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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by KKSlider1337, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. KKSlider1337

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    Thanks jed. Yeah, I could do with a bit of advice on whether my intended mobo is compatible with everything - I presume it would be, but it's good to check. It's a Gigabyte Z77 D3H, and the plan atm is to get an i5 3570k, the Crucial Ballistix RAM, an ATi 7870 and A Corsair PSU around 500W. Any potential compatibility issues there?
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    Looks good to me. All it needs is to make sure everything "fits" which you never know until you get the parts.

    (Asus) 7870 = PCI-E 3.0, your MoBO will have 1x 3.0, 1x 2.0 and plenty 1.0's.
    i5 3570 = Socket LGA1155, your MoBo supports all i3/i5/i7 socket 1155's.
    Ballistix = DDR3, 240 pin, 1600, your MoBo supports 240 pin DDR3 2400, 1600 and 1333.

    Not sure how to check PSU compatability, that'll have to go to someone else.

    Also, you're getting a x64 OS right?
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    Yeah, in the long term I'll definitely have a 64bit OS. Although if for whatever reason I can only get my old 32 bit Vista working and not 64 bit W7, will the only downside be that it won't support all of the RAM?
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    Basically yes your RAM investment will be useless and you'll see no performance gain in regards to RAM until you've upgraded.
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    Okay no worries, the 32 bit Vista would only be temporary, and hopefully won't need to be used anyway. The system currently has 64 bit Windows 7 installed, so hopefully that can be used.

    Out of interest, what will actually happen if I initially don't reinstall windows when I've replaced all of the components? If I try to use the old installation, activated with a different motherboard and with drivers for all of the old parts. Will it actually work, so I could temporarily check that the new parts seem to be in order? Or must I reinstall Windows immediately?
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    You'd need the update the CPU/GPU/MoBo drivers ASAP. I'm not certain if a fresh MoBo can be POSTed and successfully booted into Windows without installing the full, fresh OS install. Sorry, not much help there.

    I know if you swapped RAM, CPU and GPU w/o touching the MoBo you wouldn't need a reinstall. However I think you may need one for swapping the MoBo.
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    It's always good to reinstall the OS after swaping a mobo. I've seen cases that was't needed and everything worked fine, but yesterday, for example, I swaped my GF's 775 kit for my AM3 and the system continuosly BSODed until i reinstalled the OS.

    One more thing: until you get your new x64 OS, you can use the Win7 trial. It gives you 30 days of unlimited access.
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    Thought people might like to know that all of my components have been ordered today :) In the end I went with:

    i5 3570k
    8GB Crucial Ballistix 1600mhz
    Gigabyte Z77-D3H mobo
    Corsair 500W Builder Series
    XFX 7870 Core Edition - Very pleased with this. Not only was it a decent price at £173, but it comes with 8 games! Far Cry 3, Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution, Deus Ex: HR, Shogun 2, Sniper Elite, Dirt Showdown and Nexuiz.

    I'm a happy man. I just want to say thanks to everyone in this thread who gave me advice, as you really helped. I may be back for advice if I have issues building it ;)

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