Hardware upgrade to improve system for Win7 installation

August 5, 2012 at 05:02:39
Specs: Windows XP
Hello.I have a problem. I want to find a mother board and CPU for rest of my system. I want to install windows seven on my computer.My current windows is Xp. My current system is:
Main board: 945PT-A2
CPU: LGA 3*2
Ram: DDR2 1G
H.D.D: 160 Sata
VGA: 256 8400 GS
I have found a Main board and CPU.
Main board: Asus p5G41-MLE
CPU: Intel c2q q8400/2.66 Box
Do you think these two can support my system?
I am waiting for your answer.

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#1
August 5, 2012 at 06:08:16
Yes, but you will need more RAM for Windows 7 to run well (3 or 4 Gb), your graphics card needs to be PCIe as there's no AGP slot and a 160Gb HDD is relatively small these days.

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#2
August 5, 2012 at 06:26:06
Win 7 run well with 2gb of memory but nowadays memory are dirty cheap so better get 4gb or more.

Better get sandy bridge(pentium) system, C2Q & G41 are a old tech.

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#3
August 5, 2012 at 06:43:00
Why would you "upgrade" to another LGA 775 setup? I suggest you stick with what you have until you're ready to do it right.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

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#4
August 5, 2012 at 07:41:49
Better Graphics Card and Upgrade Memory to 2GB on current system, it will run Windows 7 32bit OK.

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Pr...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

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#5
August 5, 2012 at 12:15:00
Do you mean?:
Main board: 945PT-A2
CPU: LGA 3*2

Ram: DDR2 2G
H.D.D: 160 Sata
VGA: 2G
Are you sure it will support windows seven?
Would you please recommend me right pieces?

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#6
August 5, 2012 at 13:20:58
I have to admit I didn't really look at your existing hardware which, as riider implies, is capable of running Windows 7 with a RAM upgrade so buying a new motherboard and CPU would be false economy in the long run. Save up a bit more and move to a newer chipset/CPU.

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#7
August 5, 2012 at 14:28:06
It would be helpful to know which CPU you currently have. What is CPU: LGA 3*2?

To be able to run Win7 on your system, all you'd have to do is add more RAM. Unfortunately, 2GB is the max for your board, but as Jolicloud said, that's good enough for Win7 32-bit. The 8400GS 256MB is not a gaming card but it's fine for general purpose use. The amount of video memory doesn't necessarily mean a card faster. Do you think an 8400GS 2GB would be faster than a 8400GS 256MB? High end cards benefit from large amounts of memory, but not low end cards. But a lot of manufacturers put 2GB on lower end cards to sucker people into to buying them. If you want a 2GB card, make sure it's capable of talking advantage of it. That means a reatively high end gaming card ($100+) & make sure you have a power supply that can handle it.


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#8
August 5, 2012 at 15:17:08
Actually all you had to do was to go to the M$ website and run the Upgrade Advisor, then you would find out we are not talking crap as you inferred in response 5:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

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#9
August 5, 2012 at 21:42:19
A major upgrade like a MB, CPU, probably more memory, possibly a larger hard drive, and if you decide to upgrade your graphics card, a new power supply; Requires stepping back and looking at the entire picture. You would be spending hundreds of dollars on an upgrade that while faster than what you have, is a couple of generations out of date. If (like me and many others) you have a Core 2 processor system and are happy enough with it (it does everything you need it to do at at least reasonable speeds), then you should stay with it for the time being. If you are not happy with your system, then you should be setting your sights on a completely new build with at least reasonably modern technology. The difference you will experience in speed/performance for just a moderate amount of additional money, will be very well worth it. I am not saying you need to purchase the very leading edge newest tech or the most expensive, but to combine a more modern CPU with appropriate components by starting with a completely clean sheet of paper (choosing what you need rather than what might make your 'old thing' better) is what will get you the most for your investment and you will be happy with it for many more years.

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