Posted 06 July 2008 - 10:35 AM
You should be able to reuse your case, the hdd, your optical drive/s, fdd if you have one, modem if it is dial up, and of course your sound card. I don't think that you will be able to use the same RAM, you are probably going to be looking at DDR2 at least.
If you let us know what your budget is, and what you wish to ultimately do we can help you put together a shopping list. Remember, if you wish to go with a Crossfire or SLI mode you don't have to purchase both cards initially, but now is the time to consider this as you will need to purchase a motherboard which will support these modes.
One thing that I will address right now is that you need to be aware that if you take your old hdd with Windows installed on it and connect it to this new motherboard without doing a fresh installation you may lose the operating system. There are IDs that the registry recognizes that are related to the motherboard chipset, and when you introduce another motherboard with a different chips set the operating system gets confused and doesn't know what to do, in most cases this is fatal. I would suggest that you plan on backing up all of your important files and applications that you don't already have installation disc for onto a removable media, like CDs, DVDs, flash drives, or an external hdd, and plan on doing a fresh installation of Windows once you have the new computer ready.
Did you build the computer that you are using now?
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