This is my first time building a computer. I have replaced a CPU, Power Supply, Mobo and RAM before in my existing computer after they have broke. What I am mainly looking for are any possible oversights that a new builder may be missing.
Are there conflicts with the RAM not being supported with the mobo?
Any suggestions on whats a good thermal paste to use for your CPU?
Does my new rig setup allow for some overclocking?
I have never overclocked anything before but I was mainly wanting to buff up my CPU speed (at some point) with the aftermarket cpu heat sink to above 3.0 ghz as safely as I could with just the case fans and cpu sink.
I also may use a second video card so I wanted to make sure that my power supply was going to have enough juice to support added peripherals.
-COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower
-MSI X58 Eclipse SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
-Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
-SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
-Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
-G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
-SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F
-Creative 70SB046A00000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series
-Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit
- Thermaltake V1 Max-Performance CPU Cooler with Massive 110mm Blue LED Full-Range Variable Speed Fan Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition & Core i7 Ready LGA 1366 CL-P0401
Thank you for taking the time to look at my thread and provide feedback.
Also, I have been debating on if I should go with Vista Home Premium 64bit or stay with XP64? I mainly use my computer to play games and I know that not a lot of games and software take advantage of a 64bit OS but I would like to future proof myself as much as passable.
Are there issues with the new Core i7 and/or X58 chipsets running on XP versus Vista?
Are there limits to the amount of RAM that the OS will actually recognize and use in vista64 or xp64?
I know these are lots of questions but I'm looking for as much info as I can before I order the parts. I'm looking at buying these parts very soon (like before Christmas).