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G580 ram upgrade questions

Q: G580 ram upgrade questions

Hello! I have a G580 (2189) with an i7-3632QM processor. I currently have 8gb of RAM and after running wmic MEMORYCHIP, I realize I have 2 slots with 4gb in each. I'm now interested in changing them for 16 (2x8)gb and is aiming for some affordable Crucial memory. I have found a kit called: CT2KIT102464BF160B and from what I can find, this seems to fit my computer. Can anyone confirm that? It would be great. And just out of curiosity, are there any 16gb memories available for DDR3L? Since it seems like my processor can handle 32gb but I only have two slots, I would need 16gb in each. Thank's in advance.

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Buenas, tengo un portatil lenovo g580 modelo 2189 con 4gb de ram, necesito aumentar la ram por temas del trabajo de fin de carrera, y no se cuantas ranuras tiene, cuanto es lo maximo que puedo introducirle en gb, y la velocidad maxima que puede tener la tarjeta ram. Muchas gracias

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Hello I have this product :
G580 Laptop (Lenovo) - Machine Type 2689

Serial Number  *
Machine Type Model   59373343

with CPU B2960 @ 2.2 GHZ intel pentium , 
I need to upgrade my cpu to Core I3 or Cor I5 What is the models I can replace my cpu to it ?
and How I can Buy it from lenovo and How Much .
Thank you .
Moderator edit by bananaman: Masked serial number to prevent mischief.
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.



A:G580 - Upgrade My CPU

Hi ragabm76 , 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
For your  LenovoG580GRBRTXB9604G320R8ESA Machine Type - Model 59373343  Machine Type 2689 :
Intel B960 2.20G 2M 35W SNB PGA CPUSocket : FCPGA988, PGA988 SYSTEM BOARDS: LG58 MB W8 UMA HM76 W/BT/HDMI WO/3G Core chipset: Intel HM76
Based on the psref Machine Type 2689 :  
recommended upgrade : 
Intel® Core? i3-2370M processor (2 cores / 4 threads, 2.40GHz, 3MB cache),
Lenovo part number : 
102500228  Intel I3-2370M 2.4G J1 3M 2cPGA Processor  checking on Lenovo encompass costing 562.31 
Not sure if generic CPU would be accepted by the BIOS since OEM systemboards have specific OEM FRU considered for compatibility even if the chipset would enlist compatible CPU .
Related discussion here . 
Hope this help answer your query. 

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HiI have Lenovo G580(59337073) with Celeron it possible to upgrade the CPU to Intel core i3(i5) 3rd generation(Ivy Bridge)? thx 

A:Lenovo G580 CPU upgrade

Welcome to the community.
Please find below the supported Processor of your system, you can use any one of them.
3rd generation Intel Core i5-3210M 2nd generation Intel Core i3-2370M Intel Celeron B820 (1.60GHz, 2MB) 

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So I bought a new CPU for my old G580 laptop. I wanted to upgrade from the B960 it has right now (it's the 20150 model). The new CPU is a i5-3320M as it's listed as a compatible part on both the downloadable PDF and the PartsLookup website (I checked with my serial number as well). I changed the CPU, installed thermal paste, everything, but to no avail. Won't even enter BIOS. The "on" LED flashes for 10 seconds, then it shuts down. Installed the old CPU again - it boots without problems. New CPU again - no BIOS, nothing. I have updated my BIOS to the latest possible version (version 5ECN96WW (V9.01), as the newer version shows a "Error 255 - TDK Library Initialization Failed". I just don't know what to do anymore. Could be a faulty CPU, but I doubt it. The only difference is that the old CPU is Sandy Bridge, and the new is Ivy Bridge. But it's shown as "compatible" with the laptop everywhere. It's a shame really...

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Hi all!I have an older G580 laptop. It came with a B950 CPU and i wanted to upgrade the CPU.I studied the Hardware Maintenance manual for the supported CPU's.On page 101 it says (amongst others):Intel SNB I3-2350M 2.3G 3M J1 PGA Processor.I found one like that cheap and i bought it.I installed it succesfully, but it does not work correctly.Although it has 4 threads, any software or test only detects 2 cores, 2 threads. It seems that hyperthreading does not work.Laptop model is G580  model name 20157BIOS is the latest i could found, version 62CN97WWOthers reported the same problem and solved it by BIOS update, but i cannot find any newer BIOS than this one.Please help me.  

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Hello guys, i just bought a lenovo g580, and i am not happy with the fps I am getting. I want to play Counter Strike Global offensive.I want to ask what parts can i change on my laptop so i can get a bit better fps?So my parts are: i7 2620m witch is dual core with 4 threads on 2.7 ghz turbo boostIt also has 1x2gb ram and 1x4gb ram.Video is GForce 630m and 1 tb hard drive.CPU Socket is 988B rPGAI know I can upgrade ram and get an SSD . But can I change the processor and the video card? And also is it worth getting anymore than the 6 gb of RAM.Thank you. 

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Hello, I'm currently running a I3 3120M on my G580, model 20150. My question is whether if I can upgrade my CPU to a I7 3612QM, the G2 socket model, and how much will battery life be affected by the I7? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:G580 CPU Upgrade to I7 3612QM Possible?

Welcome To Lenovo Community
As per the technical specification link you can upgrade to 3rd generation Intel® Core? i7-3520M
 Battery backup will not be having much difference
Do give this a try and let us know  
Hope This Helps

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Hello, I have an Lenovo G580 Celeron Dual core 1,8 Ghz, 2Gb DDR3, the pocessor is B830 I think.My question is what kind of processor should I upgrade from i3 series or i5 series?I have a list with a lot of models with socket G2 but I'm not sure if all are suitable.This is the list: Can anybody help me? Thanks,

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Essentially I'm trying to figure out the best way to get to *cough*legal*cough* Ultimate, or at least Professional if that gets too expensive. I soooo do not trust what I'm running right now, but I wanted to try it out-- And I love 7. I do own a copy of both XP MCE SP2, and Vista.

Could I ever get a clean install from purchasing this "Anytime Upgrade" deal? I keep reading it's just a download- but of what? A disc image? Or just an installer? Or just some sort of key generator to "unlock higher versions" (as one person speculated)?

Or must I buy an "Upgrade Version?"

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

[And btw Hi I'm new here blah blah blah LOVE THE SITE! ]

A:Anytime Upgrade vs Upgrade questions...

I think this should answer your question.
If I'm reading you right.
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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1) If I put Win 10 on a full partition or as a dual boot can I go back at anytime [single Win7 partition]?
2) I'm planning to create Win 7, Win 10 dual boot on this laptop.Currently, Win 7 Ultimate, 64 bit, on a Del Precision M6300; disk 700GB with 121GB filled.
Have Win 10 ISO on DVD. ISO created by Microsoft.

I have an AOMEI Bckupper System & file image on a remote drive.
After I run the ISO my drive will be repartioned as a dual boot machine.
I presume my next step is to run the ISO file; correct?
After, how to I restore the Win7 backup to one of the partitions?

A:upgrade questions

Please read this tutorial on how to dual boot Win7/8 with Win 10

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Hi all,

I got a HP Pavilion Media Center m7334n running XP. It does not start up at all. All I get is beeps. I've reset the ram and still beeps. So I'm wondering what hard drives would be compatible so I can upgrade to Windows 7 or 8

Cliff Notes -
HP Pavilion Media Center m7334n running XP
Motherboard is A8AE-LE

Looking for a compatible HD so I can update windows to a newer version and start fresh.

A:Looking for a upgrade...have questions.

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I'm trying to get familiar with how this forum is set up. I have spent the most time over on CNET which has been simple. Anyway, regarding 10 OS; We have 3 computers;all WIN 7 consists of 2 laptops. My question on changes; I use my one laptop hooked up to the t v with HDMI cable. I have used it for playing movies which would affect me with media player. I have noted one person using VLC and I have also heard of GOM player. My question is if I upgrade or when I will have to replace the laptop with a 10. will HDMI streaming still work the same? I use streaming more than using media player for running movies. So that means I go to youtube. The volume quit working so I just use the add on speakers I use hooked into the laptop. Everyone knows laptop speakers aren't very good for volume so I created a workable situation by just relying on the extra speakers hooked into the laptop rather than the volume on the t v itself when I am streaming from the computer to the t v. The speakers I have for the laptop really have better quality sound than the t v.

A:Upgrade questions

If the system is connected via an HDMI cable and your PC will support Windows 10 drivers, it should all still work without an issue.

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Hello all.

I want to upgrade my computer for tax returns. Here's my current specs:

Antec 900 case (original version) w/ Seasonic 620W Modular PSU
AM3+ socket Asus M5A99X Evo motherboard ($150 mobo)
AMD Athlon II X2 3.0ghz Regor
4GB G. Skill dual channel memory (2x2gb)
XFX Radeon HD 5770
500GB Caviar HD

I want to buy this CPU: - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX

1) I think i'll be happy with this, but since I already have an am3+ motherboard, should I just go with an am3+ cpu. is it worth it (including the extra cost)?

2) I need a heatsink and stuff so I can overclock. What's a good one? I don't want stock. I do plan on overclocking.

What video card should I buy to *MAX OUT* Battlefield 3 with good FPS (over 30) at 1080p?

Once we figure these couple of things out I can decide what else to upgrade. But right now these are my two concerns and I don't know how much either will cost.

Thanks for the help all.

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HD7970 3GB for the card
But you will probably be CPU bottlenecked with that 1055T

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Hi guys, I'm new here, got a question for you

I downloaded an updated version of my mcafee virusscan plus, with firewall etc etc..

I discovered a problem with the mcafee and I contacted mcafee directly they advised that I needed to have XP SP2 installed for it to work correctly? I checked my version and it seems I have SP1 installed on my PC, before I remedied the problem, which I have instructions for from them.

My question for you guys is, that on checking what updates were available for my PC, a window came up saying:

Welcome to the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Setup Wizard

Before you install this update we recommend you:

-back up your system
-close all open programmes

To continue, you may have to restart your system .... etc etc.

I am slightly worried about this whole back up thing because there is another problem with my PC, my CD rom has totally died on me, and has been like this for quite some time, so I can't reinstall any programmes if I need to using CDs It just won't open, and its basically falling to bits!

What I'm worried about is if I go ahead and install the SP2 package will it wipe things from my PC? Such as drivers, programmes etc? I'm worried about losing my net connection altogether if it deletes the modem drives etc as I wont be able to reinstall it using the CD rom from the ISP

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A:XP SP1 upgrade to SP2 questions?

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As I can't use links I've used the ebuyerDOTcom quickfind codes

I'm planning to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional, from Vista Windows 7 Ultimate (Not literally upgrade, I know I couldn't do that from Ultimate to Professinoal) and a Radeon HD 5770 from a NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT sometime soon and I was wondering if there was anything else I should consider to update while I'm at it.
If they don't really need to be updated and should be fine left how they are I'll leave it. Its just that I read the PSU is rubbish and I think the CPU is 4/5 years old now? So thought it might be time to upgrade.

Motherboard - Asus M2N-E SLI
PSU - EZCool ATX-650JSP 650 Watt
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 x2

My main concern is the PSU, would something like this 141006 be a good replacement?

Wasn't sure with the Motherboard and CPU. If it would fit would 186428 be a good replacement for my CPU?

PC is used for general use, Gaming, Photoshop. I'd like to try things like Streaming and using Valves Hammer Editor and other things like it so if it could handle tthose it would be nice.

As a for a budget, around the same price as the items I linked.


A:Upgrade questions

Your links didn't work. What speed is your current CPU, how much ram do you have?

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Hi. I'm currently running Win 7 Build 7100.

I plan on purchasing Home Premium. My computer was originally running Vista Basic. I did a clean install of the beta (no partition, Vista is gone). Can I purchase the upgrade copy or do I need to purchase the copy for new computers? Will I need to put Vista Basic back on my computer if I want to use an upgrade copy? If I can upgrade directly from the beta, is it best to do a clean install? I'm a little confused as to how this process is going to work.


A:Upgrade questions

You may not get a clear answer on this until the upgrade versions are on the street. Microsoft has not, as far as I know, published a complete list of requirements.

The safest assumption is you will have to re-install Vista, and activate it, before you can proceed with an upgrade license of Win7.

If you haven't deleted windows.old, you can restore the old OS from it:

How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder

It may be possible to upgrade from the RC (I suppose you mean that, as the Beta has expired). It would require making a modified version of the install DVD that changes version checking.

Engineering Windows 7 : Delivering a quality upgrade experience

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i have some question about upgrade ..

1- can i upgrade from x32 to x64 and also from x64 to 32 ?
2- can i upgrade from vista x32 to windows 7 x64 ans also from vista x64 to wondows 7 x32 ?

A:Questions about upgrade ..

No to all your questions. Only clean installs

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I am upgrading the ram on my mother's laptop from 2Gb to 4GB (Corsair). Currently the OS is Vista x86 HP. I know I must upgrade the OS to x64 to make full use of the new ram, but the question is whether Vista or 7. If it was mine, I would say 7, but it isn't. I have Technet so getting a license is not a problem.

She requests the following: Windows Mail and Office 2003 (she really hates the Office 2007 ribbon). She seems resistant to use Outlook or Windows Live Mail. So, if I can get the two above applications to work on 7, I'll do it, otherwise, I'll put Vista back.

I know that there is a tutorial for installing Windows Mail on 7, but does WM really work on 7? No bugs.

And I do not know for sure if Office 2003 is compatible with 7. I'll check this soon.

I am asking for opinions on how I should proceed.

The Laptop: HP Pavilion dv9650us

A:Upgrade Questions

Well the CPU does support 64 bit instruction, even though the frequency on it is a bit low. If ever choosing between the two I would go with win7.

...I'm a formerly jilted vista user though, so take that with a grain of salt I suppose.
Might not hurt to check on driver availability to help in the choice too.

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I presently have a T61 (for wife) with a 100GB Hitachi along with another T61 (for me) with a 500GB Seagate - both running WinXP (SP3). On the wife's machine  -  my plan is to install a Samsung 830 128GB SSD, then do a clean install of Win 7 64 bit.  The drive is SATA 3, but without doing a Middleton BIOS update, I'd be held to SATA 1 speed to the best of my knowledge. Will Lenovo ever develop T61 BIOS updates that will work in the Win 64 bit arena and open up SATA 2/3 speeds? I could do the Middleton update in the present WinXP (32) configuration - then do the above upgrade. Is there any downside to doing a Middleton BIOS update with regard to future T61 BIOS support from Lenovo? Are there any other concerns I may not have mentioned ?  Do I appear to be on the right course of action to maximize my T61 performance for a couple years ? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide ! >Brad B

A:T61 Win 7 (64) with SSD upgrade questions

I presently have a T61 (for wife) with a 100GB Hitachi along with another T61 (for me) with a 500GB Seagate - both running WinXP (SP3). On the wife's machine  -  my plan is to install a Samsung 830 128GB SSD, then do a clean install of Win 7 64 bit.  The drive is SATA 3, but without doing a Middleton BIOS update, I'd be held to SATA 1 speed to the best of my knowledge. Will Lenovo ever develop T61 BIOS updates that will work in the Win 64 bit arena and open up SATA 2/3 speeds? I could do the Middleton update in the present WinXP (32) configuration - then do the above upgrade. Is there any downside to doing a Middleton BIOS update with regard to future T61 BIOS support from Lenovo? Are there any other concerns I may not have mentioned ?  Do I appear to be on the right course of action to maximize my T61 performance for a couple years ? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide ! >Brad B

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Hello i've got some upgrading questions. I have a recently bought Acer Aspire T135 and i've copied down some of the relevant system specs here:

CPU: AMD Sempron, 2000 MHz (10 x 200) 3300+

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-K8VM800M (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN)

Onboard Graphics Controller: VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP

Memory: Corsair VS512MB400 PC3200 (200 MHz) 512 MB

Now i've recently obtained about $240 From a summer job and christmas gifts(not all of my relatives have chimed in yet on the gifts so there might be more). I'm thinking to spend the money on a better video card and 1 GB of RAM so that i will have a total of 1.5 GB.

As for video card i'm thinking something from the Nvidia 6 or 7 series, maybe the 7600 GS?

Any Suggestions?

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Ive been doing some research and can't seem to find a clear cut answer to some things, so I decided why not ask people who own vista platforms.

Im currently running windows Vista 32bit home premium on a compaq presario F762NR The max memory I was told that I could install was 3gb ( oddly HP's online manual told me 2gb) I want to take full advantage of the dual channel capability on my laptop but can't if one slot is 2b and the other is 1gb, is it possible to just run to sticks of 2gb?

My second question is about harddrives, Mine came with 120gigs but I want to upgrade. I was told that I could only go as high as 160gigs, is this true? and once I do upgrade the harddrive do I have to format the new one, and how would I go about doing that, Mine didn't come with recovery disks but Ive made some from the software provided with the laptop.

Any help would be appreciated and Thank you in advanced.

A:Upgrade Questions

Hi FuzzRacer and welcome to Vista Forums

Answering your questions in order:
Firstly, memory. Your computer has a 32-bit version of Vista installed. 32-bit versions can only address a total of 4GB of memory. This includes addresses that are mapped into this space by I/O devices and other hardware. As a result, the maximum amount of physical memory that can be accessed is usually between 3 and 3.5GB dependant on the hardware. If you wish to make use of dual channel mode (assuming that it is supported), I would go for 2 sticks of 1GB capacity. That should be sufficient for a 32-bit version of Vista.
Secondly, hard drives. Although Vista can utilise high capacity drives natively, they need to be supported by your BIOS. There is also a limitation as to how big a hard drive you can get in a 2.5" format without exceeding the recommended power consumption. The recovery software should be able to format the drive automatically if required. Alternatively, you can install a retail version of Vista, either full or upgrade - see the following Tutorials: Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista or Clean Install From Upgrade Vista. If you choose that route, you should download and save to a CD/DVD the necessary drivers (see links below). Note that both 32-bit and 64-bit drivers are available, so you could take the opportunity to upgrade to 64-bit and 4GB of RAM.
32-bit: Select software and drivers*
64-bit: Select software and drivers*

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Hey everyone, i am looking to upgrade my computer so i can meet the requirements of new games comming out. I have chosen hardware i plan to buy but i am not sure if i should go the vista route. I have read that Vista isnt worth buying, but i know that you need it to run DX 10 for the newer video cards, ( atleast i think so) i haven't been able to keep my self updated enough cause i have a 2 year old and i work alot. I just looking for some opinions. I'll include what i plan on buying hardware wise to see if anyone thinks it should be pretty well off for future games with the possible high requirements. I dont need everything like case and what not

Processor Model
Brand Intel
Processors Type Desktop
Series Core 2 Quad
Model BX80569Q9550
CPU Socket Type
CPU Socket Type LGA 775
Tech Spec
Core Yorkfield
Multi-Core -Quad-Core
Name -Core 2 Quad Q9550
Operating Frequency 2.83GHz
FSB 1333MHz
L2 Cache 12MB
Manufacturing Tech 45 nm
64 bit Support Yes
Virtualization Technology Support Yes
Multimedia Instruction MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4, EM64T
Voltage 0.85V – 1.3625V
Thermal Power 95W
Cooling Device Heatsink and Fan included

Video Card
XFX GS250XZDFC GeForce GTS 250 1GB Core Edition 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

Brand ASUS
Model P5QC
Supported CPU
CPU Socket Type LGA 775
CPU Type Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
FSB 1600/1333MHz
North Bridge Intel P45
South Bridge Intel ICH10R
Number of M... Read more

A:Upgrade Questions

hi just a thought you could get a copy of win7rc which will last untill next summer which will give you time to decide what you want to do and will be released as a retail product by then so 1year of free os and time to decide to boot

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G'day all, this is my first post, so be gentile.

I'm considering upgrading my RAM and so have some questions.
I have 128M with pentium III 700MHz and running Japanese Windows ME in a 2000 model NEC laptop. Have reduced startup menu and custonised AV software to minimise resource consumption. System runs ok but tends to stress out when running several programs simultaneously or after being on for long time. I've read that extra RAM is the single most effective performance enhancement for the money.

Would extra RAM give a significant improvement ?

Can windows ME actually effectively manage extra RAM ?
Thought I heard somewhere that too much RAM is a waste since windows couldn't really utilise it.

Since my pc is Japanese I can't find it's model in Crucial or Kingston and the Crucial "scan" didn't work either !

Have a good one

A:RAM upgrade questions

Would extra RAM give a significant improvement ?Click to expand...

yes it sure as hell would! you'll notice the hugest leap in performance to 256 MB, which should cut it. i reccomend you get another 128 MB stick. 512 MB is probably the limit of your board (as is most PIII chipsets).

System runs ok but tends to stress out when running several programs simultaneously or after being on for long time.Click to expand...

windows me is in the same boat as 95/98 when it comes to reliability. windows me cannot stay on for long periods of time on account of chronic problems the kernel suffers, such as chronic memory 'leakage' and gdi discrepencies. if your fsb and ram are both running at 133 MHz, then windows xp could be run great on your computer (if you add at least 128 mb of ram). windows xp is solid nt-based stuff and can stay on for very long periods of time, and it runs the computer more efficiently for multitasking.

the bottom line is: get yourself another 128 MB stick of ram and a copy of windows xp.

what chipset do you have?

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Here are my specs:
Intel C2D 2.8GHz
Mobo Intel DG31PR
1x250gb seagate HDD
1x1TB seagate HDD

I want to upgrade to HD 7770 for gaming purposes
Q.1.)Can a Antec VP450W handle the card smoothly?
Q.2.)Is the HD 7770 worth the extra buck or should I settle for HD 7750?
Q.3)How much difference does the brand make I am thinking between saphire and asus (I heard negative things about gigabyte & xfx).
Q.4)Asus card mentions it is factory overclocked how much difference in performance does that make?


A:A few questions for GPU upgrade

1. Yes, it should be fine
2. Depends on what the price difference is
3. There's no difference except the warranty period, I wouldn't pay a premium for a "better" brand
4. Don't get a factory overclocked card unless it's the same price as a stock one, you can easily overclock the stock cards yourself.

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So the computer I built a year and a half ago (running a bootleged copy of XP SP 2 I got from a friend :-\) got some horrible virus.

I have decided that now would be a good time to (legally) upgrade to vista. My questions and concerns are as follows:

I think I've narrowed it down to Vista Home Premium with SP1, but should I get OEM or retail? What is the difference between the 2? After a little time looking it up, I couldn't come to any real conclusions about the benefits of either one.

Upgrade vs Full? What do I need to have in order to just get the upgrade?

32 bit vs. 64 bit? I have the processor for it, but from what i've read, the 64-bit vista seems like a pain...

And for more of a final question, would I be able to install this version of vista?

Any help would be appreciated!

A:Considering an upgrade, have questions!

I'd wait for windows 7 to be released rather than waste money on vista.

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My PC is running Win 7 Home Premium (64 bit).

I've been battling some redirect viruses, and malware.

In the process of removing these other problems have popped up --
1. Programs in start menu empty, cannot open them.
2 Downloading programs for my school work are incomplete and will not open.

I think my only option is to reinstall , but I would like to upgrade to Pro.

If I understand correctly, if I do the online upgrade, the os will be new(fully funtional), but the viruses might still be there.

I plan on purchasing the backup disc to do a clean install if necessary.

Also, I plan on building a new PC later this year, can I use the backup disc and purchase a new key?

A:Upgrade questions

Is this preinstalled Win7 or retail - OEM, Upgrade or full?

If preinstalled I'd run full Factory Recovery or clean reinstall using the Product Key on COA sticker. Reinstalling Windows 7

You can then Anytime Upgrade to Pro and save a WIn7 backup image to use in place of reinstalls going forward.

If retail, you can do the same or buy/install Pro version and save your Home Premium license for use on another machine.

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Hello all,

OK i have a ADVENT T12 computer and i want to MAX the Specs for it but would like to know 5 of the best Processors that would fit onto the motherboard. also i have a BELKIN N1 Wireless Desktop Card would it be better to use that or the bilt in one i have?

I already know that it can take upto 4GB ram (4x 1GB). I would just like to confirm that im right about what RAM to get... Is it DDR 184pin PC3200 ?

Specs at the moment are :

CPU- Intel Pentium 4 3.4E GHz HT (Prescott)

BIOS- Phoenix-Award BIOS.

Motherboard- MSI 7091

Memory- 2GB DDR RAM - (4x 512MB - PC3200)

Hard Drive- 250GB WD2500JD Western Digital 7200RPM SATA

CD Drive- Pioneer DVR-108DB DVDRW

Video Card- nVIDIA GeForce 6200 TurboCache(TM) (512 MB) PCI-Express

Sound Card- CMI9880L

Bluetooth- Internal Bluetooth card

Network Card-
VIA Rhine III VT6105
RaLink RT2500 Wireless LAN

Modem- Modem/Analogue/Digital TV tuner CTX918_V2

Ports - Front-
2x USB 2.0
1x Card Reader
1x Headphone
1x Microphone
1x 4-pin Firewire (IEEE 1394) *
1x 6-pin Firewire (IEEE 1394) *
1x Phono (left) in
1x Phono (right) in
1x Composite in
1x S-Video in

Ports - Back-
1x PS/2 Keyboard
1x PS/2 Mouse
1x Serial
1x Parallel
1x Optical audio in
1x Optical audio out
1x S/PDIF Digital Input
1x S/PDIF Digital Output
4x USB 2.0
1x LAN
1x Firewire (IEEE 1394)
6x Audio input/output
1x DVI
1x VGA
1x Modem
1x TV antenna
1x FM radio antenna
1x S-video TV out
1x Composite TV out
1x SCART TV-out

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Hello all...

Following some advice I had from another thread I am just about to upgrade my PC with these parts and was wondering if these parts will go well together and work?

Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L iG31 Socket 775 onboard VGA 7.1 channel audio mATX Motherboard - Ebuyer

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66GHz Socket 775 1333FSB 4MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor - Ebuyer

Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Kit CL5 1.8v - Ebuyer

Western Digital WD5001AALS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM Caviar Black - Ebuyer

And I was also thinking about getting this case:
Envizage LC727-03 2 Bay Black Micro ATX PC Case 500W | Envizage | Buy Online Now!

if you have any other suggestions they will be gratefully received

A:Upgrade questions

Quote: Originally Posted by burtie

Hello all...

Following some advice I had from another thread I am just about to upgrade my PC with these parts and was wondering if these parts will go well together and work?

Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L iG31 Socket 775 onboard VGA 7.1 channel audio mATX Motherboard - Ebuyer

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66GHz Socket 775 1333FSB 4MB L2 Cache Retail Boxed Processor - Ebuyer

Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory Kit CL5 1.8v - Ebuyer

Western Digital WD5001AALS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM Caviar Black - Ebuyer

And I was also thinking about getting this case:
Envizage LC727-03 2 Bay Black Micro ATX PC Case 500W | Envizage | Buy Online Now!

if you have any other suggestions they will be gratefully received

do you have a video card to use with this? if not i would look at getting one. you will not really want to use the on board video. i would suggest that you go with a mid tower for better air flow. 500 watt psu should be fine.

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I've always had issues with my current mobo but as evga said It would take about 2 months to RMA it and if it works for what I need it works then right? Well lately it's just sort of been going down and down and down, having alot of troubles with it and I'm just sort of tired of it so my plans are basically as follows.

Replace my evga 680i motherboard with,

Since day 1 it's had problems but I just decided to keep it since when I talked to the people at evga they said it was nothing that would really affect much and it would take about 2 months to RMA it which I wasn't to happy with....I don't really need to SLI since I'm not a big gamer, I'll play one every once and awhile but thats about it.

I currently have a 8800gs in my pc which does get the job done but I was thinking about going up to a 9800gt for the heck of it,
Anything else I should think of upgrading? Everything else works fine and I don't really see the need for having a bunch of good working parts laying around the house.

Forgot to add, I've been wanting this UPS for awhile since my power is so freaking unstable lately

Today I plan on ordering the mobo and the UPS then next month get the 9800gt... Read more

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Hi, I'm considering upgrading to a 64-bit version of Windows Vista. I'm looking at upgrading to the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Basic.

I'm currently using Windows XP Home 32-bit. I have an AMD64 processor, so I know my processor can operate with a 64-bit OS, but the information on the Microsoft help articles is a little unclear.

It tells me that I can only upgrade to a 64-bit version of Vista if I already have a 64-bit OS. I don't quite understand this. If I don't have a 64-bit OS already, how would I ever get one? Is this saying I would have to buy a full version and not just an upgrade version or does this mean if I simply format my drive first I can upgrade?

I have already used the Windows Upgrade Advisor and it tells me there are no problems with my system upgrading to Vista, but I'm not sure if its referring to 32-bit versions or to the 64-bit version.

Thanks for the help.

A:Upgrade Questions

It is confusing, I agree. But it sounds like you said, in order to "upgrade"
to 64 bit you must have a 64bit os already installed, such as xp 64.
I guess. You can save money buying a full version oem. Go to full version oem is like $120.00, something like that.
Cheaper than retail.

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Hi, I have two question regarding my laptop upgrade. I use it for web surfing, movies, some excel/word work etc..mostly regular basis. 1) I saw that my RAM can be upgraded to 8GB. Currently I have 4RAM working on 1333MHz. If I buy 2x4GB 1600MHz will it work on this laptop, I went in BIOS and didn't see that I can change ram speed anywhere nor did I see how much can this laptop support, hence should I buy 1x4GB 1333MHz instead if it can't support 1600MHz. 2) Can I upgrade my HDD 700GB Seagate 5400rpm SATA II 3.0Gb/s with Samsung 850EVO 250GB SSD? I know that SATA III drives are backwards compatible meaning can work on SATA II but is it worth it, how much speed will I use if my laptop doesn't support SATA III.  Laptop product number: B4E42EAChipset: AMD A70M FCHCPU: Upgraded from A6 4460M to A10 4600M Thanks!

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A:SSD and RAM upgrade questions

It will not run at 1600 mhz so just buy another 4 gigs of DDR3-1333 memory. The SSD is the best upgrade you can do. Definitely worth it. The SATA-III SSD will operate just fine on a SATA-II bus. There is very little difference in actual operation. 

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I just reserved my copy of Win 10, dunno when I will get it. I intend to do an upgrade via update, unless there is a reason I shouldn't. I really do not want to go through the hassle of a clean install.
first question is what happens with the EFI, Restore Tools and Restore Image partitions that are currently on my boot drive, which were put there by Windows. Do they get updated, do I get even more "extra" partitions, or what. Similarly, will I end up with any useless partitions (e.g. the Restore Image partition) that I can destroy afterwards.
2nd question is what should I enable or disable, run or avoid running prior to updating? I already intend to disable Secure Boot and un-install Norton Security Suite before I start the upgrade - will re-enable Secure Boot afterwards and install latest version of Norton afterwards. I have also seen it suggested to run Windows Repair, before upgrading -but I have zero experience with that program. I already have a recent backup image of my OS in case things go very wrong.
3rd question is about System Restore. I am thinking of just disabling it before upgrading, since I don't know what would happen if I try to restore to a 8.1 restore point from 10. Is there a reason to leave it on?
Probably have more questions later, but this is all for now.

A:Upgrade 8.1 to 10 questions

I can't answer all your questions, but I left restore on in W7 and update worked, I don't think your old restore points would be carried over.
I turned off all my security software, some say uninstall them but turning them off worked for me.

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I'm seriously considering upgrading from 7 to 8, but before I do I wanted to ask a few questions.

Can I somehow center the taskbar items like I can with custom themes on W7?Does the Adobe CS6 work fine?Will Office 2010 work perfectly on there?Will Restorator 2007 work for when I want to further customize my system by editing the DLL's?Do you know the status of compatability of any of the following programs: VMWare Workstation, Steam games, iTunes, Norton Ghost, FileZilla, WinRAR.

A:Questions before I upgrade

Hello Lloyd,

Here's what I know for these.

Q1) Yes. It's the same. Taskbar - Center Icons - Windows 7 Forums

Q2) Adobe CS6 shows it supports Windows 8. FAQ | Adobe Creative Suite 6

Q3) Yes.

Q4) WinRAR shows it supports Windows 8. WinRAR download and support: Start

The link below is helpful to look up any others to see if they may be compatible.

Windows Compatibility Center: Find Updates, Drivers, & Downloads for Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows 7

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I have a Dell Inspirion 5100, recently I replaced the 30GB hard drive with an 80GB hard drive and it works well, but I was wondering if I should upgrade the RAM which right now is 256MB, and the processor which is a Pentium 4 2.66GHz. Thanks for the help.

A:Upgrade Questions

If you're using XP or 2K, going to 512MB of RAM will make you very happy. 256MB of RAM was never enough for XP. 512 for home and office work is about perfect.

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I was running the win 7 rc and installed win 7 but using the student version with the iso from digital river. I want to ripe the machine and start clean. If i use the same license after I wipe the pc clean and boot from the iso will this work or will I have to buy the license again?

A:Win 7 upgrade questions

You do not need to buy another license. If Method 1 in this article does not work use Method 3.

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i have a Dell Dimension 4300 Series, it has a P4 1.5Ghz and 256MB of ram, i am running Windows XP Professional, and i have a Geforce 3.
I want the upcoming AIW 9800 Pro, two sticks of 512MB, and atleast a P4 2.8Ghz. I need help with the processor, i dont know what motherboard i have, and i want to be sure i can find a processor that will be compatible with the rest of my system. i'll be getting the ram sticks from but i am confused about the processor. basically i want to be able to run Doom 3 and Half Life 2. Please help...what do i need to do.

A:UPGRADE questions - please help!!

PS---okay i just found out that my Motherboard Chipset is an Intel Brookdale i845. what does that mean?? i have no clue...what now???

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I am not sure if I am posting this in the correct forum so feel free to move if needed!

I know I need more memory, I ran belarc but what I am wondering is if someone can take a look and tell me what kind of memory I can buy at a place like office depot or whoever else has a good sale in the town that I live? When I clicked the buy more link next to memory at the belarc site I couldnt make heads or tails of it, too many choices and different kinds!

What else should I upgrade?
Please remember laymans terms, thats what hung me up at the
belarc site lol.

Operating System System Model
Windows 98 SE (build 4.10.2222) Gateway
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
450 megahertz Intel Pentium II
32 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache

Board: Intel Corporation WS440BX AA744110-205A
Serial Number: ISWS00307096
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. 4W4SB0X0.15A.0018.P13 11/03/1999

Drives Memory Modules c,d - Buy More
10.23 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
3.35 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

IDE-CD R/RW 8x4x32 [CD-ROM drive]
Generic floppy disk drive (3.5")

Generic IDE hard disk drive (10.23 GB) -- drive 0 64 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'J6J1' has 64 MB
Slot 'J6J2' is Empty
Slot 'J7J1' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (on drive 0) 10.23 GB 3.35 GB free

I didnt post the entire Belarc report so if you need more info let me know. Thanks Chari ps no laughing please

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I recently preordered Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade. The thing is that i have 2 laptops which i want to install W7 on one is a 32 bit and the other is a 64 bit, both of which have the respective Vista OS on it. Will the UPGRADE versions of W7 ship with both setups for 32 bit and 64 bit?

A:Questions Regarding W7 Upgrade

They're supposed to ship with both the 32-bit and 64-bit media.

However, each key would normally get tied to one machine.

If you're looking for multiple installs, you might want to do the family 3-pack which has 3 home premium upgrades for $150 (or less). It's supposed to be out for a limited time in the fall. Some places are taking pre-orders for that as well.

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Hello! I am currently running ME on an HP system and I'm ready to upgrade to XP. I bought the XP home edition upgrade but I have a few questions before I install it.

1) I've read that whenever possible a clean install should be done. I also read that this could be done using the upgrade software but you need the original disks. Because I have an HP that already came with ME on it, all I have is the HP recovery disks. Will these work as proof that I am eligible for the clean install?

2) I'm running Norton Internet Security 2002 and I've been upgrading online. I understand that I cannot upgrade to Windows XP with this on my computer. I'm going to uninstall it but I was wondering what's the best way to have internet security software on my computer when the upgrade or install to XP is complete. I don't want to be out on the internet looking for software without having protection.

Thanks - bengt75

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I recently did a clean install on a hp running Me. After plunging ahead and loading XP I incurred a number of problems (e.g. my CD rw wouldnt work; come to find out Roxio did not support the upgrade to XP). The upshot is that hp has an upgrade disk for around ten bucks that I thinik would have saved me a lot of grief. Check out the hp website for further info.

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I installed a Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD along side my 1TB mechanical HD, moved the OS to the SSD and kept data on the hard drive, etc. It's all working quite well, but I have a couple of questions:

1. When I did the shrink on the hard drive partition I set it to 240 GB (240x1024 = 245,760,000). I intentionally made it a little smaller than the SSD's 256 GB (256 GB/1024 = 250,000,000) to make sure it would fit. I thought I'd be able to extend the size afterward on the SSD, but neither the Windows 7 Disk Manager nor EaseUS Partition Master see any extra room at the end of the partition. I did include the 100MB system partition at the front end but there should have been a few GB leftover - just curious

2. My motherboard only supports SATA 2. I've read that the benefit of an SSD is mostly the very fast access time, but I'm wondering if there would be some small additional benefit from installing a PCIe SATA 3 card? My mobo supports PCIe 2.0 and the BIOS has a boot from add-in card option.

A:SSD Upgrade questions

Please post a screenshot of your Disk Management window.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
Yeah there should be ~4GB of unallocated space. Post a snip of the disk management.

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Hey guys,

I'm an XP gamer about to upgrade to Windows 7 finally. I got a new video card and another stick of ram. I feel like I've got an adequate system to upgrade now. However, I've got questions before I tear the plastic open... I think can still send it back at this point.

1.) Should I install the 32-bit or 64-bit version? Which will yield the best performance for my system?
2.) Will I see an improvement with my quad core? Will it be noticeable with gaming?
3.) Is all my hardware compatible with Windows 7? Do I have enough memory?
4.) Can 7 be tweaked for gaming the way XP can? (minimal services/visuals/processes etc)
Current setup:

core2quad Q6600 @ 2.8ghz cpu
ASUS v60 heatsink fan
XFX HD 5770 128-bit 1gb ddr5 (927/1300) vcard
MSI g31tm-p21 intel G31 chipset
PNY Optima 3gb dd2 800mhz
Western Digital 150gb 7200 rpm ATA hdd
Maxtor OneTouch 4 500gb external hd
SB Hush series 580w psu (single rail 12v 25a)
ASUS MS226 22" LCD monitor
Win XP Pro 32-bit SP2 (tweaked for gaming)

A:Couple of questions before upgrade

1. Its up to you, the downside of 64bit is drivers, check to be sure there are 64bit drivers available for things like the motherboard, video card, printers, ect.. 32bit drivers will not work. Performance? some say there is an increase, some say none.

2. Not sure

3. Run the windows 7 upgrade advisor\
You never stated how much memory you will have, 2gb minimum is recommended.

4. Services, yes, you need to be specific on the other tweaks.


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Getting a full version of XPpro...friend said I could just run setup...and keep alot of files and thus not have to format...although some programs will have to be make them work. He also said that I could put things like downloaded game patches and such on a cd and use them later...even if I convert the drive to NTFS.

I am sure I will have to get updated drivers for my vid card etc.

If I copy things like my desktop themes...(some came with Win98 Plus) will they still work? Or, will I have to get WinXP Plus?

A:Going to upgrade to XP from 98se...questions.

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I recently was forced to format my hard drive. I just found a box in my cupboard of "junk" that contains MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION UPGRADE

It says "Version 2002" on the box.

Box has never been opened (till now).

It says on the side of the box......

The software will install only if you are a licenced user of one of the following products:
- Microsoft Windows 98
- Windows 98 Second Edition
- Windows Millennium Edition.

Since the copy of xp that I used previously is damaged, I was thinking of using this?

I have an old licenced copy of Windows 98, a licenced copy of Windows 2000 as well.

Would this upgrade work for Windows 2000? Even though it's not mentioned on the side of the box.



A:WINDOWS XP UPGRADE - A few questions

No it will not work for Windows 2000. Upgrades are as good as an original copy. You will get the updates.

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1. Will a standard Matx board fit in my Dell Optiplex case?
- This is the board I'm specifically talking about, upgrading from a Dell Dimension 2400 motherboard.
2. I bought a new video card, an NVIDEA GeForce 8400 GS to be exact, and I need to update the PSU in order for it to work more proficiently and I'm looking at a 350W one but I'm asking how do I know if the PSU will work with everything? I know the wattage is good because i've checked, but I'm just confused about which one exactly I should get.
Like would This work?

A:I want to upgrade my computer so I have some questions

As opposed to the Rosewill PSU, you would be light years better off with this Antec unit: This is the best price I've seen on this PSU this year. But, the price is only good until June 22nd, so you need to move on it quickly.

If what they're saying about 10% off with promo code is true, that comes to about 36 bucks, and that's a steal.

I don't recommend the Rosewill PSU.

I'm still uncertain about the board in your case.

The Newegg "combo offer" on the board looks like a decent deal. The G41 chipset has better onboard graphics than the G31 (GMA 4500)

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Okay, I ran a program (forgot the name) and took a few tests and it says that my Dell Dimension (see specs in meh profile) could have a higher processor speed. So does that mean I can switch my 1.9 GHZ Pentium for possibly a 2.4 GHZ Pentium 4 or something close to that? If I can, that would be pretty cool . Looking forward to an answer.


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I'm looking to upgrade my computer to more efficiently handle some video files that I'm loading from VCR tapes.

I currently have:
ASUS P4B (400MHz FSB & 4X AGP)
512 MB PC133 SDRAM
P-4 1.6 GHz (I assume running @ 400mHZ)

The above items would move into a new case as an overdue upgrade for my kid's P-2 333 MHz....(1997 model)

ASUS P4P800 (800MHz FSB & 8X AGP)...$107.00
512 MB DDR 400...$88.00..only $4.00 more the 512 MB DDR 333
P-4 2.6CG (800MHz)...$182.00..only $10 more that the 2.4 (533 MHz)


Question 1:
I currently have 4 fans in my current case. One in the power supply, one on the processor, and 2 case fans (1 front..1 rear). Will this air movement be sufficient for the new components?

Question 2:
I have roughly 40 hours of VCR footage to yet transfer to DVD. Do you feel it would be worth the extra $88.00 to jump to a GIG of DDR instead of the 512?

Question 3:
Does anyone forsee any potential problems with my reusing my current ATI All-in-Wonder 7500 64MB 4X AGP video card with the new motherboard?

I plan on salvaging my current hard drives and burners. This motherboard does have the option of SATA hard drives...something I might consider down the road.

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Currently, Win7 Pro on new laptop-

I purchased a refurbished Lenovo T530 (replacing a limping 6-7 year old T61), 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM built 2012, Nvidia card, 15.6" FHD (1920x1080) NO TOUCH, Intel Core i5 3320M (2.60GHz). The machine config I wanted is not being produced yet so I'm looking at the T530 as a temporary for a year, maybe 2.

1. Post upgrade process, Win7-->10, ~how much drive storage will still be consumed by Win7 remnants?
2. Would working with 10 w/o a touch screen but any more difficult/cumbersome than working Win7 w/mouse?
3. Does 10 use >, < or ~= the RAM as 7?
4. Are there any huge OS 'use a lot' modules (e.g. file explorer, control panel, system...) with unpleasant surprises in terms of a) not being intuitively located (Win7) or rebuilt necessitating a learning curve?
5. Is 10's speed >,<, or ~= to that of 7 in processing OS tasks?
6. With a primary SSD boot and shutdown times are no longer an issue. Does 10 make same even less an issue?
7. Is 10 significantly better at diagnosing a network or system problem than 7 (which really isn't much of a stretch)?

Well, that's it guys. Your answers will enable me to decide.


A:A few questions for decision to upgrade

If you have an external storage location, such as USB hard drive, why not just make an image of what you have now with Macrium Reflect Free, upgrade to Windows 10 and see if you like it. If you don't like, just restore the image you made. To answer your question:

1. Depends on how much stuff you had installed on Windows 7.
2. No.
3. I would say Windows 10 uses less RAM than Windows 7.
4. Old control panel replaced with "settings" is the biggest change.
5. Windows 10 is faster, in my experience.
6. If fast startup works properly on your computer, Windows 10 will boot faster.
7. No clue.

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Hey guys,

I'm an XP gamer about to upgrade to Windows 7 finally. I got a new video card and another stick of ram. I feel like I've got an adequate system to upgrade now. However, I've got questions before I tear the plastic open... I think can still send it back at this point. ;)

1.) Should I install the 32-bit or 64-bit version? Which will yield the best performance for my system?
2.) Will I see an improvement with my quad core? Will it be noticeable with gaming?
3.) Is all my hardware compatible with Windows 7? Do I have enough memory?
4.) Can 7 be tweaked for gaming the way XP can? (minimal services/visuals/processes etc)

Current setup:

core2quad Q6600 @ 2.8ghz cpu
ASUS v60 heatsink fan
XFX HD 5770 128-bit 1gb ddr5 (927/1300) vcard
MSI g31tm-p21 intel G31 chipset
PNY Optima 3gb dd2 800mhz
Western Digital 150gb 7200 rpm ATA hdd
Maxtor OneTouch 4 500gb external hd
SB Hush series 580w psu (single rail 12v 25a)
ASUS MS226 22" LCD monitor
Win XP Pro 32-bit SP2 (tweaked for gaming)

A:A couple of questions before upgrade

Be known that some older games will not work on windows 7, better have these games checked in windows 7 compatibility check.

Performance in gaming for quad core is only noticeable if the game supports multi-core application.

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Just ordered new mobo (Gigabyte 965 chipset) 6420 CPU, 7900GS vid card and PC240 memory AND new SATA320 gig HD.

Want to boot the system with my old drive 80gig...then install the new SATA and copy everything in the old drive to the SATA using Windows disk management then remove the 80 gig and just use the 320gig...can I do this...

OS is XP Pro with SP1...

A:Doing a total upgrade...questions...

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Hey everyone.

Firstly, I'd like to say that I have read a few topics on these forums on the matter, and I'm still a little bit confused on how the upgrade process is going to work for my situation and would appreciate any advice and help I could get for this strange upgrade process. So I guess I'll start by explaining the situation.

I have a notebook computer that originally shipped with a 32-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium edition, and I still have the OS installation disc that came with the computer. However, since January, I have been running Windows 7 on this computer, and I have the 7100 build (I believe it's the release candidate?) currently installed on this computer right now. It's the one I'm using to write this post on. It's the 32-bit edition, as well.

Very fortunately, I have experienced no problems with the OS and today, I pre-ordered the 32-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade from the site. This is where I start getting really confused. Basically, whenever Windows 7 officially releases, I would very much like to do a clean install of the final version of Windows 7 Home Premium. I don't want to do the "upgrade" process where I keep my old files and install Windows 7 over another OS. I've got almost all of those backed up right now. I would much rather have a nice, clean OS to boot into without having all the 7 RC files or Vista system files hidden away somewhere on the drive.

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A:Windows 7 upgrade questions

as long as you have a activated copy of windows vista or xp already on your hd you can do a clean install

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Hi, So I've got a lenovo H50-50 with an integrated Intel HD 4400 Graphics card installed.... It doesn't run a lot of higher-end games very well at all... So I'm curious as to what freedoms I have to upgrade the graphics card to something that can better handle games (as in, what's compaatable?) I'm not very knowledgable when it comes to computer hardware beyond "graphics card does graphics(etc.)", and that integrated cards aren't really a gread choice for gaming, so if you randombly just blurt out a name of some hardware company model/its stats I might get confused... Thank you for your time.

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Hey all.

Now instead of buying a PCI vid card and more memory, I'm thinking about a new mobo instead (since then I could get an AGP card). Someone told me I could get something called a 'a7v266' for about $40, which sounds like a great price. But I don't know jack about mobo cards, so I have a few questions...

First, do motherboards have to do with RAM? Like do certain mobos only accept SDRAM and others DDR? And, do all mobos come with some sort of integrated graphics? My mobo right now has Intel 810e, so if I take it out I guess I won't have a graphics card thing, and I probably won't be able to buy a good graphics card until a few months after I get the new mobo.

Second, does anyone know anything about the a7v266? I don't need it to be top-notch, just good enough to play Medal of Honor: AA and the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxies. And are there any better mobos that sell for a good price (like 40-60 U.S. dollars)?

Thanks in advance for putting up with my stupidity

A:mobo upgrade questions

New motherboard
Given that you don't have AGP, this would be wise.

Motherboards and certain types of RAM
Yes, certain motherboards only take certain types of RAM. Most nearly any new motherboard you get will take DDR-SDRAM. So your upgrade will involve a new processor, new memory and new mobo all in one.

All motherboards come with integrated graphics
Some do, not all.

The a7v266 is a good enough board, as far as I remember. But you will need a new processor, motherboard and memory. This makes for quite an expensive upgrade but you will notice a big difference. If you are using Windows 2000 or XP you will have to reinstall.

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have 2 500mb dual channel in slots 2 & 4: have 2 1gb to add. should i install the full 3gb or just the 2 1gb. do i have to change the bios settings to 2t, if all 4 slots are used? any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:memory upgrade questions

depends on how much your board can support...specs of the pc would be a great help...

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I am upgrading my wife's computer from Win 98 SE to XP Pro. Will I loose programs? How about Outlook Express? Email? Any advice before I tke the plunge? Haven't opened the box yet. I am assuming that I will not have to reformat or wipe out anything before starting. Running an AMD 800, 40 gig hd.

TIA for any pointers and advice!

A:Solved: Upgrade from 98 SE to XP Pro questions

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I've built a number of pc's but I have never replaced a motherboard with an upgraded board.I was thinking of upgrading my Asus A7N8X-X (standard version) with an Asus A7N8X-X deluxe.To prevent a lot of unforeseen headaches I thought I would ask people what I should watch out for to make a smoother transition.I have a few questions that I wish to ask for homebuilt computers.

1.when I replace the mobo will I need to reinstall windows? I understand that Microsoft takes a snapshot of your hardware at activation.I thought I may run into a problem with Microsoft thinking that I was installing windows on a new pc because of the new mobo.I thought they may want me to buy a new copy of windows or get a new license. you have some suggestions or helpful hints thanks.

A:Motherboard upgrade questions

I don't believe you will have to reinstall windows because the two motherboards are practically identical. You really should have no issues at all. The main difference as I remember was the deluxe is dual channel and the X was not.

I think you will pull it off without a hitch. I am not sure 100%, only about 95%.

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Hi all once again.

On my laptop i have a limited amount of HD space i currently have 37 gb free of a 160 gb drive. After i upgrade to W7 is there any way i can delete my old vista files? and if so where would they be located and is it safe to delete them?

A:Questions about post W7 upgrade

You will find them in the windows.old folder... Yes you may if you wish delete the entire folder... most dol...

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Hey all, I'm looking to add some hardware into my computer(dimension 3000) here to upgrade some of its capabilities. I have an old dell xps t500 that has just been sitting around my room collecting dust. I wanted to pull the hard drive and make it a slave with this computer and maybe use the memory if its compatible. Can anyone direct me to the best possible route to salvage this old comp?

A:Salvage upgrade questions

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Hello friends,

Going to do my first memory upgrade. I've matched my Computer specs to the needed type of memory.

Now for the main question I have,

I was wondering if it's okay to use a 1GB RAM with a 512 MB? The 512 (64/64 DDR DIMM) chip currently running on this PC is speed PC-3200. which is a faster speed then the 1GB 2700 (I found to buy) ... is the speed difference between 3200 and 2700 a big difference? (Would run at the lower speed) :?

The only 1GB DDR 3200 memory is 18 dollars more, and rare :\

Will the different brands, speeds, and amount total of memory clash too much, even if it matches the desktop model to exact?

Memory to buy,

Type: DDR
Size: 1GB
Pin Count: 184
Speed: PC-2700 333Mhz
Registered: No
Voltage: 2.5V
CAS Latency: 2.5
Component Configuration: 128Meg x 64
This item is designed to work with the Compaq HP Presario SR1115CL.

My System Information

Form Factor: DIMM
Maximum Memory: 2048
Memory Comments: PC2700 DDR SDRAM DIMMs
Module Type: PC-2700
Registered: NONE
Standard Memory: 512
System Type: Desktop/Server
Total Memory Slots: 2


A:Memory Upgrade Questions

Which Operating System are you using? XP or Linux.
Do you use this PC for intensive tasks or lite usage such as browsing,word,excel etc
For lite usage 1GB upgrade would suffice & you will not notice any difference.
For heavy use, try to buy PC-3200 stick.
IMO you're better off buying new PC this Christmas.

I would like to hear expert opinions regarding this topic since I'm a noob here.

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I just upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 through the Windows Store app and all seems rosy with it so far. Not a hell of a lot of a difference to be seen, but as support for Win 8 is on a countdown from now on, I thought I'd avail of the free upgrade. Curiously though, if we want to get our hands on a Win 8.1 disk image (.iso) so we can do a clean install rather than just upgrade our existing Win 8 installation, its not free - we are expected to pay the full whack! This means that owners of win8 who've upgraded for free have no other way of doing a fresh install of win8.1 other than re-installing win8 and downloading the free update again through the store app. Is the win8.1 upgrade going to remain in the app store forever? Like many PC users, I like to do a fresh install of the OS from time to time and with all previous versions of Windows, I could do this with just an ISO and my product key for activation. Now, it depends on the online availability of the upgrade in the future - which isn't guaranteed. Any suggestions?

A:A few Windows 8.1 upgrade questions....

When you find your email, you can

Take a look at those posts for more info.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

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Im planning on getting some upgrades:

Athlon 64 3000 -

512 x 2 Ram -

Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro -

Motherboard -

Just wanted to ask if these are all compatible with each other.
I was also wondering if they give a good 'bang per buck' or if there is something better in terms of performance per dollar. I'm also on a slight budget, around 300-400.

I mostly use my computer for games but I'm looking for something that will last me a 3-4 years in the future.

Any comments would be great
Thanks !

A:Hardware Upgrade Questions

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I've done the upgrade to Windows 10 at least 30 times so far. All have been non-domain computers. I've done one so far that was a domain computer, and it was removed from the domain, thanks to the remove everything option.

So my question is this. What's the best way to upgrade a domain computer off of the network? Or, better yet, if we choose keep my files, will the computer remain on the domain?

I have a user coming to a meeting in two weeks that I will be attending. He wants to be upgraded to 10, but we will not be sitting in our corporate office. Will the upgrade, even with "keep my files" selected, remove this computer from the domain? If not, I'll have to readd his computer to the domain using the Windows VPN connection. Not terribly painful, but then I'd have to hope his profile still loads.

Bonus Part: If the computer is kept on the domain during the install, I shouldn't have any worries. Since we would be using a slow wireless connection, is it possible to do the upgrade by using downloaded code or an extracted .iso, rather than having to wait for the entire install file set to download over the slow wireless?

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I am on Vista Home Premium at present. I bought the upgrade to Windows 7. I have two questions:

1) Is it true that when you upgrade from Vista to Windows 7, all of your installed programs basically remain intact and working, or do you have to re-install everything again from scratch? I believe that the documentation in the box said that if you are on XP, you would have to reinstall MS Office and some other programs. What is the situation in upgrading from Vista?

2) Partly in order to find out the answer to the above, I decided to upgrade my laptop first because it has relatively few installed programs on it compared to my PC. I tried on three separate occasions to do the upgrade. On each occasion, it went all the way through to the very end, completing all of the listed steps. However, it then stated that Windows 7 could NOT be installed on this computer and then unwound the entire thing, leaving me with Vista again.

Why, is a mystery to me because when I ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, it did not highlight any problems that would prevent the installation. Yes, it did point out one printer driver which might not work after the upgrade and advised me to uninstall it (which I did NOT do - might that be the problem?), but apart from that it seemed to be happy with the situation.

3) Do I really need a skilled technician to do this upgrade or can I not just do it all myself? If some major backup and re-installation of complex drivers is necessary, then maybe I need one... Read more

A:Vista To 7 Upgrade Questions

Most people will tell you that a clean install is always better than an upgrade.... See Brinks tutorial on doing this -=> here

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Hello apple fans, I was lucky enought to find myself with an older piece of computer earlier this week. It's a late model emac g4. The system is currently running OSx panther 10.3 but has some issues with Internet surfing and doing simple tasks such as loging onto iTunes and running YouTube Facebook etc. after looking around YouTube and the Internet and using am tracker on my newer Mac I figured out I was able to load OSx leopard on there 10.5. However before I do that I have a few questions. I have purchased a leopard disk a few years back and have dug it out.. My question is weather or not the OSx leopard disk is compiled for both power pc Macs and intel or are there specific disks I need to find that only run the power P version of leopard and vice versa? Because I tried to run the disk and the emac kept ejecting it. I read online that the emac can't support double layer DVDs because Its an older drive. So is it possible to boot the disk off an external DVD drive via USB?  Let me know... Thanks Emac s specs1.25 GHz power pc G4 CPU 1gb of ad ram160 gab hard drive Pioneer super drive Thanks in advance [

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i just bought the vista home premium 64 bit os, and was sent the 7 release candidate. my question is , if i install vista and then the win 7 upgrade, and later decide to upgrade my processor from dual core to quad core. will it cause me to lose my os? my vista system is the oem system builder pack.

A:windows 7 upgrade questions

It wont be considered a new pc as it it just one piece of hardware changed
you may have to make a phone call at the most

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Well starting today, (well its after midnight here, so technicially yesterday) Microsft has started a thing where you can get win7 home premium for $50 if you preorder it sometime before july 12th I think it is. But its only the upgrade disk, the full disk is like 100 if you preorder. My question is, will I be able to preform a clean install with the upgrade disk? I've heard that with vista, if you upgraded xp, you would boot into xp, then run the disk, and it would ask you if you wanted a clean install rather than just replacing the xp files. Can anyone confirm this, or even perhaps tell me if that sounds plausible to be the case with the windows 7 upgrade disk? Cuz I'd really prefer to have a clean install, but sh**, $50 is damn good. Thanks guys

EDIT: I meant the deal runs out july 12

A:Win 7 upgrade disk questions

Well, i guess ur **** outta luck cause it's June 27 today.

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I've upgraded all of my computers to Windows 7. Including my wife and children's older computer. I build all of my desktops myself so there's no particular model number or brand name for any of the desktop computers. After loading Win7 on my wife's machine I noticed that Win7 still seemed a bit sluggish. This is due to the fact that all of the hardware in it is pretty old.

So here are my questions. Is Microsoft going to give me a hard time for upgrading this computer after only a month of 7 use? Or am I going to be able to upgrade motherboard, cpu, graphics and memory with no trouble?

I should add that Win7 was installed using an Upgrade DVD if that helps.

A:Hardware Upgrade Questions

Quote: Originally Posted by mechman

I've upgraded all of my computers to Windows 7. Including my wife and children's older computer. I build all of my desktops myself so there's no particular model number or brand name for any of the desktop computers. After loading Win7 on my wife's machine I noticed that Win7 still seemed a bit sluggish. This is due to the fact that all of the hardware in it is pretty old.

So here are my questions. Is Microsoft going to give me a hard time for upgrading this computer after only a month of 7 use? Or am I going to be able to upgrade motherboard, cpu, graphics and memory with no trouble?

Good question. Do your upgrade. When you want to install 7, and at the point that your key is requested, just ignore and continue with the installation. When you are done, try it, be sure your are satisifed. Then install your programs. Try again, be sure you are satisifed. Then supply your key. If it is accepted you are done, just enjoy. If it is not accepted you will be given a number to call. If touch tone installation, using the phone, fails, a person will speak to you. Explain the situation and you will be set to go and enjoy.

follow the instructions and the upgrade v full retail should not be a problem.

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Hi, I dont know that much about computers but have recieved good feedback from this site. I currently have a Dell Dimension 4100 and would like to upgrade a few items. I want to get a new power supply, motherboard, processor, and some more RAM, but keep my current disk drives, video/audio/ethernet cards, hard drive, etc. Is there anything I need to know before I go out looking, like brand, specs, and so on. My computer runs on XP and is mainly used for basic daily use(internet, word, excel) with occasional use of CAD/CAM student editions(SolidWorks, Mastercam). Right now I have a pentium III 996 MHz, and 256 MB RAM.

Any information would be nice. Thanks

A:Computer Upgrade Questions

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Hi all,I'm Thinkpad fan since 14 years and I cannot imagine to use another laptop in my work My wife has also a Thinkpad  Z61m but it starts to be little bit used, one of the latches get broken so I promised her to make some updates  My wife's Z61m is 9450-A36 so no webcam, GPU is ATI X1300 and native resolution is 1280x800 I have bought on ebay another Z61m 9450-3HG which has webcam and native resolution 1600x1050, GPU is ATI X1400 but seems to be dead (it was honestly advertised on ebay as sold with GPU problem) because upon boot I can see the BIOS screen but the display is heavily distorded with some vertical lines and the menu is unreadable. So I would need two advices please, - how could I check if the display problem is really due to the dead GPU ?here you can see the distorded screen image : - if the GPU is dead I would prefer probably to dont play with the GPU replacement on the MB but limit the update to taking from the 9450-3HG only the broken latch, more powerful 2,0Ghz CPU and the webcam ! As probably the 1600x1050 screen panel will not work properly with the older ATI X1300 GPU (native resolution 1280x800) I would like to take only the webcam from the new one and install it into the old cover lid. But I cannot imagine where the webcam is connected to the motherboard as after partially disassembling the new one I have only one main video connector going to the main board and 2 small antenna c... Read more

A:Some questions about Z61m upgrade

The Display of the Z61m with X1400 GPU also should work in your wife's Z61m. Both Z61m's have the same FRU number of the display-cable.
Otherwise you can detach the displays and move the display-cable with webcam and display-bezel of the X1400 display into the X1300 display-cover or replace the whole cover with display.
If you also exchange the display panel (which should work, too), the GPU will get warmer because of the higher resolution.
The ThinkPad Z61 are based on the ThinkPad T60. Due to the heat of the X1400 GPU the VRAM on the GPU-BGA gets unsoldered, which leads to a not-working video device. You cannot replace the GPU by yourself. (same issue as in T60 with ATI graphics)

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Hello there. I have a few things I wanna run by you guys. I plan on upgrading my processor but there are several questions I need answered before I can feel safe with a purchase.
First off What would be a cheap and efficient upgrade from my current AMD A6-3620 2.20 ghz CPU.
Second off I understand my motherboard may not be able to use certain high end processors(The link at the end lists available upgrades).
Just trying to get some games to play faster. Due to the belief of my processor bottle-necking my gpu or vice versa.

Game I want(wish to run on high) is far cry 3.

I know my evga geforce 560 would be up to it graphic wise...but my cpu is questionable.

Also if I wish to self install it instead of going to a tech. You think I will be safe, or should I get a pro?

Stock processor and info listedupgraded GPU and PSU)

A:Newbie CPU upgrade questions...

The graph of the bottom should help u most of those at the top are within the budget of 170-250$ but then u have to count the motherboard upgrade

The Amd fx 8350 triples the performance of ur cpu but many games dont use 8 cores...

and the Intel i5-3570k is 2 and a half better then ur cpu but is a heavy multitasker

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Hey guys

I wan't to upgrade from windows vista ultimate 32 bit to windows 7 64 bit

I'm just wondering will my computers hardware be compatible with windows 7 and will my speedtouch 121g work with windows 7 for wireless because i cant find much information on google about it.

Heres my specs

--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Computer Type ACPI x86-based PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 7.0.6002.18005
DirectX DirectX 10.0
Computer Name RYAN-PC
User Name Ryan
Logon Domain Ryan-PC
Date / Time 2010-01-15 / 00:57

CPU Type DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, 2700 MHz (9 x 300)
Motherboard Name Asus P5K-E (3 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Bearlake P35
System Memory 3328... Read more

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im planning to get upgrade my computer for my computer:
and im planning to get this video card:
but im not sure will it work or not because the memory is different, or does it still work? also about the power supply, "if" the video card works will it out burn my powersupply? thx
edit: lol sorry didn't notice now i posted the link :dead:

A:questions about video upgrade

They are both the same link. I don't see any graphics card.

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I want to upgrade my computer with a new graphics card and want to know what could work with my motherboard.
My mobo is 945GCT-M
my psu is 400w

it has two pcix16 slots but i only need one card,
I tried the 7800 GTX , but had a problem with the heatsink being to big and hitting the other pci slots,

I want a decent card for about 150$
Any suggestions that would work with my set-up?

A:945GCT-M GPU Upgrade Questions

Could you please specify the motherboard you are using (including manufacturer and model).

I tried the 7800 GTX , but had a problem with the heatsink being to big and hitting the other pci slots.Click to expand...

Do you mean to say that the 7800GTX does not fit into the PCI-E slot due to the heat sink? If you put it on the first PCI-E slot, then I don't think that the PCI slots could interfere in any way. It would be good if you could also post a picture of your PC internals so that we can understand better the layout of the mobo and the issues you might face.

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I have a standard HP desktop computer. Its processor is an AMD 3700+. I am looking to upgrade either now or soon. Since it is a HP it has a generic mobo. I tried to find out its name through physical examination and Everest. Neither ending with sucess. I have read up on processor upgrading and noticed you need to find out if that certain processor works with your mobo. As far as I know there is no way I can find that out. I know my mobo is a 989 socket. My chipset on my mobo is, all this info is according to Everest, ATI Radeon Xpress 200 AMD Hammer. I am looking to eventually upgrade to a AMD FX 60 or so. Question is how should I go about doing this seeing as I dont know what the mobo's name is so I cant look up if it is compatible. I was thinking maybe getting the processor in-store at a best buy that way if it didnt work then I could easily return it. I have 1 more question, does your chipset determine what kind of video card you use? Example, when I first got my video card I got a nvidia 6600 oc. This card didnt work at all and the integrated graphics performed much better. I returned the card as a faulty product. I then got a ATI x1300 512mb that improved my performance and worked just fine. Again I am interested in upgrading to a nvidia 7900gt. Again since I have a ATI chipset will an nvidia card work? I am thinking maybe that is why the first one wouldnt work. Ok hopefully you guys can help me. Keep in mind that I have a generic HP desktop computer with a x1300 at... Read more

A:CPU upgrade and Mobo questions.

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I have a Dell Dimension 8200 with XP Home Ed. SP2 (build 2600). I would like to keep it up to date with SP3, but have read about some cautions. My main concern is my wireless Netgear router model WNDR3300 ver. 1. I had a difficult time with the original setup of the router, and don't want to go through that again. Will I need to update drivers for the router, or other tricky items. I also have a HP OfficeJet J6480, but I wouldn't think there would be an issue with tha. I am not very computer savy. Additional info on the computer: 2 ghz pentium 4 processor, 40 g HD (24.1 g unused), 2 g mem., bios Dell A05 04/18/2002. Any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

A:[SOLVED] Upgrade to XP SP3 from SP2 questions

I did that install on my wifes' comp (same as yours) no problemo!

That's isn't a guarantee - just some re-assurance.


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I'm planning on upgrading a friends router this weekend. She currently has a Netgear wireless G router and security enabled. She will be getting a new router (Netgear N450). I've found some tutorials on installing a new wireless router, but nothing on just swapping (upgrading )routers.

So here are some questions I have...

1) Can I use the same security password on the new router (so she doesn't have to reprogram all her wireless devices?

2) Do I need to uninstall current routers software first?

3) If anyone can give me a basic workflow rundown on swapping out the hardware, or point me to a tutorial, that would be great.

A:questions on router upgrade

All routers come with their own password usually written on it, or it has a generic password, which you can change by connecting to it.

Usually or 1.1

What router software ? You shouldn`t have any router software installed on any PC, not sure what you`re talking about.

The page you see is just what pops up when you connect to the router.

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I'm having Windows 8.1 right now, if I upgrade to Windows 10 and I do a factory reset, will it go back to Window 8.1 or Windows 10?

A:Upgrade to Windows 10, questions

Hi Pat(rick) The Factory Reset will use the System Image currently stored on your system. So if you bought that laptop/computer from a manufacturer, it'll use the manufacturer image which is the Windows version you had installed when you first bought your device. In that case, if it was Windows 8.1 it'll be Windows 8.1.

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I'm currently running Windows XP Pro (upgrade version) and I'm planning to install Windows 7 Pro (upgrade version). Will I have any problems upgrading because my previous version of Windows was also an upgrade version and not the full install version? I'm asking this question because once I open the new Windows 7 software I will not be able to return it if it turns out that I can't use it to upgrade my previous Windows XP version which as I said was an upgrade from Windows 98.
The other question I have concerns the fact that Microsoft tells me I can only install Windows 7 on one computer. What will happen if my current computer bites the dust and I need to purchase a new one. Will Microsoft allow me to reinstall it then on the new computer? Has anyone had this experiance? Thanks

A:General Upgrade Questions

You can't upgrade from winxp to win7. Only upgrades from vista and win7 are supported.
Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

You can transfer a lot very easy with Windows Easy Transfer - Microsoft Windows

A clean install isn't a bad thing anyway after a win98 to winxp path and using it for years. Clean install with upgrade dvd: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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My dad has asked me to upgrade his computer. This is his current PC:

He needs a larger hard drive for his storage purposes. Would this hard drive be compatible?

I believe his computer currently has a 128MB RAM stick in it. What I'd like to do is add an additional 256MB for a total of 384. Would this stick work?
Finally, I don't know if I must replace the current hard drive or if I could just add a second one. Could you guys tell me if there's enough room? Please look through all 4 pics to get an idea:
I would truly appreciate any help with this. Thanks

A:Hello, I want to upgrade a computer and I have a few questions

i couldn't tell if it's got the pc133/128, if it is the 256 would work.

the smaller bay under the floppy will accomadate a 3 1/2" hd. make sure you have both power and ide connector.

it's a 120g hd and not sure how big it can deal with.

you might want to think about a usb external hd.

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There's a chance I may be buying or even being given a GPU upgrade in the somewhat near future. With that in mind I'd like to know more about what sort of options my Motherboad offers. As it says in my system specs, I have a Asus M4N68T-M V2 Anti-surge. Additionally my PSU is a very cheap generic Turbolink ATX-TL 500W-BK 12v. The following questions I've already researched myself a ton but I need the answers put into more laymens terms.

1: Will a higher GPU Core Clock speed increase FPS & if so how?

2: Will more GPU memory increase FPS & if so how?

3: If choosing between higher core clock or more memory, which should I pick & why?

4: What are the differences between GDDR5 & DDR3 GPU Memory?

Here's some random GPU's I picked out that I think might work. I'd greatly appreciate your opinions on them, which y'all think are the best & why.

ZOTAC GeForce GT 730 DirectX 12 (feature level 11_0) ZT-71115-20L 4GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x8 lanes) Video Card -

EVGA GeForce GT 730 DirectX 12 (feature level 11_0) 02G-P3-3733-KR 2GB 64-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready Video Card -

ASUS GeForce GT 610 DirectX 11 GT610-2GD3-CSM 2GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card -

ZOTAC Synergy Edition GeForce GT 610 DirectX 11 ZT-60601-10L 2GB 64-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card -

XFX Radeon R7 240 DirectX 11.2 R7-240A-CLF2 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 ... Read more

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Hi guys. I'm looking to upgrade my system a little bit. It runs fairly well now, but I would like to bump it up to the next level. My main specs now are:

2 gigs of ram
XFX 8600gt 512mb
Windows XP

Ok. Now for my questions. I have a few different possibilities that I am thinking of doing, which I will lay out here.

-I will def. be upgrading to 4g ram or 6g (depending on vista or not)
-I want to up my video card. Should I get another 8600gt and SLI or buy a 9600gt. I'd like to save money from a 9800gt, unless the 9600gt isn't a good choice.

So basically here are my proposed configs.

-SLI 2 8600gt's w/ 4 gigs in XP
-SLI 2 8600gt's w/ 6 gigs in Vista
-1 9600gt (9800?) w/ 4 gigs in XP
-1 9600gt (9800?) w/ 6 gigs in Vista

Out of those 4, which do you think will give me the best performing gaming machine?

Thanks a bunch, I appreciate it.

A:Upgrade questions - SLI/ram/vista

Why not go for an 8800GT and another two gigs of RAM? You'd save some money, that you can spend on a new CPU if you want. The 8800GT has slightly more shader-processing power, but gives otherwise similar performance as a 9600GT. The 9800GT is simply a 55nm version of the 8800GT, so you'd get no performance increase from it. The only real upgrade would be an HD 4850\9800GTX+.

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Sorry if this is way too basic. I have a HP a1012x with 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM but the system says I have only 384 installed...Anyway can I use DDR2 Ram with the already installed? Or would there be some kind of conflict? I saw a Gig of DDR2 on sale for 24.99 (after rebate) and was wondering if I could install it no prblems or should I remove the original memory first?? Second question is what is the PC3200? If I mix it with SDRAM PC4200 would there be problems? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Memory upgrade questions

Firstly, DDR and DDR2 are a different "shape" of module and will not fit.

Also be aware that Laptops usually use the "SODIMM" format of RAM modules, so the more common desktop RAM "DIMM" modules will not fit.

Your laptop is probably using 128 MB of the installed 512 MB as video memory. Leaving 384 MB.

You need to check if the installed memory is 1 x 512 MB module or 2 x 256 MB modules. There will usually be only 2 slots, if they are already both used (2 x 256) then you have to throw one away. If it's only one module you can add another.

The 3200 is the "speed", generally faster RAM works OK, but there can sometimes be conflicts in rare cases.

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Hey all,

I am thinking about doing an upgrade on my PC within the next month. My PC is built mostly for gaming and I play first person shooters. I have a little bit of money coming back from filing taxes and I am looking at upgrading 1 or 2 things on my computer. I am looking the biggest increase in performance for the money I spend. My budget is somewhat flexible, but I would say $200-$500 range is accurate.

I am trying to determine where my computer is lacking and what to upgrade. Here are some of the specs:

-Intel P4 2.8 Ghz 800 Mhz System Bus
-Asus P4P88 Deluxe
-2x 256 sticks DDR400 RAM
-Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro Catalyst 5.1 drivers
-CDRW drive 52x 24x 52x, DVD-Rom drive, DVD-RW drive
-21" SyncMaster monitor.
-30Gb Hard drive

A few questions right off the top

I know I need to upgrade my RAM, but how much RAM should I get 1gb or 1.5gb?
I currently have 2 sticks of 256 in there now and 4 slots. Is it worth paying more for 2x512 sticks (and discard the 2x256 sticks in there now) than to buy 2x256 sticks and give up the dual channel on my motherboard?

Would a different CD rom drive really help game performance? If so how much? Is mine lacking and is causing bad performance?

Graphics Card
By looking at it I need a new graphics card. What type of graphics card should I go with? I am not neccessarily looking for top of the line, but a very nice card and a good value for amount of money compared to the performance bo... Read more

A:Where is my PC Lacking? (upgrade questions)

Your machine is fine, except for the crappy 30GB HDD. I would upgrade that.

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I can't move from 10240 to the next build via WU regardless of what I do (have done many things to try an make it work via windows update, all to no avail) I've reached the point of trying the Windows 10 site to upgrade to TH2 1511.

I had an iso downloaded, tried right clicking, mounted the iso, after the upgrade things were not right. Mostly with the display, the existing resolution 1600x900 wasn't even available, there were only 3 choices for resolution none of which were above 1024 range. Updated drivers didn't change it, used the USB to repair/reimage to get back to a useable W10 system.

Created a new USB with a new re-downloaded iso, tried booting from the USB and there were no choices to "upgrade" my existing W10 installation, just install W10 with a choice of Home or Pro, I chose Home, then it asked for a product key. I didn't go any farther because I wasn't sure what it was doing, this should be an upgrade of my existing W10 Home install, not an initial installation. If it's possible I would like to keep everything as it is today, desktop, hardware settings, bookmarks, files, etc...

I want to try again using a different method, when I go to the Get Windows 10 page from the link above there's a button marked "upgrade" will clicking this upgrade my existing W10 to the new 1511 version? I could download the MCT, but if I have a bootable USB iso, do I need the MCT to upgrade much like would... Read more

A:Questions about W10 upgrade page

Hello! You can download the last Windows 10 TH2 ISO (version 1511 build 10586.0) from Microsoft Tech Bench. In order to upgrade you must download the same language. The language description for English is rather confusing, so to make it easier for you, "English" is English US (American English) that most of us have in our computers when we install the English version. "English International", contrary to what the description suggests, is English GB (British English), not American English as one would expect. Each version can only upgrade the same language version. If you download the wrong language you will be asked to keep your data only (partial upgrade) or do a clean-install. I suspect this is your case, that's why you could't make a full upgrade (keep applications and data), because you have the wrong language. If unsure which language you have, you can execute a command at PowerShell to find out. See the second post in this thread. As for the edition choice, the "full pack" is "Windows 10" (first on the list), and it can upgrade/install both Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro (depending on previous version for upgrade or on serial for a clean installation). The other editions are feature-restricted versions and are intended only to upgrade the repsective restricted version of Windows 7 or 8. Assuming you have a normal (not restricted) Windows 10 Home English US installation, to do the full upgrade you must download the Windows 10 &... Read more

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[url= Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging): Software[/url]

I want to upgrade & buy the above. I have Vista Home Premium 64-bit now. I'm not that tech-savvy & read the Microsoft Q&As on this topic, so what do I need to do before putting the new upgrade CD-ROM in to be installed?

Do I need to clear out anything? I have enough storage, etc. already. It looks like all the files just transfer over, right?

Any info you can give on what I need to do in prep for the upgrade, please let me know. Thanks!

A:Upgrade from Vista Questions

As with ANY upgrade, make sure you have disks for all of your applications as some may make it and some won't. Also, make sure you have a comprehensive backup in case something goes wrong.

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I have an HP Pavilion a210n running Windows XP. It has a maximum capacity for 1024 MB of RAM, with two slots supporting up to 512 MB each. Currently installed are 256 MB of RAM.

My sister has two computers she no longer uses and, knowing that I was interested in buying some memory, gave me the memory that was on those computers.

I have no idea what kind of memory these sticks are or really anything about them. All I see are a few stickers on different parts, and I can scan the chips if need be. Is there any harm in trying to install them and seeing what happens? I heard that installing the wrong kind of memory could damage my computer.

A:Solved: RAM Upgrade Questions

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Hi,I am completely new to this forum and so if I make a technical faux pas or terminological error, please be gentle. I am currently running a Toshiba L650 laptop running windows 7 64bit home premium. Last week SMART monitoring advised of an immanent HDD failure. Upon verifying this with a drive analysis tool (WD Data Lifeguard) and running chkdsk /r I concluded that the failure was legitimate. I have created an image of the drive and a system recovery bootable media. Since I was going to have to buy a new drive, I thought it might be worth shelling out the extra A$50 or so to upgrade my memory from 4Gb to 8Gb. I have never removed or replaced notebook ram and so thought it best to test the process to see if I could perform it correctly before buying the product. I powered off the laptop (I neglected to remove the battery but the laptop was unplugged), opened the case and followed my manual's instructions on how to remove the ram. As soon as I had completely removed this (ie the ram was in my hand) I replaced it and secured it following the removal procedure in reverse, replacing the stick into the same ram slot as before. I then closed the case and booted up the computer. On booting, it reached the windows loading screen fairly swiftly, but lingered there and in the subsequent black screen before the log in screen. Entering my login credentials caused a wait of about 3 minutes before the desktop fully appeared and subsequent navigation in the file system was slow. I... Read more

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Greetings guys,
I am in the process of updating my Samsung notebook which has become very, very slow of late.
I have been given a lot of conflicting information in recent times and was put off from doing the actual upgrade, especially after I was told-when it would have been too late- that to try and impose windows eight 64-bit over the top of Windows 7 32 bit would have crashed everything!

I already have the upgrade discs for windows version 8 64-bit Propak.
(Cleverly bought while on the special promotional discount from Microsoft) and
my original intention was simply to upgrade my Samsung to 8 GB of RAM BUT then of course found that you can not add more than 4 GB of RAM to a Windows 32-bit system!

As I understand it now, if I simply install Windows 8 32-bit it should be trouble-free, but still unable to use more than 4 GB of RAM!
AND that there is no real performance benefit in doing so. True?

So, my plan now is to simply install W8 64 Bit Pro Pak over the top of W7 32 Bit.
(Most of my programs are on Drive D: partition, so a reformat by the install should do minimal damage I hope.)

Then to add another 4 Megs Ram to at least have the modern basic minimum.

BUT, I have also been told not to, but to instead use a SSD RAM stick of 32 or 64 Meg
and that the extra 4G RAM wouldn't show any real improvement.

The System is never under any real load - no games, no movies, no maths. The only real hogs are Firefox and MSMPENG.exe . Usually CPU is 15%, RAM 52%, SWP 49%

Bei... Read more

A:Upgrade to W8 64 + and memory questions

If you are going to install Windows 8 you might just as well use the 64-bit version unless you want to try the "upgrade" install instead of "custom" ("clean"). But unless you start doing something memory intensive I doubt that you will see any performance difference between 4 and 8 GB RAM.

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I am massively going to be upgrading my computer in about a week. I am going to be replacing my current motherboard, RAM, CPU and, video card. My current system is a Pentium 4 2.6 GHZ Hyper Threaded with 2 GB DDR 400mhz PC3200 memory, Asus P4C 800 Deluxe motherboard, ATI X1600 Pro. I am going to upgrade to a Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHZ with 1066 mhz bus, 2 GB Corsair 800mhz PC6400 RAM, Asus Striker Extreme motherboard with SLI support and, Nvidia 8800 GTS graphics card. I am purchasing a Ninja 2 Heatsink with a nice fan for this new system as well.

I have the following questions though:

1) I currently run Windows XP Home Edition upgrade version on my computer. I have 4 hard drives installed on my current system. The XP is on my C Drive. Will I have to reinstall Windows XP when I do my massive upgrade? I'm pretty sure i will. If so, will the hardware signature feature of Windows XP prevent me from being able to install the operating system? I am speaking about Microsoft's anti-piracy system that records your hardware setup digitally and makes you register a key with M$ so that it fingerprints it with your system. Will this prevent me from completing my upgrade? How can you get around this annoyance (besides changing over to Linux...LOL).

2) Will I likely need to flash the BIOS so that it has the newest BIOs version? If so, do I just install the software with the board, the OS, etc. and boot for its post and then once everything is installed and ready j... Read more

A:Upgrade questions/advice

Any ideas?

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So i bought a prebuilt PC that came with Windows 7. Im thinking about upgrading my CPU and motherboard. I know that I wont be able to use the Windows 7 legally once i upgrade. Now my college offers Windows 7 Ultimate UPGRADE for $10. Would i be able to purchase that and then be able to use Windows 7 legally with a new motherboard and CPU?

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what does the eula say on the upgrade from the university?

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I've been asked to do a mimimum-cost upgrade on a Packard Bell 8901C. It's a PII-350 on a MSI MS6156bx with 1-64MB stick of RAM.. Currently running Win2K Pro (slowly). (Owner doesn't want a new mobo, partly because of cost and partly because he doesn't want to have to reload O/S, programs,etc.)

Can't get any info from PB, of course, but MSI's Archives show it as accepting up to a PIII-800, with the latest bios.
Two concerns:
- Original bios was AMI, last few versions have been Award. Info from MSI suggests that there will be no problem as long as the AMI flash program is used to do the upgrade. Has anyone done this? (I've done bios flashing with no problems before, but it has always been AMI-to-AMI or Award-to-Award, never one to the other.)
- Slot 1 PIII's are scarce as hen's teeth around here. Was thinking of trying a socket370 to slot1 adapter with a celeron 800 to keep costs down. Haven't used one of these before, either. Any suggestions/observations?

Also planning to increase the RAM to maximum 2-128MB sticks.

Would appreciate any thoughts / suggestions anyone may have.

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