Upgrading to 64 Bit

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landscaper1
landscaper1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,983
Upgrading to 64 Bit

I'm about ready to upgrade to a 64 bit PC, but I have no idea what I need to look for in specs. I'm not the sort to just buy what someone's selling. I like to make sure all the pieces are of a quality I feel I can trust.

What kind of Intel CPU is desirable?

What about motherboards?

Can I re-use my HDDs from my current computer?

I assume re-using my DVD drive is no problem.

Any other tips will be most welcome.
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Skipper494 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,243
Re: Upgrading to 64 Bit

Asus MB, Intel i5 CPU, 16GB RAM, Win 7 Pro 64-bit.

shooter2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,318
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Exactly what is on the brown truck for me. I5 2500K. Samsung 830 128GB and WD Black. Seasonic 630w modular power supply. I thought that was a little small, but the kid building it says a good 630watt is plenty and better than a cheapo 750w. He said Seasonic makes supplies for many of the other brands and it was a newegg special. He swears it will run under 350w at full load. I am sure he will test it.16 GB G Skeil ram. I am re using Cooler Master 932 case, both optical drives and 220 video card for now. Better video card will come when funds are available and I start doing video. Picked up an NZXT 210 case to put the old 1st gen I5 750 system in as my internet XP machine. He uses NZXT and Cooler Master in all his builds.

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The previous advice sounds good. Here's my two cents:

Win 7 64-bit Pro lets you use old programs and is pretty bullet-proof. This lets me use an old, old financial program I started using with Windows 95!

Yes, you can use your old hard drive. Might even buy an enclosure and use it as an external drive. Always nice to have extra capacity.

Yes, you can use your old DVD player, but consider getting one with Blu-ray capability.

I recommend 8-16 GB of RAM for future-proofing.

I like the i7 processors, but there may be better out there now. (I'm not an expert, but some of the folks on this forum are wizards.)

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Kobus66 Contributing Member • Posts: 922
Re: Upgrading to 64 Bit

there you have it!

Focus
i5 processor is fine
8-16 RAM

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veato Forum Member • Posts: 58
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I would seriously consider an SSD in a new build. The Crucial M4 128GB is excellent value for money at the minute. Install your OS and apps on this and re-use your old HDD for storage where performance isn't as much as an issue.

For the CPU and depending on your budget have a look at the Intel i3-2100 3.1GHz or Intel i5-3570k 3.4GHz. If your budget allows the Intel i7-3770k will be even better.

Look at between 8 and 16GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM.

As for motherboards the Asus Maximum V Gene and Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 (cheaper) will do the job.

Depending on the age of your PC you might need a new PSU. The Enermax Pro 82+ EPR525AWT II is a good and affordable option.

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I have an i5 corporate machine and an i7 personal. For still photography, I suspect an i5 machine will be more than adequate especially if you max out the ram and have at least a moderately good display card (more than a default 'shared resources' display).

For video, and any other math intensive application, the improved multi-threading capabilities of the i7 over the i5 will make for a more satisfying experience. And both will be better than the older dual core machines.

Assuming you have the right software, of course! Old application software compiled for older dual core CPUs wont benefit much from the newer chips because the 'clock' speed of these chips hasn't really gotten any faster. It is the better multitasking capabilities of these new CPUs that make for better efficiency. They don't run faster, they run smarter, and if the software relies only on brute speed for performance enhancements, they won't run any better than before

The thing is, the i7 CPUs are coming down in price to where the argument between i5 and i7 is going to quickly become moot. You might still prefer an i5 for its lower power consumption, but as Intel improves i7 characteristics, even that advantage might tilt towards i7 eventually.
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brn Veteran Member • Posts: 3,084
Re: Upgrading to 64 Bit

landscaper1 wrote:

What kind of Intel CPU is desirable?

It really depends on your budget. For the budget minded AMD is the winner. If you've more money to spend, the Intel i7 will perform better.

What about motherboards?

Changes too frequently for me to give advice right now.

Can I re-use my HDDs from my current computer?

Are they SATA? If so, yes. If they're PATA, yes but it's not worth it.
You will want to reformat and reinstall.

I assume re-using my DVD drive is no problem.

If it's PATA, you'll need to make sure the motherboard has a PATA port.

Any other tips will be most welcome.

Program compatibility is a crapshoot. It's pretty good, but there will be failures. When I upgraded, my old Nikon Capture 4 wouldn't work. I needed to upgrade to NX2 anyway. There were other, less important, programs that didn't work as well. They're not important enough to remember.

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Yes, the upgrade to 64-bit can pose compatibility issues.

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skyglider Veteran Member • Posts: 4,654
Re: Upgrading to 64 Bit

landscaper1 wrote:

I'm about ready to upgrade to a 64 bit PC, but I have no idea what I need to look for in specs. I'm not the sort to just buy what someone's selling. I like to make sure all the pieces are of a quality I feel I can trust.

What kind of Intel CPU is desirable?

Intel i5 is fine for photography work.

What about motherboards?

Depends on what peripherals you want to use. Do you want to use graphics integrated into the mobo or a plug-in graphics card? If you have any IDE HDDs or optical drives, you can get a mobo with an IDE port (hard to find but they exist). Do you want an eSATA port? Regarding USB ports, you should only get a mobo that supports USB3 at this point. If you want to view video on your flat screen TV set, then get a mobo with a built-in HDMI connector. Mobo will have to match the CPU you select of course. After you decide the above, go to newegg.com or amazon and check the user reviews.

Can I re-use my HDDs from my current computer?

If your current HDDs are IDE, then you can buy a motherbd that has one IDE port along with a bunch of SATA ports. You will be able to install up to 2 IDE units (HDD or optical drive) on the one IDE port.

If your current HDDs are all SATA, then any motherbd will work.

I assume re-using my DVD drive is no problem.

See above

Any other tips will be most welcome.

Be sure the mobo has 4 ram slots. Some mobos have only 2 ram slots. My view is that integrated graphics is fine for photo and video editing, as long as you don't play games. If you are going to reuse an existing monitor, verify that the mobo has the proper port to connect to that monitor. FWIW, all of the software from my 32 bit WinXP PC works on my i5-2500K PC running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits on an Asus P8H67-V mobo. MS Word 2000 had a minor problem but there is a fix for that so now it runs perfectly.

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