If you will be using 32-bit Win XP or 32-bit Vista, you will likely only be able to use about 3GB of the RAM due to memory addressing limits. 64-bit Vista (or another 64-bit OS) will allow you to use all 4GB of RAM, but will likely mean more software and/or driver compatibility problems. The 64-bit OS driver & software issues should be mostly sorted out by the end of the year, so I would hold off on buying the 2nd GB of RAM, or just buy 3GB of RAM (2x1GB and 2x512MB).
honestly I have never messed with overclocking, I have heard about it, but I just started to get really serious about going in to computer repair and building computers...so I really don't know how...If I were what would you advise for my system.
I am going to be using this for mostly gaming, but I will also do some recording projects too....so just give me your opinions about it.
I am trying to not go over $3000.
Why go with the 975x board if you're not going with a crossfire setup? You may be happier with the AB9 Pro, it's also $50 cheaper! You could also get the Quad GT 965 mobo, about the same price as your max.
Go with a Windows XP version and redeem your coupon for free Vista upgrade. This way you could get up and running with a system that has few bugs, and you can upgrade to Vista in a few months, after they get all the bugs worked out...and there ARE bugs!
Why are you getting a case that has a PS when you're getting the 650w TP3?
get 3 hard drives. 2 small ones to set up in RAID 0....purrrformance! :wink: Your OS and progs go on this array...nothing you want to risk losing forever.
1 larger one to store your data on by itself.
The original case I wanted was sold out at NewEgg.com where I have to get my parts, so I went for this case because of the amount of fans, and the place ment of the fans.
As for the Vista Ultimate Upgrade, true it has its bugs, but the price is not going down for a while and I just want to get it now while I have the money too.... I am able to get me a free licensed cope of Windows XP Professional from my college too. As for the motherboard, I may eventually put to Video Cards in it using the SLI functions of my motherboard, but at the moment I didn't see the need right now... as for the other hard drives how big would you use for RAID 0? I have a 60 GB in the computer I am using now, and I have access to two 40 GB hard drives.
As for the Vista Ultimate Upgrade, true it has its bugs, but the price is not going down for a while and I just want to get it now while I have the money too....
Since you won't use it for at least a year (when the bugs will be worked out and the hardware drivers available), why pay for it now? It won't be any more expensive a year from now.
... As for the motherboard, I may eventually put to Video Cards in it using the SLI functions
Unless you do so in the next few months, you never will, because by that time newer, faster, cheaper video cards will be available and it will be cheaper just to replace your current video card. That is why almost no one actually makes use of SLI/Crossfire in practice.
... and I have access to two 40 GB hard drives.
Don't bother with RAID 0. RAID 1 will give you the same increased-read-throughput benefits, along with built-in backup (via the mirroring).