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I didn't think I'd get that fast a reply O.O

Right, I've been thinking of modifying my old computer into a more gaming computer, just so it can run most graphic high games with good performance.

My current computer is basically this:

Intel Q6600 Processor 2.4ghrz

3gb Ram

Around 500gb hard drive

two nvidia 8400 gt (not in sli mode, they work seperately. I get problems if I run em in sli mode).

I can't remember the motherboard since I don't have the computer with me, the computer's actually being repaired, I believe it has something to do with the 450 watt power supply not handling the two nvidia 8400 gt.

Anyways, I've been searching the internet the past two days looking at various motherboards, graphics cards and videos on creating a brand new computer.

The problem is I'm modifying my old computer and I'm not sure how this is going to affect the computer and what I have to do with drivers that are installed on the hard drive.

I know with a graphics card you have to uninstall the previous drivers, take the old graphics card out, put the new one in and then simply install the new drivers.

If I were to replace my old motherboard with this Biostar TPower i45, how would I go to do this?

Would I have to uninstall bios drivers, replace the motherboard, simply start up the computer then install the new bios drivers.

Or would I have to put the motherboard in and totally reinstall windows vista so it can customize itself to the new motherboard.

sorry if i'm confusing, i'm just too new to this changing computer hardware and making a gaming computer.

Another question, my old motherboard does not have overclocking abilities, so this would be my first motherboard that would give me the options to overclock. I'm quite interested in overclocking CPU and graphics card. Do you think this motherboard would be a good one for a beginner like me to get into overclocking?

I've got another question but I'll see the answers to these questions first, I may have more questions to ask . If I've confused you then just say so and I'll try word it better.
    
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I would personally do a completely fresh install, you are going to have so many problems if you just swap them over, like chipset drivers and all that shabang. THis board is good for overclocking, but i personally would suggest a Gigabyte UD3R
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Thanks for the reply.

The thing is, I'm really interested in getting this Biostar i45 since it seems to have really good cooling. I've looked at motherboards like the ASUS P5N-D which a lot of people seem to get but I've heard problems like it gets really hot, and that's definitely something I don't want to happen. I've just looked at the Gigabyte, it's nice but it only has one Pci-e x16 where i'm wanting two.

I was originally wanting to install two Nvidia 9800 gt's and put them in sli mode but I'm not sure if SLI works in this motherboard.

Would two Nvidia 9800 gt's work in sli mode with this motherboard?

Also, what do you think about instead getting two XFX ATI Radeon HD 4870's and putting them in crossfire?

I've never installed an operating system before, I'm thinking of going for windows 7, are there any problems with this choice? Also, just for a doublecheck, will the installation of the new operating system delete ALL previous data on the hard drive?

What drivers do you install on a hard drive, you install the drivers that you get in the cd with the motherboard, I believe you also install the drivers that come with the graphics card. What other drivers are there because the computer I'm going to change never came with any driver cd's, it was all pre installed.

Sorry for the frustration, it's just I don't wanna make any mistakes if I'm going to go through with this. There's just so many different motherboards that I wanna make sure I pick the right one.
    
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post #95 of 196
If you are talking about that big mosfet cooler, it does nothing at all as alot of us in this thread have found out. The NB also gets rather hot on overclocks approaching 4ghz.

There are gigabytes with 2 PCI-E slots btw.

You cannot SLI on a P45 board, if you want to SLI you will either need to get an nVidia chipset board like the xfx 790i which can take 775 cpus or you will have to upgrade to p55 or x58 which means getting new ram, processor and cpu.

You can crossfire on p45 so 2x 4870 would be good, a 5850 would have around the same performance though and has the advantage of lower power draw, dx11 and only 1 card. Note that you will only run at x8 x8 if you crossfire on p45.

Installing a new operating system will erase everything so all drivers will be destroyed and everything. Windows 7 is perfect.

Drivers, everything will come with drivers (motherboard, gpu etc) but download new ones from the manufacturers website. The motherboard could have been made and packaged up quite a while ago so the drivers could be out of date and better ones could have been released.

No frustration, if i didn't like giving advice i wouldn't give it
Edited by oliverw92 - 11/22/09 at 2:45pm
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Thanks a lot for your help

What did you mean by the NB btw?

The 790i is nice but it's just i've seen lots of reviews and people saying it's got a lotta overclocking problems. I've seen the 780i which is nice but I think now I'm going to go for the Intel X48 chipset.

It can support two graphics cards at x16/x16 which I'm liking. I didn't understood the whole x8/x8 thing at first but did some research, the graphics aren't as good.

Supposedly only 10-20% better with x16/x16 but I'll go for it.

The 5850 is awesome with the dx11, just a bit expensive for me.

Now with the X48 chipset, there's two brands I can go for; The Asus P5E3 PRO or the MSI X48C. What is your personal opinion between the brands ASUS and the MSI?

Alright, so I'm gonna definitely go for windows 7. The thing is, how would I make my computer then. Is it like this:

Firstly connect everything in the computer, the new motherboard with the q6600, the two graphics cards etcetc. Then put the Windows 7 installation disc in, make the computer run from the dvd drive first and that should install windows 7, where I can then install the motherboard drivers later, and any other drivers that I need to install?

I hope I'm right.

I'd appreciate any thoughts you've got on my choices btw, I could do with all kinds of information so I make the right choice.
    
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Dpak, first thing i would do is install mobo, chip/cooler, ram, hdd, one optical drive and one video card and test boot checking bios to see if all show up in it. If all is well the proceed to install os. Once your at the desk top install mobo drivers and video drivers.

If everything is running smooth then proceed to installing other hardware and their drivers. Do this in steps because if something goes wrong you will be able to narrow it down quickly and fix any problems that may arise. GL with everything!!!
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That's a really good idea o.O

I feel quite confident in making this computer now.

The only other real problem atm is what brand I should choose, so many X48 motherboards. xD

Anyways, thanks a bunch for the help guys ^^ I think I'm kind of done now, I'd appreciate any thoughts on what X48 board to get if you have any ideas, or what kinda brand is good. I'd prefer a good customer service brand tbh, just encase anything goes wrong. Thanks again
    
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The x48 cannot do SLI. It can do x16 x16 crossfire however so as long as you don't want multi nvidia card support, x58 is perfect, i would get the asus x48 rampage.
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Yeah I've been looking around this website. Seems like a lot of happy owners of the Asus Rampage Formula. So that is what I'm going with in the end, I just wanna say thanks a lot to both of you for helping me Just unhappy I'm not joining the club xD

Take care anyways
    
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