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    Default Question about motherboards, processors, hard disks and PSUs. (I want to upgrade)

    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:
    1. 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?
    2. 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?
    3. 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.
    EDIT:
    I just bought the processor and the Asus MB. Cost me about £240 with next day delivery.
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    this is all I know from my experience upgrading my compie:
    for no 2,I don't think it's enough.new GPU need a lot of watt,500watt is enough.one of my friend upgraded his compie and said that he already had 450watt and insisted not to buy a new one but voila,he finally bought the 500watt because his comp doesn't want to boot.
    for no3 actually you need to read the info about GPU and motherboards.that's how I know.also how many fans you have in one case?If you install processor cooler not from the one provided with the processo
    for no 1.you just need to swap the MB and processor and the re-install your OS.no data loss except you format ALL of your HDD.
    cheers,have fun with upgrading(I also have a lot of fun when updraded my comp) =)
    btw,that was so expensive....almost 4 and a half million in my currency.you need it for gaming?


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    1: Yes, you can just swap HDDs and they will work flawlessly on the new MB.. Altough windows, might get a little crank with the upgrade.. (nothing to worry, just some few reboots)

    2: The computer would need about 500Watts PSU.. but doesn't hurt to test how your computer works underload, if your current PSU handles it..

    3: http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html
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    1. That depends. You have 2 HDDs, have you put them into some sort of RAID setup? If you have, I'm assuming you used your motherboard's RAID controller. In that case, you would need to back everything up before you put your new motherboard in. If you haven't got them in RAID then you can just plug them into the new motherboard and it will work fine.

    2. My current computer has an 8800GTX, 2 HDDs, 2gigs DDR2 RAM (1033 MHz), a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo and a CD/DVD-RW drive. I'm using a 450W PSU and it works fine. If you wanted to have two 8800GTs though I would recommend you get something over 500W.

    Why do you have 2 DVD drives?

    3. I don't know any off the top of my head, but if I find one I'll post it.

    P.S. I don't recommend on-board sound. Not only is the sound quality lower, but they generally eat up more CPU resources due to not having their own dedicated audio processing unit. They often also pick up interference from the other motherboard components, producing buzzing or clicking noises in your speakers.
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    If your moving your HDD from Windows => Linux or vice versa
    you have to reformat your HDD

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    Who is changing OS?
    I didn't see anything about, that..

    Complementing on moving RAID arrays.. its possible too to move, but also has alot of ifs and buts.
    Is the os on the array? what type of array it is, and so on.

    So if wasn't you the one that set up the array, your only hope is that the array is controled by a card (not the mobo) so you don't have to worry.
    I doubt that Abaile98 has a RAID, so yes, I see no screw ups on this upgrade..

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    I wish I could of posted here sooner, since I know a site which is very good for recommending upgrades. Anyways go here http://forums.mysuperpc.com/ but it's too late you already bought some parts so it's too late lol (anyone else who's upgrading might see this link anyways)

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    Thanks for the help guys, the upgrades should be witing for me when I get home (I've already bought a 500W PSU).

    P.S. I don't have a RAID setup.

 

 

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