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Topic Title: Upgrading to new m/b and Sempron 3000+
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Created On: 01/15/2006 02:44 PM
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 01/15/2006 02:44 PM
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Hi everyone,

I've just received some new components for an upgrade. I'm replacing the old motherboard, CPU and graphics card and adding some more memory. The parts being replaced are:

Elite K7S6A
Athlon XP 1800+
nVidia GeForce FX5200 128Mb

being replaced with:

Gigabyte K8N-S
Sempron 64-bit 3000+ (754)
Powercolor ATi Radeon X700 256MB AGP

and I'm also adding a stick of 512MB Corsair ValueSelect PC3200 DDR RAM, identical to the stick I already have.

The question I have is, once I've replaced all those components will I need to format my primary HDD and reinstall everything, or should the system boot OK with the new hardware but leaving all the old drivers redundant? And will I notice a performance increase over the old system?

If it helps, the rest of the system is:
Hiper HPU-4S425 425W PSU
Maxtor Diamondmax +8 40GB primary and +9 80GB secondary HDDs
Lite-On DVD-Rw and LG CD-Rw/DVD-ROM
BT Voyager Wireless-LAN PCI card
Acer AL1916W widescreen 19" TFT
think that's all the important stuff /smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' />

Thanks for any help anyone can offer.
 01/15/2006 03:17 PM
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Since you are upgrading every main component yes you need to reformat the hard drive and reinstall. Pretty much I doubt XP would even boot with the new hardware, as you changed your main chipset, the IDE drivers, etc.

And yes you will notice a performance increase.
 01/16/2006 11:38 PM
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i have had success loading windows Xp on my old pentium 3 when i switch'd motherboards by doing a windows repair... now when i went from my crappy biostar to my dfi infinity board i tryd to do a windows repair and repair just froze up over and over. i just said [content edited] with it and reformated and reinstalled. so sometimes repair works sometimes it dosent

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 01/18/2006 06:53 AM
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It might boot, with a repair or some other trick, but chances are it won't be stable, and certainly not a clean install.
And here, there's just too much change (motherboard, socket, cpu, cpu core, cpu instructions, 32->64bit, chipset...)

A new install is the way to go

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