Upgrade thoughts, will this work? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-22-2010, 09:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Techie
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 84
Default Upgrade thoughts, will this work?

So im studying my A+ and its goin well. learnin alot.
Just wondering, i have a slow computer running XP. Its old from like 2003 or something like that. Now is it possible to upgrade the mobo and CPU and just plug in my HDD and everything will be normal except faster because of the new cpu and mobo.

Provided my HDD is compatable with the new mobo.

Is this possible, or is there a certain way to do it that i have missed?

steves85 is offline  
Old 09-22-2010, 09:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
Wizard Techie
philbar71's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Suffolk, VA
Posts: 4,533
Send a message via AIM to philbar71
Default Re: Upgrade thoughts, will this work?

Nope, if you change mobos (unless it's the exact same model) then you must AT LEAST do a repair install of windows. (Xp only I believe) Because if you dont windows will try to load all the drivers for the old mobo and they wont be compatible, thus making it bluescreen or not boot, ect.


The only thing ATi can render faster than nVidia is the BSOD

SLI ON INTEL P45: http://www.techist.com/pc/f76/sli-intel-chipset-219886/

<<< i like rep :D
philbar71 is offline  
Old 09-22-2010, 10:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: n/a
Posts: 2,956
Default Re: Upgrade thoughts, will this work?

Yes but not for too much longer, some or most new and current mobo's will have one IDE port or possibly 2.
It's highly unlikely you'll get a mobo with 2 ide slots as IDE standard is being faded out by the end of this year.
The current and new standards are SATA and SATAII interface connectors.
To be honest if you have a IDE cable that will support 2 hdd's or a hdd and optical drive your good to go for now.
Do realize sata interface is better to deal with and provides better speed output then a IDE connection.

For the A+ as long as you give yourself enough time to prepare for 2009 edition of comptia A+ you should great.
It paid off for me greatly just the 220-702 is all I need to master for my certification.
Give Mike Myers book a try you won't regret it.
-RockMan- is offline  
Old 09-22-2010, 10:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
Grandfather of Techist

Trotter's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The South
Posts: 30,952
Default Re: Upgrade thoughts, will this work?

Google SYSPREP. It will render your installation system neutral (just like it was just installed driver and hardware-wise). It does require activating XP again, just like a repair installation.

Antec 300 Illusion / Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W / EVGA GTX 760 2GB
AMD FX 8320 x8 Black Edition / Gelid Tranquillo / MSI 970A-G43
Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB / Samsung 840 120GB / WD Black 750GB / WD Green 1TB / WD Red 3TB
G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3 1600 - Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2x2GB DDR3 1600
Win7 Ult 64-bit - Func MS3 Mouse - CM Storm QuickFire Rapid Mech Keyboard

R.I.P. Danny L. Trotter ... 14 Nov 1945 - 4 Sept 2009
Trotter is offline  
Old 09-22-2010, 11:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
Junior Techie
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 84
Default Re: Upgrade thoughts, will this work?

Thanks for the quick replys. Okay so if i do a repair install with a XP boot disk i should be good to go.

Yeh its IDE connected and yeh i know sata is the way to go, just seeing what mileage i could get out of this old rig.

In regards to the A+ im doing mine online through a learning provider here in Australia. Only thing is tryin to remember all the darn CPU's in order and what their specs are. The rest seems to stick.

Thanks again
steves85 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Second Thoughts On Upgrade - Please Help shan1784 New Systems | Building and Buying 11 03-31-2010 10:09 PM
Thoughts on upgrade Ethan_Kaizer New Systems | Building and Buying 5 09-20-2008 04:09 PM
laptop upgrade thoughts... krazyq Laptops and Notebooks 10 02-28-2008 10:28 AM
possible major upgrade...your thoughts? molsen New Systems | Building and Buying 6 12-26-2007 10:29 AM
Upgrade - Q6600, 4GB RAM - Thoughts? meat_helmet New Systems | Building and Buying 12 06-12-2007 11:06 AM

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:11 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.