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Building a new computer...

by Terry Browne / September 23, 2010 10:04 PM PDT

I am probably building a new computer. I haven't been following the evolution computer wise though. 5 years ago I'd know exactly what to get and now I am lost.

I am thinking of this for a mother board.

This for processor.

This for RAM

My question is what graphic card and sound card do I need. I don't need a gamers GC since I don't play games. Sound card... yes I do listen to a lot of music.

And then HDD. I prefer Seagate. It doesn't matter if it is internal or external but cheaper is better. I am thinking about 500GB - 1TB.

Any suggestion is welcome!

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(NT) Looks like wrong RAM for the board.
by ahtoi / September 24, 2010 12:45 AM PDT
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(NT) Good catch...that laptop RAM (SoDIMM) won't work in that MB
by VAPCMD / September 24, 2010 3:46 AM PDT
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I have that processor
by Steven Haninger / September 24, 2010 3:08 AM PDT

Went from 3.0 ghz P-4 to that one and am pleased. You can do better on the price, however. I don't know the board but you've selected a micro ATX so make sure to get a case that matches. As the other poster says, the RAM isn't right. That appears to be for a laptop. If you like Crucial...and I do...go right to their site to find a match for the MB you choose. I don't game either so just bought a midrange ATI card with passive cooling. I went with a fanless design with larger heat sink area. Fan can get noisy and crap out. It's probable the on board sound of most decent motherboards is adequate for music unless you need all kind of synthesized stuff. I'd leave the sound alone until I heard it how it sounded. Sound cards are easy to add. The system I built last year runs Win7, is boring, but works for my purposes. Good luck.

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6 hard disks with different operating systems on a computer
by ecaprarie / January 27, 2011 3:39 PM PST

Hello,this is a question.I need a new computer,but I still would like to use older hard disks.Is it possible to assemble inside the same case a few hard disks with different operating systems,starting from Windows 95? What kind of processor would be necessary for this solution,if possible?Thanks!

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I know in the old day I have done that (but not 6), but...
by ahtoi / January 27, 2011 6:20 PM PST

I am not sure if such boot manager software is still available. Your reason for doing this is...what?

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Oh maybe you should look into...
by ahtoi / January 27, 2011 6:28 PM PST


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You must be a Windows 95 ...
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 27, 2011 6:36 PM PST

and Windows 98 wizard and expert to get it working on a modern PC. The CPU is too fast, the hard disk to big and there's more RAM than such OS's can handle. My PC from 2005 already had a motherboard that said it was incompatible with Windows 98.

But you'll certainly be able to find a bootmanager to manage the whole collection of bootable partitions on one or more disks.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2011 1:33 AM PST for example. But here's a problem I run into. I find folk that want such a thing but will not want to master it. It doesn't take long and the owner is upset that they can't get some OS to work or repair a failed OS in the system.

Be sure you are ready to learn a great deal more than you bargained for.
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