FLYtoEGCC
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Computer Upgrade Help Needed

Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:04 am

Hi everyone, I'm about to order a bunch of new parts for my computer and could do with a bit of help from the technically-minded here.

I'm upgrading:
CPU (Athlon XP1800+ to Sempron 64-bit 3000+)
Motherboard (Elite K7S6A to Gigabyte K8NS)
Graphics Card (nVidia FX5200 to Powercolour ATi Radeon X700 - both AGP)
Memory (adding another 512Mb of Corsair ValueSelect PC3200)
and replacing a CD-Rw/DVD-ROM drive which is broken.
(and am assuming my existing 400W PSU is enough to run it)

Question 1: If I replace the motherboard and CPU, which are fundamental to the whole system, will it require a complete re-format of the primary hard drive, or would it boot as normal with the new components and load in all the appropriate drivers automatically? I'm running Windows XP Pro.

Question 2: What exactly is the correct procedure for installing a retail heatsink and fan (the one that comes in the box with the CPU)? I've looked round on the internet but there's nothing to answer conclusively. Once you've put the CPU in the socket and closed the lever, should the heatsink clip require a lot of force to attach it to the socket clip? I'm terrified of cracking the die on the CPU, but when I installed the last one I just about managed to do it. And should you do it once the motherboard backplate is back inside the case, or are you supposed to put the CPU on before you mount the backplate back inside?

Any help at all would be much appreciated.

Cheers
Ben
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RE: Computer Upgrade Help Needed

Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:52 am

Quoting FLYtoEGCC (Thread starter):
If I replace the motherboard and CPU, which are fundamental to the whole system, will it require a complete re-format of the primary hard drive, or would it boot as normal with the new components and load in all the appropriate drivers automatically?

Normally Windows will happily boot from a new motherboard but you may have to install the drivers manually after boot-up depending on the motherboard and how recent your windows installation is. As far as the processor is concerned - Windows doesn't care! You may have to re-activate your copy of windows if it's a consumer copy though.

Quoting FLYtoEGCC (Thread starter):
What exactly is the correct procedure for installing a retail heatsink and fan (the one that comes in the box with the CPU)? I've 2. looked round on the internet but there's nothing to answer conclusively. Once you've put the CPU in the socket and closed the lever, should the heatsink clip require a lot of force to attach it to the socket clip?

It will require a bit of force, but nothing excessive, I always find that I hurt my fingers before I do any damage to the hardware. Just make sure the heatsink is fitted using the correct orientation and a good quality compound.

Quoting FLYtoEGCC (Thread starter):
And should you do it once the motherboard backplate is back inside the case, or are you supposed to put the CPU on before you mount the backplate back inside?

I always fit the processor and heatsink before I've installed the motherboard in the case, always remembering of course to use a good quality compound, and I usually install the memory prior to fitting as well.

A few comments though:

Install your graphics card and get the drivers set up before you swap the motherboard and CPU - it may save you a lot of hassle.

Windows won't care about the extra memory and new CD/DVD drive - it will see that they exist and utilise them, but from a driver/software point of view they will barely have any effect.

Your existing 400w P/S is more than enough fro the hardware that your are running, provided it's still in good condition and hasn't been abused.

Drop me an e-mail if you need any more advice - I've built (literally!) thousands of PC's over the last few years, so I've dealt with almost everything that PC upgrades and builds can throw at you.  Smile
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