The time has finally come for me to upgrade my computer, I have been needing to upgrade for a good year now but have finally come across the extra money which I needed. I'm planning on purchasing a:
- Windows 7 operating system
Last summer I upgraded my graphics card from an integrated chip to a ATI Radeon HD 5770, which was nice. I also upgraded the stock power supply to a 750 watt. Basically what I have now is a Dell Inspiron 530 with a 750 watt power supply and 5770 graphics card but I still have the original motherboard and CPU, which is definitely holding my system back. The CPU is a dual core at 2.66 GHz with no option to overclock because the motherboard is stock.
Anyways, these are the parts that I'm planning on getting:
Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Newegg.com - ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade
I'm pretty certain the CPU is compatible with the motherboard, please tell me if it's not. My main question is about the operating system. My current computer has Windows Vista but I want to upgrade to Windows 7 when I install the new hardware. I'm not going to purchase a new hard drive because mine is just fine (I think it's 500 GB, not even close to full). When I install the new hardware and operating system, will all of my files still be on my computer when I get everything installed? This includes all of my programs and games too. I'm not really sure where the OS is actually "stored." Is it on the hard drive or the motherboard? Since I'm keeping the hard drive will all of my files and programs show up when I install the new hardware and OS? Thanks for answering my questions.