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Upgrading everything

Q: Upgrading everything

Im thinking of upgrading my system from:

PIII 600, 512 ram, winxp, geforce4...

PIV 2.5 , 512 ram, winxp, geforce4...
So I bought this combo case that has the following installed in it:
PIV 2.5, 512 ram, and a motherboard for it.

My question is, can I just transfer my hardware from my old computer in this new case? and Is it possible to put in my harddrive from my old computer into the new one without formatting it? I want to keep all my files and don't want to go through formatting and resinstalling winXP and all my programs again...


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A:Upgrading to Win 10 - after upgrading incompatible graphics card

Windows 10 no longer supports NVIDIA 6-Series Graphics Cards anymore as of Windows 8

Hint : Install drivers manually through device manager (it may or may not work)
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Cheers folks!

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The BIOS is the stuff that happens BEFORE Windows starts to load.
Do you have issues with overheating or with the fan? If so, the BIOS update is for you.
Also, BIOS flashes are dangerous - and you can turn your computer into a paperweight by doing it incorrectly. In short, if it ain't broke - don't fix it!

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A:Upgrading ram

Upgrading the ram should help with your problem but probably will not totall fix it. Sometimes the problem is that you have too much stuff on your hard drive which casue the computer to run alittle slower so in my opion get the ram but go through your HD and delete any uneccessary stuff
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Thanks Ryan,


Is the HP case the only thing you want to keep ? If you plan on keeping the SDram too, you're quite limited on options.
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A:Upgrading my pc

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A:Upgrading RAM

yes "choose wisely" is becoming common with ram nowadays. since you havent posted your computer info i cant really tell you what is best. however know this, if pairing sticks, try your best to keep them in the same brand and memory size. dont mix and match in other words.
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What are you going to be using the computer for mainly?

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A:Upgrading RAM

Boxy Brown said:

I have a question about upgrading my RAM. My computer uses DDR-SDRAM, does that mean I have to buy DDR-SDRAM, or could I buy DDR2. Also, is there anything else I need to know about upgrading it?

Thanks.Click to expand...

DDR-Dual Double Rate

You need to know the specifications of the sticks are such as is a PC4300 or 2700.

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A:Upgrading Ram

Little Help...

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Is this machine self built or manufacturer?
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A:i need help on upgrading ram....

neild79 said:

i want to know if i can take out my 256mb + fit in 2 1gb corsair ramClick to expand...

Yes, this will work fine in your motherboard. I'd just say be sure to get DDR-400 memories so they might have some lasting power or be usable in future upgrades down the road.

i want to upgrade in the future to sli, + dont know if my mobo is capable....any help is appreciated.Click to expand...

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Epox makes an SLI/Socket 754 motherboard if you chose to go this direction in the future and salvage ddr400 memories and your current CPU.

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The bare minimum you need to consider is mobo,cpu & ram.
The cpu you posted is not going to fit your old mobo
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Quote: Originally Posted by WolfofAlchemy

Is it possible to upgrade my computer from a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit OS?

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Here is a link to help you find out. Find if my Processor is 32-bit or 64-bit capable in XP, Vista and Windows 7
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A:Upgrading Ram

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A:upgrading ram


they can help you figure out what ram you need.

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Dundas2 said:

What benefits/changes would I expect see if I increase the RAM from 256? I'm quite happy with how the computer is performing,but it is my first one,so I have nothing to compare it to. Thanks.Click to expand...

256 might be all you need, it really depends on what you want to do with you PC. I increased all PCs to 512MB well those with a limit. To me 512MB isn't enough 1GB of DDRAM is good start. 2GB and 4GB for those who really need power. Average users can get by with 512MB for desktop and laptops. It's when you get into video and audio editing then you need 1GB of DDRAM. If you want to get into HTPC (Home theater Personal Computer) then you need at least 1GB to capture and watch TV on your PC, just like turning your PC into DVR (digital video recorder).

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Number of Physical Processors 1
CPU #1 Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8400
CPU Name Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26GHz
CPU Code Name Penryn
Vendor GenuineIntel
Number of Bits 64
Instruction Set MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, ET64, XD, VMX, SMX, EST
Platform Name Socket P (478)
Revision M0
Technology 45 nm
Original Clock 2266 MHz
Original System Clock 266 MHz
Original Multiplier 8.6
CPU Clock 2266 MHz
System Clock 266.0 MHz
FSB 1064.0 MHz
Number of Cores 2
Core #1
Speed 798.0 MHz
Multiplier 3.0
Core #2
Speed 798.0 MHz
Multiplier 3.0

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A:Upgrading an XPS 410

I think it will work out but i am not sure if your motherboard is compatible with it. please tell us what type of motherboard you have.

how to find out what motherboard you have: download it and it will tell you. (don't worry it is safe)
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Your motherboard doesn't support more than 2GB of RAM. What I gather from your post (a little undetailed as to what you did, exactly ) is that you removed the old memory and installed the new ones. You need to make sure that the frequency of both sticks is less than 533MHz as your motherboard doesn't support 667 or 800.

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A:Upgrading to SSD

Perhaps reading this excellent tutorial will help you:
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A:Upgrading Ram - MHz Help

Yes, generally. But you can go to Select the brand and model, and get a report. If a faster module will work reliably, Crucial will list it.
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Generally, in many machines, all of the above are interchangeable... if they are all the same, and not mixed with some PC2700 and some PC2100 or whatever. But the only way to know is to try, and that gets expensive.

However, if Crucial says it fits, it fits, except in ASUS motherboards.