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.
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.