Years upon years of upgrading into the same desktop case has left me with a system on the edge of fragility;
Athlon XP3200, VT600MB with VIA chipset, 3 Hard Drives + CDrom, 1GB (cheap) RAM, all PCI slots full bar 1, NVidia5700 AGP, Numerous USB periferals etc etc. WindowsXP.
Since fitting the Athlon 3200 I was getting problems from overheating so I fitted an extra fan on the VIA Northbrige, set the memory timings in the BIOS to Normal and added an extrctor fan to the empty PCI slot. This reduced the crashing problems condiderably at the expense of an incredible increase in noise! Sadra reports the CPU at 38c and the MB at 40c. But its still not fully sable.
However, I could hear the fans struggling at times and susupected that my old PSU was no longer sufficient and have just replaced it with an Antec 480w unit which has a second fan on the side of it. Now the fans run consistanly BUT the new PSU cooks itself up to 60C and because its positioned close to two of the hard drives and CD they seem be getting hot enough to fry eggs on. After long sessions the CDROM also goes crazy and the disks come out of it far too hot for my liking.
I cant change to a tower case because of space and the wife!
My PC shop says I cant switch to Intel because I would have to reformat my drive and reinstall Windows which I realy do not wish to do mainly because of all the software I’ve bought but no longer have serial numbers etc.
Any ideas? If I bought a completely new PC is it possible to network the two initialy and copy everything over to the new one: Software, regitry entries and serial numbers and have it up and running like my old one?