PC Overhaul

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by RickB, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. RickB

    RickB Guest

    I am planning on giving my PC an overhaul this weekend, just wanted to see
    if replacing these parts would require me to do anything special besides a
    safety-net backup beforehand:

    1. replace MSI K8N Neo4 mobo with a MSI P6N Platinum mobo
    2. replace 2GB Kingston PC3200 DDR 400 RAM with 2GB Corsair PC6400 DDR800
    3. replace AMD 3500 cpu with an Intel E6400 cpu
    4. Coolermaster 450watt powersupply with a OCZ Extreme 700 Watt power supply

    Should I plan on reformatting and re-installing the OS? Or at worse case
    will I be able to do the Windows repair?

    Just trying to get a jump on anything I might run into.

    RickB, Mar 23, 2007
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    pete Guest

    The best case you would get away with a VISTA repair........and then load
    the new Mobo drivers....and then do a ReActivation...most likely end up
    phoning the number given and explain what you did.Hopefully you do not have
    an OEM version of Vista.
    The 2nd best case a reinstallation from scratch with a reactivation like
    The worst case...an OEM copy of Vista and you being silly enough to tell
    that you switched Computers to the person on the Activation Line...tell them
    you had
    to replace the mobo.
    pete, Mar 24, 2007
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  3. I'd recommend reinstalling the OS. Not only are you changing motherboards,
    you're changing chipsets and CPU vendors. It's going to be a whole new
    computer, pretty much. Repair might work (it has in the past when doing that
    drastic of a change), but it might still have some problems later.
    Dustin Harper, Mar 24, 2007
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    RickB Guest

    That's what I thought. I do have a retail version of Vista Ultimate (read:
    no OEM version) so I'm not worried if I do have to re-activate.

    I think I'm going to just do a back up and if a repair doesn't work then
    just do a clean wipe, reformat and install.

    RickB, Mar 24, 2007
  5. If I were you, I would buy RAM at 667 MHz instead of 800 and use the saved
    money to buy a E6600 instead of the 6400.
    Sylvain Lafontaine, Mar 24, 2007
  6. Richard G. Harper, Mar 24, 2007
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    RickB Guest

    Hmmm, I considered the E6600 but with the overclocking ability of the
    motherboard and cpu and the $100 USD saved on the cpu I can get quite a bit
    out of the E6400 using the higher RAM. The price difference between the 667
    MHz and 800 MHz RAM compared to the savings of the E6600 to the E6400 really
    isn't that much.

    I paid $169 after rebate for the Corsair 2GB DDR 800 RAM, where as 2GB of
    667 MHz RAM would run about $130, so about a $40 savings compared to the
    $100 on the cpu, along with the OC capability of the mobo, I should be
    running close to the E6600 anyway. The only thing I lose is the extra 2MB L2
    cache which isn't make that big of a difference on my home machine anyway.

    Just my 2 cents.

    RickB, Mar 24, 2007
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    George Guest

    The 800 MHz RAM is the way to go. With it you can overclock the CPU
    for extra speed. I went with a E4300 (1.8 GHz) for under $200. With
    800 MHz RAM, I got it overclocked to 3.0 Ghz using normal voltages.
    It's very stable.

    George, Mar 24, 2007
  9. If you only take a look at the number of MHz, the 800 RAM is the way to go.
    However, the loss of 2MB of L2 cache might be a much bigger deal in term of
    general performance than you might think at first sight; particularly when
    you will be doing other things with your machine than just running

    However, if the OP want to overclock his machine, then using 800 MHz RAM
    looks as a logical choice but I won't be surprised if you loose on one side
    what you will gain on the other side.

    BTW, is 700 watts of power supply really necessary if you don't plan to have
    SLI? I won't be surprised if keeping the original Coolermaster 450 watt is
    sufficient for this setup (but I agree that overclocking the whole thing
    might stretch it). The new motherboard is SLI but the older one is not, so
    I don't think that there will be a second high end (and high powered) video
    card on this machine.
    Sylvain Lafontaine, Mar 24, 2007
  10. RickB

    RickB Guest

    I currently have an Nvidia 7800GTX video card so I don't see a huge need for
    a 2nd card to go SLI at the moment.

    RickB, Mar 24, 2007
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    Gus Kline Guest

    No question. Clean install.

    Gus Kline, Mar 24, 2007
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