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Question About Upgrading CPU/MoBo on a Pre-Built.

#1HaroldTheGhoulPosted 12/11/2013 9:01:57 AM
I have an HP p7-1003w and I was curious what I have to do if I replace the MoBo and CPU.

I know if I just replace the CPU then I wouldn't have to re-install Windows, but the mobo being AM3 I don't see many good upgrade options for just upgrading the CPU. Unless, I'm not looking too good...

Since I have to replace the MoBo I will have to re-install Windows and I'm wondering if I can use the same key that came with the HP so I don't have to buy another copy. I don't know how this works with pre-builts.

I would really like to just upgrade the CPU, is there any upgrades that I didn't see? It's a Athlon II X4 650 3.2ghz.
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#2StormKMDPosted 12/11/2013 9:08:08 AM
What exactly are you wanting to do with it? If you're gaming, I'd just build an entire new computer. You can use the Hard drive from that pre-built btw and not have to reinstall windows.
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#3HaroldTheGhoul(Topic Creator)Posted 12/11/2013 9:12:46 AM
StormKMD posted...
What exactly are you wanting to do with it? If you're gaming, I'd just build an entire new computer. You can use the Hard drive from that pre-built btw and not have to reinstall windows.


I'm slowly buying parts each week, every payday to get a better machine. I already have everything else upgraded besides the MoBo/CPU. I would just rather not have to buy Windows.



You can use the Hard drive from that pre-built btw and not have to reinstall windows.
That's not possible is it?
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#4StormKMDPosted 12/11/2013 9:15:51 AM
You can use the key if it's not already in use.

And, yes, it is possible. You'd have to do a repair installation. Actually....now that I think about it, you should just go ahead and reinstall it. Wipe the drive, do a clean install. Make sure you get all your files off that you want, first.
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#5HaroldTheGhoul(Topic Creator)Posted 12/11/2013 9:16:57 AM
BTW, this is for gaming. The HD that is in the HP has a Recovery Partition.

Current Parts I have:
XFX 500w PSU
R9 270x 2gb
New Case

One extra question, would there be a noticeable performance increase by replacing the RAM that came in the HP? It's 8gb 1333.

HP:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02871948&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=5098942
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#6HaroldTheGhoul(Topic Creator)Posted 12/11/2013 9:19:14 AM
StormKMD posted...
You can use the key if it's not already in use.

And, yes, it is possible. You'd have to do a repair installation. Actually....now that I think about it, you should just go ahead and reinstall it. Wipe the drive, do a clean install. Make sure you get all your files off that you want, first.


When I get a new board and CPU, how would I go about installing Windows since it didn't come with a disk? After hooking everything up, just let it boot and hit F9, I think it's F9, to access it?
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#7StormKMDPosted 12/11/2013 9:29:42 AM(edited)
Nice parts.
As for the RAM, I'd say it wouldn't really be worth it. Ram used to be cheap, not so much anymore. If you can afford it, go ahead. But the performance probably isn't worth the price and the performance gain is very minimal.

Here's what you do for Windows 7.
1. Download the ISO for whatever version of windows you have. Home premium, Pro, etc. Make sure you get the x64 version.
http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

2. Get this tool from microsoft to let you put the ISO on a disc or usb.
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

3. Once you have all your parts together, put the usb or disc in the computer. You'll have to change the boot order (if you don't know how, then look it up when you finish building) and install windows.
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#8HaroldTheGhoul(Topic Creator)Posted 12/11/2013 9:32:31 AM
StormKMD posted...
Nice parts.
As for the RAM, I'd say it wouldn't really be worth it. Ram used to be cheap, not so much anymore. If you can afford it, go ahead. But the performance probably isn't worth the price and the performance gain is very minimal.

Here's what you do for Windows 7.
1. Download the ISO for whatever version of windows you have. Home premium, Pro, etc. Make sure you get the x64 version.
http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

2. Get this tool from microsoft to let you put the ISO on a disc or usb.
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

3. Once you have all your parts together, put the usb or disc in the computer. You'll have to change the boot order (if you don't know how, then look it up when you finish building) and install windows.


Thanks, so that's all there is too it?! I was told that you couldn't use the key that came with any pre-builts on a different machine/MoBo upgrades and it had me scared a bit, thanks for the insight!
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#9StormKMDPosted 12/11/2013 9:35:39 AM
You can use the same key lol. A windows key is a windows key. No problem man, feel free to PM me if you need more help.
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