.com @ $8.99 $4 shipping

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 111&depa=0

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Post by kalmark » Fri Jun 04, 2004 4:09 pm

Don't forget to install a fresh AV software and preferably a firewall BEFORE you go on the web with a new Windows install! You'll get infected at that very second (or so) by Blaster and friends.
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Post by Wolfgang70 » Mon Jun 07, 2004 10:21 am

Thanks guys. I still have a little time before I make my purchase but at least I now have an idea of what I need.

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Post by Wolfgang70 » Wed Jun 16, 2004 1:39 pm

Ah, just a quick update. I have a friend offer to sell me his old mobo/processor/RAM/Graphics card for $300 which fits perfectly with my budget. He's upgrading to a FX-53 rig with an X800XT so he's selling me his Asus P4P800-Deluxe/P4 2.8C/1gig PC4200/9800XT. Here's my question, if I throw in another HD can I install my OS (still ME though that will change in another 4-5 months) onto it, have the mobo boot from it, and then copy all of my existing data from my current HD? Or even have the old one as a storage drive even though it has a copy of Windows on it? I want to keep all of the data on my current HD without have to burn a bunch of CDs. What do you guys recommend?

Thanks in advance.

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Post by kalmark » Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:09 pm

I think you can keep the old HDD, it's way easier. And as long as it is not set to boot, it will not do that. And, if you are completely sure that you don't want to run windows from that old HDD, you can delete the c:\windows folder so you have more space for data. And I guess there would be somewhere a swapfile, too, maybe with the extension "386" (?) - not sure about that, win9x/me times were a long ago for me. You can delete this swap file too.
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Post by A10Pilot3 » Sat Jun 19, 2004 6:56 pm

Wolfgang70 wrote:Ah, just a quick update. I have a friend offer to sell me his old mobo/processor/RAM/Graphics card for $300 which fits perfectly with my budget. He's upgrading to a FX-53 rig with an X800XT so he's selling me his Asus P4P800-Deluxe/P4 2.8C/1gig PC4200/9800XT. Here's my question, if I throw in another HD can I install my OS (still ME though that will change in another 4-5 months) onto it, have the mobo boot from it, and then copy all of my existing data from my current HD? Or even have the old one as a storage drive even though it has a copy of Windows on it? I want to keep all of the data on my current HD without have to burn a bunch of CDs. What do you guys recommend?

Thanks in advance.
wow for $300 that is a great deal. That's worth over $500+

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