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upgrade advice needed

i used to build computers a lot, but have been out of it probably for the past 10 years. the technology has changed a lot since then Happy. i have a desktop pc, 32 bit, running xp. i have a 500gb ide hard drive, an ide dvd burner, and a 3.5 floppy, which i guess will get ditched. right now it has a wireless pci card for connectivity. i also have an pci soundblaster . that has to stay.

i'd like to upgrade the system. for starters, do i get a motherboard with sata and ide controllers? upgrading windows, there are a lot of programs, some have cracks or were purchased legit and i worry i cant get them validated on the new system. how can i migrate all that to a newer windows, and what version? 7, 8 ? i already have a 1 TB sata hard drive. i'd like to buy a tower with space for my burner and soundblaster. the soundblaster sits in a drive bay. where can i buy one? can i clone my drive to the sata drive? i'd like to keep the old unit intact will setting up the new one.

thanks

mike

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Sorry but did you read the forum rules?
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Upgrade

It's not an upgrade you need but a new build.

If you go to a new build your looking for w10.
Forget trying to migrate any of those legacy parts.

Pick a mid tower case to your liking.
Fit in the needed parts to do what you want the machine to do

Move 'your stuff' from old hdd to new hdd.
Programs in general don't move.
They must be reinstalled.

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If it still work,

just use it. Forget about the upgrade because there's nothing to upgrade..probably hard to find these components to upgrade. If you like, just go build a new one.

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