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Windows 7: Using old drive in new computer

06 Jan 2015   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bob Myers View Post
When referring to 64 bit I meant if i bought a newer better machine, would it be advantageous at that point to upgrade to 64
Probably---if for no other reason than that it would remove your 4 GB RAM limitation.

You can't go above 4 GB on your current motherboard even if you converted to 64 bit.

Nearly any new machine would support 64 bit and much more RAM.

Windows 7 Home Premium has a 16 GB RAM limitation, but that may well be plenty for you.

If you buy a new machine with Windows already installed, pretty good chance it will be 64 bit Windows.


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06 Jan 2015   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Of course buying a new machine would solve his problems, but he doesn`t even want to invest in data migration software.
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06 Jan 2015   #13
ignatzatsonic

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Your current graphics card scores 24 on the Passmark video benchmark.

As a comparison, here are some other figures:

Typical current mid range card: 300 or higher.

Intel HD 4600: 729. This is built into the CPU on some current Intel processors.

High end gaming cards: 4000 or higher.
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06 Jan 2015   #14
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Of course buying a new machine would solve his problems, but he doesn`t even want to invest in data migration software.
Yeah, if he has no budget, he's stuck.

But if he could spend even 400 to 500 it would make a world of difference.
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06 Jan 2015   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you can`t afford a new pc right now then I would, upgrade the cpu to the maximum, and get a better video card. start searching Ebay for the top cpu that ignatz listed, you will be amazed at the price, and you can get a better PCI-E video card then you have for under $200. And make sure you are running PC2 6400 speed ram, that`s the fastest the board can use.
If that is integrated video which I think it is, any dedicated video you card you add will be 100 % better.
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06 Jan 2015   #16
Bob Myers

7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

The budget is pretty well blown for next few weeks so a complete new machine isn't totally out of question, just looking at becoming more informed about what to buy.
I did purchase a processor, according to place I bought it from I should have it tomorrow, it is a Athlon 64 X2. Video card will be next upgrade, I do fully understand it is needed.
If this doesn't make my machine liveable until March or so when I can spring for a new machine with more power then I can always buy one one credit, migrate the info from this drive and take this one home to use. As sad as it is,, it is better than the machine I have at home.
Unless some one has a recommendation for video card I guess we are in limbo here until I fit the new processor in
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06 Jan 2015   #17
Bob Myers

7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

Friend has one of these cards, is it a worthwhile upgrade fro me, at $25?
XFX ATI Radeon HD 1GB DDR2 SDRAM
HD-465X-ZDFC
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06 Jan 2015   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Like I said any PIC express video card is better then what you have.

That card is old and has ddr2 memory, see if he will let you try it out before he makes you pay him.

Then run WEI to see if the score goes up and by how much.

XFX HD-465X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Newegg.com

I would recommend an nvidia card with at least 2 GB of memory.

EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 02G-P4-3751-KR G-SYNC Support 2GB Video Card - Newegg.com

The thing is you don`t use your card for gaming, you use it for that program you listed. Others that know about that should chime in

But going back to your original question, in the future, when you do buy a new pc, you don`t have to have your old drive boot up in it. You simply hook up the drive and copy and paste your data over to the new machine. You don`t have to buy any software to transfer data, but you will have to install your programs onto the new machine, hopefully that`s not a problem for you.

Maybe you could post a snip of your WEI ( Windows Experience Index ) now so we have an idea of what you have.

Example of my Gateway GT5404 heavily updated without the ssd, just a Seagate hard drive.
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06 Jan 2015   #19
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

When adding a Video Card you need to make sure the PSU can supply enough power.
From what I see the OEM PSU is rated at 250 Watts (and the PC is apx 6 years old ?)
Compaq Presario SR5605F Desktop PC Product Specifications | HP® Support

This one recommends a minimum 400 Watt PSU
XFX HD-465X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Newegg.com

This one recommends a minimum 300 Watt PSU
EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 02G-P4-3751-KR G-SYNC Support 2GB Video Card - Newegg.com
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06 Jan 2015   #20
gregrocker

 

Compare the install you have to the perfect install compiled in Clean Reinstall Windows 7 which is based on what's worked best in tens of thousands of installs we've directly helped with here. Over a million consumers have used that tutorial without a single complaint, nor have they returned with problems if they stick with the tools and methods given.
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