Here's the story, I bought the British version of PC Gamer magazine (it had an article about STALKER: Clear sky). As I was flicking through, I came across another article about building a gaming rig for roughly a grand. Included were all the prices of the components and cheaper alternatives.
Here's what I want to get (to upgrade to, not build from scratch):
Core 2 Quad Q6600
Either a MSI P35 Platinum or an Asus P5N-E SLI
Now I have three questions:
- Can I just swap out my current MB and processor and expect it to work with my HDDs, or will I have to back up my data and format my disks? Or is there an easy way of installing the new parts that doesn't involve any loss of data?
- My upgraded computer will contain the above components, plus a GeForce 7900GT (may upgrade this later to an 8800GT..... or two), two HDDs (SATA), 2GB of 800MHz DDR2 RAM, a DVDRW and a DVDROM. Onboard sound. One case fan. My current computer has a 450W PSU is this enough or do I need a new one?
- Can someone post a guide on how to work out what kind of PSU a computer needs, I have no Idea how it is worked out.
I just bought the processor and the Asus MB. Cost me about £240 with next day delivery.