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Building second rig... with old HDD/power/case?


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#1 Flatley

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 03:59 PM

I've been kicking around the idea of building a new tower to replace the one I put together in 2005. For all intents and purposes, the current computer "runs" well enough (Microsoft office tools, legacy games that I enjoy playing), but I'm starting to miss out on some titles that I would really like to get under my belt.

Anyway, enough with the preamble. My primary questions is: is it possible/advisable for me to use my old HDD, power supply, and case in my Compy 2.0?

My HDD has a SATA 3.0 Gb/s interface, with Windows XP as the OS.

My power supply... actually I guess I didn't buy it from Newegg. But it's about three years old (replaced the one that came with the case a couple years back). I would of course check to see if the power supply would meet the power requirement for the new build. But, speaking fundamentally, have the port formats for power feeds changed at all over the past couple of years?

My case works. It's a box, with fans, and all that. I would be stunned if I had to replace this, too, but I tossed it out for bleeps and giggles. Naturally, I'd check dimensions, to make sure everything will fit inside.

Thanks in advance for your guidance.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 04:33 PM

yes its possible

you want to transplant your Hard drive with a new motherboard please make sure the Windows Xp is retail not OEM OEM ties the motherboard which not going to work.

There is no upgrade path From Windows xp to Window 7 (any verison) you would need to perform a clean install of windows 7. If your going to upgrade your current configurations/ with windows 7. I recommend downloading http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads/upgrade-advisor Windows 7 Upgrade advisor.

Please post a speccy report by http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792

what is the purpose of this rig and your budget

not really on the power supply hasn't change much only newer connectors like PCI-E connectors for GPU. Most motherboards come with 4-8 USB ports and you have case headers (USB too)

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 04:50 PM

Damn, my copy of Windows is, I *think*, OEM. Well, the copy I purchased was, anyway. If my hazy memory serves me well, I believe I may have used a surplus copy sent to a company. But I would expect that to also be OEM.

(Supplemental question: assuming I can't use the current OS, is there any way I can use the HDD for file storage in the new configuration without formatting the drive?)

The purpose of my new build will be to facilitate a casual-to-intermediate level of gaming. Games to include Civ V (don't judge), Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, and the like. I don't have a budget set, but would like to keep it relatively affordable (excluding OS, maybe around $750 or so). I wouldn't mind a build that allows/assumes for component upgrades over the next 12 months or so, either. Even so, I'd like to play these games with reasonably good performance from the get-go. Diablo 3 will likely be played later than Civ V.

I'm not on my PC at the moment, so I'll have to speccy later.

Thinking aloud: if I can't use my current version of Windows, how much cost savings do I even experience by retaining these components? For sake of ease, I'd rather retain use of my current PC and build a second one from scratch, so that I could preserve my current gaming platform for yesteryear.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 05:21 PM

Yes your can use your HDD as storage you just need another boot able device such as a HDD. If it SATA you dont have to change the configurations if its a IDE HDD you would have to change the HDD to slave.

Most drives are SATA

well my gaming rig is mid-range its a AMD system

If you upgrading your OS to Window 7 please use the Advisor tool.

You can retain any component you want you just need it to be compatibly with the new rig on the motherboard


I have this setup http://speccy.piriform.com/results/tW7tzYPnNTGqRkkWoETmWvP

but my first built I have a old motherboard with 450PSU and a standard case I change out the PSU than the case than Motherboard/cpu/memory. I use my old GPU until it died than I use 430 GT and finally I brought a GTX 550ti

My system has the compatibly to future upgrades

I hope this help you.

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