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Old 04-06-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
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hello eveyone recently my computer decided to stop working something with the motherboard apparently as it fails to start up. So i decided to get a entirely new mobo/cpu combo and im deciding between .

Asus M2N-SLI Motherboard CPU Bundle - AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Processor 3.20GHz Retail

XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Motherboard CPU Bundle - Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Processor 2.66GHz Retail

Is the core 2 alot better then the 64 X2 6400?

Also here is the real problem since im only upgrading the mobo/cpu i'm keeping the same ram, PC 3200 OCZ dual Chan 2.5-3-3-7, and the hard-drive. What will happen when i plug in a hard-drive that is saved with old mobo settings/ect and try to run it on a completely different configuration. how do i overwrite the mobo drivers without formatting?

Also anyone know if 400W is enough power for the above configurations?
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:01 PM   #2
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hello eveyone recently my computer decided to stop working something with the motherboard apparently as it fails to start up. So i decided to get a entirely new mobo/cpu combo and im deciding between .
First, are you sure this is the problem? Have you tried tested the mobo in another system? If it doesn't turn on then it could just be the PSU.
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Also here is the real problem since im only upgrading the mobo/cpu i'm keeping the same ram, PC 3200 OCZ dual Chan 2.5-3-3-7, and the hard-drive. What will happen when i plug in a hard-drive that is saved with old mobo settings/ect and try to run it on a completely different configuration. how do i overwrite the mobo drivers without formatting?
The RAM you have is DDR, most new motherboards support DDR2, so you will need some different memory:
2GB for XP:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820208283
Or 4GB for Vista: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211271
I recommended those kits of RAM based on the assumption that you are not overclocking. If you are, then tell me and I'll find some more suitable memory.
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Asus M2N-SLI Motherboard CPU Bundle - AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Processor 3.20GHz Retail

XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Motherboard CPU Bundle - Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Processor 2.66GHz Retail

Is the core 2 alot better then the 64 X2 6400?
Don't buy a combo BTW. Your choice is often limited.
The Core architecture does scale better clock for clock than the Athlon, but they are also more expensive. The 6400 X2 performs at a similar level to the E6750 even though the Intel part is clocked slower.
I would recommend the Intel TBH, because it will be more energy efficient than the AMD part and has much more overclocking potential. But buy this mobo instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128059
and the E8200: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...5047&Tpk=e8200 which is one of the new 45nm Wolfdales and replaces the E6750. I has a larger L2 cache and is more energy efficient.
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What will happen when i plug in a hard-drive that is saved with old mobo settings/ect and try to run it on a completely different configuration. how do i overwrite the mobo drivers without formatting?
When you are looking for you new HDD, make sure that it uses a SATA interface and not IDE. The manufacturer of the hard drive will have software available for download that will allow you to transfer everything to your new hard disk.
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Also anyone know if 400W is enough power for the above configurations?
I need more information on the power supply. What is the brand and model.
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Ty for the help worship but i got a few questions.

I am not intrested in simply building a new PC. I don't want to buy a new harddrive or ram. I was wondering if it wou be possible to use my old CPU and DDR RAM.

If not I would like to buy this ram.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=2206874

is that compatible with the motherboard and cpu you suggested.

Also the processor you linked me has no feedback unlike this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037

should i still get the one you suggested. Thanks alot
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Old 04-07-2008, 04:54 AM   #4
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Sorry, I misunderstood your first post. I thought you wanted to copy your old stuff onto a new HDD.
You won't be able to use DDR RAM in any of the modern mobos. But if your CPU is a socket LGA775, then you can keep it.

That is a brilliant memory kit, I have the same and it OC's to 1100MHz!
The E8200 is the same as the E8400 but running at a lower clock speed, so it's a bit cheaper, but if your current CPU is LGA775, you won't have to buy another one.
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Umm I might be seeing this wrong but, you cant take your old harddrive out a diffrent motherbored and put it on a brand new one and think your xp will be on it, this will become unstable.

I think I understand you
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Yes, although in very rare cases he may be able to get away with a repair install, but he should back up all his important data before just in case.
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