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 Post subject: Starting Over Advice
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:06 am 
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I am thinking of building a new desktop machine while utilizing some of the parts that I currently have. I haven't built a new machine in quite sometime and am hoping I can get some good opinions of the most practical approach.
Below I have listed what I currently have. I am hoping that some of this can be reused such as the Antec 900 and GTX750. Also not sure if using the same hard drive makes sense.

Anyway the current machine is XP. I would like to get into a motherboard with onboard wireless networking and onboard audio unless this is a bad idea. Just trying to avoid purchasing additional add-ons. And if I go to a new MB, I am assuming that RAM and processor will need to be replaced. Also, as much as I like Windows 7, I am wondering if that is still the wise choice or if one of the more recent version of Windows OS is good. The machine is used for some gaming........nothing real serious..........I also use it for spreadsheet use, budgets, etc.

Antec 900 - 650W ATX
Intel DQ35JOE
Intel Core 2 DUO Q6600 Quad Core 4gb
PC2-6400 DDR2-SDRAM UDIMM - 2x2 GB (Clocking 400mhz)
Primary: SATA 3gb/s - Hitachi HDP725050GLA360(500 gb)
External-USB: SATA 3gb/s - WDC-WD7500AACS-00ZJB0 (750 gb)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 - PCIe v1.1 x16 (2.5 Gb/s) @ x16 (2.5 Gb/s)

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Antec 900 - 650W ATX
Intel DQ35JOE
Intel Core 2 DUO Q6600 Quad Core 4gb
PC2-6400 DDR2-SDRAM UDIMM - 2x4 GB (Clocking 800mhz)
Primary: SATA 3gb/s - Hitachi HDP725050GLA360(500 gb)
External-USB: SATA 3gb/s - WDC-WD7500AACS-00ZJB0 (750 gb)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 - PCIe v1.1 x16 (2.5 Gb/s) @ x16 (2.5 Gb/s)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home - SP-1
BIOS: JOQ3510J.86A.1143.2010.1209.0048 - 12/09/2010


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 Post subject: Re: Starting Over Advice
PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:21 am 
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A lot of changes in the Windows OS, with Win 10. And a lot of older features, hardware and programs are no longer compatible.
Win XP is still a decent OS, but no longer supported.. AKA 'abandoned'. But if a browser and AV honor it, may still have a year or so of life left. Win 7 may still be 'accepted' for another year or two.
As to "service life" of the Windows® OS:
System: Last service pack: End of main support: End of extended support:
Windows XP Service Pack 3...... April 14, 2009 ..... April 8, 2014
Windows Vista Service Pack 2... April 10, 2012 ..... April 11, 2017
Windows 7 * Service Pack 1..... January 13, 2015.... January 14, 2020
Windows 8 Not yet available.... January 9, 2018..... January 10, 2023
* Support for Windows 7 RTM without service packs ended on April 9, 2013.
Be sure to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 today to continue to receive support and updates.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downloa ... aspx?id=20
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows ... ifications
If a hard drive is less than 2 years old with normal use, should still give another 2 years or longer. SSD drives have improved greatly in the past 2 years.. longer MTBF life span.

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 Post subject: Re: Starting Over Advice
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:29 am 
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I would start with windows 7 BUT make sure that anything you buy is labeled suitable for windows 10. As for recycling stuff from your current setup, you might consider buying an upgrade set that is offered at a reduced price. This is not always budget stuff you just get a rebate for buying all in one go. Exactly how old is your current hardware?

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