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Windows 7: Upgrading motherboard, and or hard drives

15 Dec 2009   #1

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Upgrading motherboard, and or hard drives

Apologies if it is wrong to post here, but made sense without it being in the chillout room posting area instead

I recently was able to transfer some money from car modification to PC modifications or will be able to in the coming weeks. So to keep the cost down I just wanted to get a new motherboard and 1 or 2 more hard drives . My circumstance is a bit different so these are my questions:

If I buy a new Intel quad core motherboard , will my processor that I bought in a pre-built HP computer be able to work in a new motherboard or will it be locked since its OEM from HP and they did something to it?

If I buy a new motherboard, is it possible to over clock the speed of the processor or is it locked into place in the processor and not the motherboard?

If its possible to over clock, will going from 2.6 ghz to 3.0ghz make any difference? or is it a just feeling of enjoyment thinking its actually faster, but is not. What about jumping from 2.6ghz to 3.4-3.5ghz? Huge noticeable gains right?

I really don't want to do this, but would it be better to make a new PC? (probably AMD/ATI gear this time) Benefits or is what i got good for now

I want to do this so i can run more hard drives all at once. I will get proper cooling if its possible to over clock so nothing breaks (air cooling no water).

I feel pretty confident in picking out the parts, but since I have no real experience, If anyone can point me to some good parts or at least let me know of the bad ones in the mix.
All I am looking for is one with good amount of sata 2 connections, for the drives and i have a sound card and graphics already (somewhat failing).
Also a new sturdy case since all this wont fit into the stock casing from HP that is useful to be quiet with good temps.
And good after market coolers for the processor.

The cost is somewhat of not as restrictive so if you know something good, I am all good to listen. The only downside I want to keep as less wasteful as possible since I am not an extreme gamer, considering i play starcraft and call of duty 2 and my setup at the moment isn't pulling major fps, etc but handles just fine. I do change and encode videos with handbrake so the processor is what I would like to keep nice and fast. If not I would rather be getting some new rubber and new radiators for my BMW instead.

PS. Thanks everyone ahead of time, i really love this forum. I should have joined a long time ago when i saw the vista forum.

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