By tomorrow I should have everything to build. Hopefully everything will go smoothly. I am going to use http://www.pcmech.com/byopc/step/1/ as my guide unless someone has a better idea. What I'm not 100% sure is how to test the system. I was thinking that I should use the software in wusy's overclocking guide for the initial build as well.
I did not buy a floppy drive, will that make it more difficult? (in a pinch I can remove the floppy from my other computer but I'd rather not have 2 machines in pieces 8O ).
The HDD is a 320 Gig drive. Does it make sense to partition it? Is so what would be a recommended partition?
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To benchmark your system I recommend 3D Mark 05 Pro. As for overclocking, there is a seperate part of this forum dedicated to overclocking. If you can't find what you're looking for, Google your CPU on overclocking and if you get a result at overclockersonline then check it out. Otherwise use the standard BIOS options on overclocking and then compute a table for the values as they relate to each other: Voltage, HTT, Multiplier, Clock Speed that sort of thing.
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