Will my old hard drive work with my new pc?

February 12, 2011 at 17:34:42
Specs: Windows 7
im planning on buying all new pc parts and have all my stuff on my current hard drive. It has windows 7. this is my current box with a better graphics card. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...

And here will be my new specs.

Please help! Thank you.

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February 12, 2011 at 18:08:11
Complete waste of money. The case is WAY overpriced, plus cases with bottom mount power supplies suck. The motherboard is based on an older chipset, there's no need for water cooling & you're paying way too much for a crappy power supply. Why are you buying from TigerD in the 1st place? And why are you only getting one stick of RAM?

Your old HDD will work as long as you reinstall Win7. It won't boot with the new hardware.

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February 12, 2011 at 19:06:19
K. My first thing is,

1. Why won't it work?
2. What would u reccommend for a computer thats below $700? I dont need a graphics card nor dvd drives. But, has to be a full tower case.

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February 13, 2011 at 08:58:00
"Why won't it work?"

Because Microsoft has designed Windows to detect hardware changes, especially the motherboard. If you attempt to use the old Windows installation on your new system, the difference in hardware will be detected & Windows will refuse to boot. Microsoft deliberately did that to prevent hard drives from being transferred from one system to another without doing a reinstall. And since you're "legally" not supposed to use the same product key more than once, they're "forcing" you to pay for another copy of Windows. You can however, install Windows over the top of itself. This was called a "repair installation" for WinXP, for Win7 it's called an "in-place upgrade installation".

"What would u reccommend for a computer thats below $700? I dont need a graphics card nor dvd drives. But, has to be a full tower case"

Why does it HAVE to be a full tower? They're generally much more expensive than a mid-tower. Are you installing 4-5 hard drives & several optical drives? Or do you think it's going to keep things cooler? Case with bottom mount power supplies are NOT the way to go. With the PSU at the bottom, it no longer helps to cool the case, plus the incoming air is restricted by the perforations in the case, not to mention it's only sits about a 1/2" off the floor or table. It's really a poor design. But people buy em, so manufacturers keep making them. Cases with top mounted PSUs are superior.

The Problem of Bottom-Mounted Power

You really didn't answer my followup questions about TigerD & the RAM? Here's a configuration to consider:

COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 Mid Tower case- $50

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W PSU - $80

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 motherboard - $90

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition - $200

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 - $50

Total = $470

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February 13, 2011 at 09:07:09
But, ive got 4 gtx 480's and need the space for them. Ive bought from tiger for years because they have always gave me good deals. The 4 gig of ram is all i need but il take 2 2gb.

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February 13, 2011 at 11:08:21
Why on earth do you need four GTX 480's? Both the board you selected & the one I selected only have two PCIe x16 slots, so how are you going to use the other two cards?

TigerD has a horrible reseller rating (6.43) plus they're generally more expensive than Newegg (9.70). The hardware list I posted is better & cheaper, but it appears you like to spend money needlessly, so you may as well just stick with your original config.



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February 13, 2011 at 15:29:06
gonna leave 2 in my old box and put 2 in my new.

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February 16, 2011 at 15:12:45
Any more suggestions if this will work or not?

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