I've been putting it off for too long. I need to upgrade some stuff on my computer. I built my PC about 4 years ago using most of the same hardware in the the first Tested PC Build video. At the time I needed a 32-bit OS to run the version of Pro Tools (audio engineering program which would not work on a 64-bit windows OS because Avid hates the PC and home studio people or did). Now I absolutely need more RAM to do what I currently want to do on my computer which means switching from 32-bit to 64-bit.
Aside from gaming, I use my PC for all sorts of creative work, such as audio engineering, video editing, and game design. So this upgrade will really benefit me.
Apparently the process isn't too painful, but I don't want to fuck it up and am looking for suggestions. Clearly I need to backup my data, but my computer has multiple harddrives. Do I only need to backup the stuff that's on the drive that holds the OS? If so, what about the file (ie games, save files, music, etc) that are installed on the other drives?
My brother suggested that I should just get a new harddrive and install to that just to be safe, but my entire budget for this current upgrade is only about 200 bucks and I'd rather spend that getting a nice big chuck of memory (like 16 gb.)
On the topic of RAM, do you guys have any suggestions? DDR3 type RAM is what fits in the motherboard.