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papi1248

New Member
Joined
Jul 8, 2016
Hi can someone help me with this. So I have 2x 2TB hard drives already and they are running out of space cuz games and other stuff. I bought my computer from HP and I upgraded my gpu from geforce gt 620 to gtx 970 and to a 600 watt power supply. the computer came with windows 8 originally then I upgraded to windows 8.1 and then now I have windows 10 free upgraded. But now the issue is the space, I don't want to delete my games so I want to get a full sshd or maybe a regular hard drive with extra 4tb and I want to get 500gb ssd for operating system and couple of games like skyrim, fallout 4 and etc cuz I mod them and I want faster load times with those games. So what I need help with is with clean install my operating system from my oem hard drive to a new ssd without buying a windows 10 product key which if I wanted I can get the oem windows 10 product key for like $25 but I don't want to spend money on it. Also I will be backing up my games in the new 4tb hard drive and then after installing os I will be distributing the games different hard drives throughout since I will be having 8tb in total which 2x 2tb and 1x 4tb hard drive plus a ssd. Also do I need to add a sata port pcie card to get extra sata port or do I even benefit from have those pcie port compared to usb 2.0/3.0 for gaming and etc.
Also which is better for my case, a regular hard drive or ssd for secondary storage. Will games benefit sshd more and whats the benefit. Also can anyone give me a cheap but good case for good air flow because my current case is really pact since its a hp case lol. if you see the pics of how pact my case is, you will want to shot yourself lol.
For the cases I don't want so spend too much money and I think my whole budget for everything is $350-$400, the less money the better it is.

Here's my specs: I got my PC from HP.
My PC is called HP ENVY h8-1437c
This is my Computer Specs that I have right now in my PC:
Windows 10 Home (64bit)
GPU(graphic card): MSI Nvidia GTX 970 4G Gaming Edition
CPU: Intel core I5-3470 3.20 GHz 4 Cores
12GB of memory
Power Supply:Crosair cx 600
Resolution:1920x1080
2x 2TB hard drive
This is the link to my motherboard:
http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03517380

Heres the pic of my pc which I took when I first install my gpu but just imagine after almost one year worth of dust and the the case lid being closed, which isnt that ad since my pc is still working fine, but still worries me:
https://postimg.org/image/h28vl6pjh/
https://s6.postimg.org/chmp695u9/inside_of_my_pc_gtx_97...
 

trents

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 27, 2008
If you have already upgraded the computer to Windows 10 you can do a clean install of 10 without any product key. Your computer's motherboard is registered with Microsoft and that's what they key on. When you reinstall 10 just skip the part about putting in a product key. It will complete the install and when it is done it will be activated. I do this all the time on my client's computers.
 

JrClocker

AKA: JrMiyagi
Joined
Sep 25, 2015
What he said!

Also, if you are taking your games from 2 hdd to 1 hdd, you will likely have to reinstall some of them as the drive letters will be different.

For my setup, I use an 512 MB SSD (m.2 as my motherboard supports) and a separate 3 TB drive for games.

You can reuse your old 2 TB drives by putting them in a USB enclosure.