Upgrading from AMD to Intel. Complete rebuild?

Messiah

Well-known Member
Hi all, I'm upgrading my HTPC from a XP2000 to a P4 3GHZ with new Mobo, CPU and memory, retaining all drives.

Will I have to do a complete rebuild, reloading OS and all S/W or can I just do a mobo driver upgrade? Thanks.
 

lutonian

Member
hiya, i have more or less the same spec as yourself. i built it up and found out that it wouldn't boot properly, so i reinstalled all the software too. probably to best to to this to avoid any potential future issues.
 

KraGorn

Novice Member
Not sure if you'll have to re-install Windows, it'll detect the new mobo and re-install all the chipset drivers .. if you're lucky it'll be okay, though IMX it's also possible it'll fail to boot because the low-level drivers needed to get the system running don't like the new hardware.

If it's XP it'll certainly need re-activating.
 
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Kramer

Guest
I'd recommend a clean install after a mainboard change. Too many drivers etc. hanging around if not.

:smoke:
 

Messiah

Well-known Member
OK, thanks all. Have to make sure I know everything that's on it so I can re-install. A ful day's job me thinks due to dual screens etc. :(
 
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matthewmartin

Guest
I agree with all the above but would add that it's best to reinstall your current os disk for a few days at least to make sure all the new hardware works properly together AND it gives you a chance to download and burn all the patches and updates for them before you start with a fresh install meaning you are down for the least amount of time.

Betcha can't with XP though what with Bill watching your every move, but any other OS should be OK.

Just my tupenny's worth

Matt
 

rhinoman

Well-known Member
Got to agree with Kramer, much as XP will probably sort out the drivers, bits left behind will hinder a HTPC's stability, especially moving from Athlon to Pentium.
 
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mrtonywade

Guest
just a question ????? why are you switching to pentium???(intel)
why not upgrade your amd setup
 

Messiah

Well-known Member
Because I'm fed up of the way AMD try and fool the public into thinking their processors are faster than they actually are, by their chip naming. Also, current mobo will not take faster processor anyway so decided to go the Intel route.
 
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mrtonywade

Guest
this could be totally wrong, but i thought that amd graded there cpu,s on there conpairable speed with the intel offering????
 

Messiah

Well-known Member
Don't know but my XP2000 is nowhere near as fast as my P4 2GHz. The latter will play 720p Hi-Def WMV clips no problems at all whereas on the XP2000 it's like watching a slideshow. Other than that I don't know.

But as I said, as I had to upgrade the Mobo anyway I thought I'd go with the 3GHz Intel.
 
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mrtonywade

Guest
ps do you know what p4 chip your be fitting in your new mobo
 

Messiah

Well-known Member
Should do as it's here ready to go in. It's a P4 "Northwood" 3.0GHz (800FSB) with HT Technology.
 

KraGorn

Novice Member
Originally posted by Messiah
Because I'm fed up of the way AMD try and fool the public into thinking their processors are faster than they actually are, by their chip naming.
Intel are adopting a 'PR'-type designation in future they recently announced. :D Read about it here.
 

lutonian

Member
i'm am amd man myself, but the intel (p4 3ghz 800fsb, 512ram, 9600 with 256megs, audigy2, wifi) box i've built now allows me to use the resize filter in fddshow and run 720/1080 clips/films with ease. you've made a wise choice sir.

anyone out there tried a 64bit amd chip yet for their htpc???
 
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Kramer

Guest
Originally posted by lutonian
anyone out there tried a 64bit amd chip yet for their htpc???
Nope but can't really see any benefit yet - no 64 bit OS (apart from the free beta from MS) or software.

Having said that, my laptop has a 64 bit CPU (3000+) & runs 720p material quite happily with very low CPU load. Even on the battery & running at 800mHz, it just drops a very ocassional frame.

Haven't tried it under XP 64 bit edition - will do later.

:smoke:
 
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mrtonywade

Guest
Originally posted by KraGorn
Intel are adopting a 'PR'-type designation in future they recently announced. :D Read about it here.
its about time, now maybe some poeple will understand that clock speed isnt the be all and end all
 

rhinoman

Well-known Member
its about time, now maybe some poeple will understand that clock speed isnt the be all and end all
absolutly, just try a 2.4 celeron in the same mb and config as a p4 2.4 800 fsb, chalk and cheese!
 

Messiah

Well-known Member
Well, after a day of head scratching and lots of swearing I finally managed to get the PC up and 80% configured by 2am this morning.

The brand new Kingston DDR memory decided it did not want to play ball with the motherboard (took all day to find out it was the memory causing all the crashes and hangs :( ). Set everything up using the old 256MB stick and, following a BIOS update (never before been as easy as this Asus Live Update feature :) ), put in a replacement 512MB DDR (2 x 256MB matched sticks) and all seems now to be running just fine.

1080i Hi-Def runs perfectly without even breaking a sweat (CPU at 36C with cover off) so so far very pleased (apart from the wasted day).

Now just gotta check that other pair of memory sticks again in case it was the BIOS update that fixed it.
 

Messiah

Well-known Member
Not sure the difference is as great now. £20 difference between a AMD 3200 Barton and Intel 3GHz Northwood. At these levels I think (personal opinion) it's horses for courses now.
 

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