Upgrade purchase and assistance, CPU clean up help needed

  bonany 15:56 09 May 2013

I'm looking at upgrading an old PC and reset it to factory settings leaving only windows on there. Can anybody help me do this? I have Windows Vista but I don't have the disks, is there a way to wipe the hard drive leaving only windows installed on it?

Also I'm looking to purchase upgrades for the processor and video card. But I don't know where to look to get stuff i know will fit onto the motherboard.

Current specs:

Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ Video card: GeForce 7900 GS

The mother board model is: AV8 (VIA K8T800P-8237)

If anybody could help a man that doesn't really know what he's doing that would be most appreciated.


  bonany 16:44 09 May 2013

ok i can see nobody is really down with talking about this old mobo, can anyone just tell me what the best video card and processor might be i can get for the abit av8?

  retep888™ 16:59 09 May 2013

1.Download SIW click here & look for your Vista product key under Licence.

2.Download a Vista iso & burn to a DVD click here ,you'll just need the 32bit i.e. x86 file.Use it to reinstall Vista & reactivate with the product key.

3.The best 939 Socket CPU you can get for this board is x4800 click here

4.The 7900GS isn't bad but if you want the best then click here for Ati HD4670 AGP

It's up to you to decide if it's worth doing it. :)

  csqwared 17:14 09 May 2013


Without the disks for Vista I think you're on a non-starter. If the machine came with Vista pre-installed you should have installation disc/s or there should be part of the HD partitioned enabling a return to factory settings. Normally you use a particular key sequence to access the latter.

The only way I am aware of to upgrade a CPU is to install a better one, you can't use software to do as you can with the mobo, graphic cards etc. Your mobo supports socket 939 which, as far as I'm aware, have been phased out.

If you know which make/version of video card you have you can usually get upgrades from the manufacturers website under support but in view of the foregoing might be a bit of a time waste.

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