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Hoihe

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Ahoy!

I'm looking to buy a new hard drive to both upgrade my permanent memory and to possibly avoid a critical hardware failure, since it's quite an ancient piece of a winchester. I also seek to upgrade my DDR2 RAM, even if to the same capacity, out of a wish to avoid another age-based failure.
It may also yet be the fix to what I brought up in my two other topics. [I'll seek to also purchase a proper 64 bit system, but I think hardware's more important than upgrading from my 32bit Win XP for now]

My current PSU is an Chieftec iArena 500W GPA-500S8, and I'm not sure how much it can handle.

My Motherboard is a MSI MS-7369
My current HDD is a: 149GB SAMSUNG HD161HJ (SATA)
Speccy data on it:

Manufacturer SAMSUNG
Business Unit/Brand Desktop
Business Unit Type Spinpoint F1 DT
Model Capacity For This Specific Drive 1.6TB
Heads 16
Cylinders 19 457
Tracks 4 961 535
Sectors 312 576 705
SATA type SATA-II 3.0Gb/s
Device type Fixed
ATA Standard ATA/ATAPI-7
Serial Number S0V3J9BPB41667
LBA Size 48-bit LBA
Power On Count 2294 times
Power On Time 607,7 days
Features S.M.A.R.T., APM, AAM, NCQ
Transfer Mode SATA II
Interface SATA
Capacity 149 GB
Real size 160 041 885 696 bytes
RAID Type None


Using this format since Sysspec doesn't say the HDD the PC has from what I've seen.

Rammon RAM report: Attached File  RAMMon - SPD Info.txt   22.93KB   31 downloads

Speccy entire-system report: Attached File  DACINO-97DFC5BD.txt   91.16KB   696 downloads

I'm looking for any RAM pair that is decent and is at least 4 GB of memory but not too expensive (~50 dollar price is okay, 70 max).
And I'm looking for a fitting Hard Drive that I can replace my current one with. Target memory is at least 500 GB, but a Terabyte is welcome. Once again, I'm looking for a budget variant. If I can pull of both with under ~150$ expenditure, it'd be great.

Thanks in advance!
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phillpower2

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Hello Hoihe

I wouldn`t trust that PSU as it only put out 396W when tested, see here

HDD

Use the Crucial system scanner tool to find the best recommended Ram for your system, no need to purchase from there, write down the details and shop around for the best deal http://www.crucial.c...ner/?click=true let us know what is suggested and we can also look for you.
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Gday.
To get prices for the RAM, > http://pcpartpicker....parts/partlist/
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I havn't got much idea on what to look for in RAM. These two seem identical to me, and the price is the same as well. I see that one has a higher clock speed:

http://www.crucial.c...6AEC888A5CA7304
http://www.crucial.c...F883AEBA5CA7304

I wonder if there're any Hungarians on this forum, for I'm one and I believe a Hungarian could give the best purchase advice.

On the HDD, it seem pretty nice from what I understand. The Hungarian pricing seems reasonable as well.

Edited by Hoihe, 29 December 2013 - 10:15 PM.

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iammykyl

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Gday.
As the prices are close, get the faster RAM will give you a little more performance.
This is your MB page, > http://www.msi.com/p...?div=TestReport
This is the RAM QVL list, Ram that has been tested on the Board. > https://docs.google....t/TR10_1243.pdf

I wonder if there're any Hungarians on this forum,

Did a search in the members list, non have their location as Hungary.



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I'll see if I can find them at a decent price in my region.

I wonder how difficult getting the new HDD into my case will be. I've always had issues with the cables being impossible to remove..
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I wonder how difficult getting the new HDD into my case will be. I've always had issues with the cables being impossible to remove.

If the SATA cable has a metal locking clip, depress it and pull the cable straight out. If no locking clip, it just pulls straight out. The SATA power cable normally just pulls out but can be very tight. There are a very few plugs that have to be squeezed to release them.
To be safe, you should backup any DATA required before starting.


Make sure to unplug the PSU and the monitor cable.
Open both sides of the case.
Take anti static measures.
The HDD can be latched in, or held in place with 4 screws. you must support the drive before removing all the screws as it could just drop on to other parts.
If the cables are long enough, connect them before instilling the new drive.

> http://www.data-r-us...connectors.html
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Solved, all work perfectly. A bit late, but took a while to gather. Thanks for poiting'em out!


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Glad to hear that you are all sorted and thanks for the follow up Hoihe  :thumbsup:


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