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kohlirowe

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I have a HP g3100.uk which I've already upgraded the case, RAM memory (2GB) and hard drive (500GB). I now want to improve the performance by either getting a better processor, or changing both the processor and motherboard at the same time.



Some system specs:-
  • Intel® Pentium® D processor 925 Dual Core​


    Intel® 945GC express chipset
  • Windows 7 (upgrade) on top of a Vista build
  • Nvidia XFX 8600GT graphics
  • Creative Blaster X-fi sound card
I use my pc mostly for music production (FLstudio 8) which requires a lot of processing power
Watch films through LG TV (not high def ---yet)



So my questions are:-
  • What's the fastest processor I can go to on this system?
  • Is it now worth changing the motherboard as well and what's the best value for money v speed?
  • Can I use windows 7 upgrade on a clean build if I have the original operating system serial no etc?
Thanks

Adrian;)
 

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Your Mobo Specs say it'll support these processors ...
Core 2 Duo (Conroe) up to E4300
Pentium D (Presler) up to 960 (3.6 GHz)
Pentium 4 (Cedar Mill) up to 661 (3.6 GHz)
Celeron D (Cedar Mill) up to 365 (3.6 GHz)
Celeron D (Prescott) up to 355 (3.33GHz)
If you change the Mobo, the OEM supplied OS (Vista) will quit working .. it's married to the Mobo.
You can perform a clean install using the W7 upgrade ...
But here again, If you change the Mobo after you install W7 (upgrade), You'll need to purchase a new OS.
Changing the Mobo is the same as getting a different computer.

I don't think W7 will improve your speed.
 

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By the time you purchase W7, a new Processor and Mobo ..
You might as well get a new computer with even a faster processor, Ram, new Warranty ... etc.

These will soon be obsolete ...
I'm waiting on the newer versions that will support USB 3.0 and SATA 3 (6Gb/s) Hard drives.
 

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Hi, I just went and bought a Intel i5 chip, matching motherboard, and 4Gb RAM.....Its coming tomorrow.

Ok the windows 7 thing....

If I re-format the drive, start a clean install with Win 7 upgrade, will it ask me for my previous operating system? If thats the case I have xp proffesional I don't use, do I insert CD and then continue to install win 7?

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I performed a clean install of W7 .. But did NOT give it a product code.
You have 30 days before you validate it .. (didn't want to burn the W7 code if I didn't like it).
Then I gave it the Product Code and called M$ to get it validated ... They never ask me for the XP code.
 
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If your computer is old enough, you had better to buy a new one. Hardware compatibility is very important, even if you change the latest motherboards, graphics cards or other devices may not be compatible. In addition, hardware updates are too fast.
 
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If your computer is old enough, you had better to buy a new one. Hardware compatibility is very important, even if you change the latest motherboards, graphics cards or other devices may not be compatible. In addition, hardware updates are too fast.
???

I think he had solved that part. Looks like he bought an i5 and board with RAM...
 

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If your computer is old enough, you had better to buy a new one. Hardware compatibility is very important, even if you change the latest motherboards, graphics cards or other devices may not be compatible. In addition, hardware updates are too fast.
hardware updates are too fast?

lost me on that one.......
 
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