New PC upgrade within budget

February 16, 2013 at 22:40:02
Specs: Windows 7
My PC has the following configuration:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+
NVIDIA GT 520 1GB DDR5 Graphics Card
15" Samsung CRT Monitor
iBall iBenz Cabinet
440 Watt SMPS
Seagate 5400RPM 3.5" HDD

I am thinking of upgrading it to the following specifications which is well within my budget of:

Processor - AMD 3.3 GHz AM3 FX6100
Motherboard - ASUS M5A78L-M LX V2
RAM - Kingston ValueRAM DDR3 4GB
SMPS - Corsair CMPSU-600CXV2UK 600 Watt
Cabinet - Cooler Master Gladiator 600 Mid Tower
Graphics Card - Sapphire AMD HD 7850 1GB GDDR5 1 GB
Monitor - Samsung 21.5 inch LED
HDD - Transcend StoreJet 25M2 2.5 inch 500 GB External

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February 17, 2013 at 06:24:13
That is not an upgrade, it is a new build! You did not mention an internal hard drive, so I assume you will be using your old hard drive. Understand that when you change your motherboard, Windows will not see the installation as the same computer, so you will have to reinstall Windows (98% probability). You can try booting the first time into your BIOS, making your settings adjustments there, then booting into Safe Mode, and removing drivers and installing new ones and then rebooting, but in the long run, you may still need to use a new Windows installation key to authenticate it. It may be better to back up everything before you start, wipe the drive, and reinstall from scratch.
I do not know AMD very well, but most of your list appears to be a decent upgrade from what you have.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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