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#1 12 years ago

I need to upgrade my system but I want to keep my hard drives (one is external). I received some advice before that if you get a new motherboard you also have to get a new hard drive. Basically I bought an okay motherboard and an ok processor. It's a socket A motherboard with a 1.33 GHZ cpu. I know it's crappy but it's what I could afford at the time. It only takes AMD XP and the best one I've found is a 2.2 GHZ cpu. I'm thinking to go higher than that to play some of these other games, hence new motherboard and processor. Here are my questions for you smart guys and gals. How can I upgrade my motherboard and cpu and keep my 200 GB harddrive and 200 GB external drive? Should I keep the one I have and just get the 2.2 GHZ cpu? With the upgrades do I have to get new RAM, I already have 1GB? Thanks a bunch in advance for your answers.




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#2 12 years ago

Lol, you are being very vague about what you want. Well, to start, just dump the socket A board...it isn't worth working on anymore. The Highest you can go, is with the Athlon XP +3200, which has about....how much more life on it? Even a year? Your better off going for a Socket 939 board, with a PCI-X slot, and an Athlon 64 +3000 w/ venice core, it runs faster then the +3200, trust me, and you wont have to sell your motherboard next time you need to pgrade. for Ram, it depends, do you know if it is standard SDRAM, or DDRRAM, easy way to tell, how many notches are on the bottom? 1 or 2? If 1, then your good, and you can keep you ram, but if 2, you need new ram. You can keep your hard drives, relax. But you should give me a budget, I will find you a CPU/GFX Card/Motherboard, and Ram if you need it. You may need a new PSU too (power supply). Here, my IM addresses are.... [EMAIL="Rinkrob24@msn.com"]Rinkrob24@msn.com[/EMAIL] MSN Messenger elitepcgamer24 AIM




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#3 12 years ago

Lol, you are being very vague about what you want. Well, to start, just dump the socket A board...it isn't worth working on anymore. The Highest you can go, is with the Athlon XP +3200, which has about....how much more life on it? Even a year? Your better off going for a Socket 939 board, with a PCI-X slot, and an Athlon 64 +3000 w/ venice core, it runs faster then the +3200, trust me, and you wont have to sell your motherboard next time you need to pgrade. for Ram, it depends, do you know if it is standard SDRAM, or DDRRAM, easy way to tell, how many notches are on the bottom? 1 or 2? If 1, then your good, and you can keep you ram, but if 2, you need new ram. You can keep your hard drives, relax. But you should give me a budget, I will find you a CPU/GFX Card/Motherboard, and Ram if you need it. You may need a new PSU too (power supply). Here, my IM addresses are.... [EMAIL="Rinkrob24@msn.com"]Rinkrob24@msn.com[/EMAIL] MSN Messenger elitepcgamer24 AIM




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#4 12 years ago

your RAM should be compatible, except it may only be DDR266 rather than DDR400 which a newer motherboard and processor will run better with. also what graphics are you running? if its onboard i would buy a motherboard with a PCI-Express slot rather than AGP. if you have an AGP graphics card a good motherboard would be the Asrock dual SATA

http://www.asrock.com/product/939Dual-SATA2.htm

it has both AGP and PC-Express slots for graphics cards, so you could always change to a PCI-Express card another time. it takes AMD's socket 939 cpu so you have plenty of choice depending on your budget.

as for your hard drives, you will probably have to reinstall your OS (windows i assume) so back up any important files before you touch anything. is your external drive USB? that should work fine if it is once the correct drivers are installed.

you will see a vast improvement in performance going to socket 939, not just in games but anything you do


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#5 12 years ago
ladychane2005I need to upgrade my system but I want to keep my hard drives (one is external). I received some advice before that if you get a new motherboard you also have to get a new hard drive. Basically I bought an okay motherboard and an ok processor. It's a socket A motherboard with a 1.33 GHZ cpu. I know it's crappy but it's what I could afford at the time. It only takes AMD XP and the best one I've found is a 2.2 GHZ cpu. I'm thinking to go higher than that to play some of these other games, hence new motherboard and processor. Here are my questions for you smart guys and gals. How can I upgrade my motherboard and cpu and keep my 200 GB harddrive and 200 GB external drive? Should I keep the one I have and just get the 2.2 GHZ cpu? With the upgrades do I have to get new RAM, I already have 1GB? Thanks a bunch in advance for your answers.

Whoever gave you the advice that if you get a new motherboard and processor you also have to get a new hard drive was incorrect. The only thing with hard drives during new hardware installs is reinstalling your operating system; it expects hardware set A but you've changed it all to hardware set B.

In a nutshell - yes, you can upgrade your motherboard and processor and keep your hard drives.

As far as the RAM you have goes, it depends on a couple of things: are you going to get a brand new motherboard? If so, then you'll have to check and make sure you are using DDR memory. PC3200 is most common, however if you decide to go with an Intel system you could theoretically use the DDR2 standard.

If the current memory you have is DDR400 (PC3200) then you are, most likely, good to go.




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#6 12 years ago

I would go with ddr2, and replace the ram, more future proof




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#7 12 years ago

Thanks for all the replys guys. Sorry for being vague, I was in a hurry and just wanted to get the basics down. I have PC3200 DDR RAM and my external drive is USB. I have a GeForce FX 5200 video card, so yeah I'm replacing that also. I have a 450 watt power supply and will probably upgrade that eventually. I'm really not looking to spend more than $500 right now for the CPU, motherboard and video card. If I have to spend more than that then I will have to save up a little while longer.




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#8 12 years ago

just a thought, is your motherboard a full size atx board or micro atx?

as for the motherboard, if you are not going to overclock or play around much, then a budget one will do fine.

suggest looking at these

motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813157081 $66

CPU: dual core: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103562 $280

single core : any of these 2, but i cant see what the difference is

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCompare.asp?CompareItemList=N82E16819103539%2CN82E16819103622&SubCategory=343

Graphics: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130283 $180

i wont say thats the ideal solution for you as there is plenty of choice of other components, and someone else will probably come up with other ideas


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