Following retrenchment, I now do freelance photography, and need to ugrade my old (2002) computer which still works fine, but is far too slow for modern editing programs, and very, very noisy with it's 13 cooling fans.
AMD 2,7 Athlon, Gigabyte K7 triton 400 7VAXP Ultra, nVidia G-Force FX5900 (128DDR), and 1,5 GB RAM (DDR 400 PC3200)The MB will not take any more RAM, despite them claiming it can run 3GB, - and this RAM is extremely expensive & hard to find.
For economic considerations, I would like to replace the MB with a GA-H67MA-USB3-B3DDR3-1333+ GIGABYTE® H67MA-USB3: H67 Express Chipset: Socket LGA1155, 2.5GT/s DMI, Supports: 2nd Generation Pentium, Core i3, i5, i7 LGA1155
MICRO ATX 4x DDR3-1333+ Slots (Dual Channel - 16GB Max), 4x SATA2, 2x SATA3 (RAID 0, 1, 5, 10), 12x USB 2.0 (8x Cable), 2x USB 3.0
NEW 2x PCI Express x16, (x16/x4), 2x PCI Express x1, Intel HD Graphics (On CPU), Realtek Gigabit LAN, 7.1 Channel HD Audio (Optical/SPDIF)
B3 STEPPING Graphics Requires Core i3-2xxx / Core i5-2xxx / Core i7-2xxx With Graphics Support On The CPU - Please See Intel LGA 1155 CPU List
Rear IO Panel Display Ports Available: DVI-D Port, D-Sub Port, HDMI Port
Ultra Durable 3 Features: 2oz Copper PCB, 50,000 Hour Solid Capacitors, Ferite Core Chokes, Low RDS(ON) Mosfets, Driver Mosfet
Dual BIOS, Dynamic Energy Saver 2, EasyTune, Gigabyte Smart6, ATI Crossfire, AutoGreen, SmartTPM, XHD, On/Off Charge
8 Phase Power, Dual CPU Power, Dual BIOS 3TB+ Support, Gigabyte CloudOC, Gigabyte HotKey OC,
the Processor with an Intel BX80623I52400 i5-2400 Intel® Core i5 2400 - 3.10GHz Quad Core, Socket 1155, 6MB L3, DMI Bus, 32nm, x64, Intel VT, Intel HD Graphics @ 850MHz,
And possibly 6GB DDR3-1333RAM.
Will this be compatible with the existing remains (i.e. HD, CD Writer, Power supply etc.) that remains in the box?
Will I be able to simply plug the existing HD's (SATA 2's) with Windows XP Professional SP3 as my O/S?
Will I benefit from the 64 bit or would I need to buy a new O/S like Windows 7?
Is this in fact a viable option, or should I consider AMD at a lower price? and finally,
What is the minimum Power Supply that would be required?
Many thanks in advance, and looking forward to your expert advise.
Edited by Nikon7, 02 June 2011 - 01:32 AM.