1. Are there any compatibility issues? I'm particularly interested in whether or not the RAM will work with the P5W, as I've heard that ASUS boards are picky with RAM.
2. I was planning to put my OS and programs on the Raptor and use the Seagate for my data. Should I partition either of them, or will they be fine without partitions?
3. How easy is it to remove the upper drive cage on the p180? I'm guessing I would need to remove it to get the 8800GTX to fit. I was also going to put an intake fan there too.
Well thanks for reading all that, I'm sure you guys are tired of these "help me!" threads, but I guess I gotta start somewhere. So...how well did I do picking out parts? Is it alright or do I need to go back to the drawing board? Any better recommendations? Thanks in advance!
Good catch, 31. Jug; you have one IDE, one SATA-150 and the DVD is SATA, which is always SATA-150. It would work, but better to get 2 sata-300 drives. DVD will be fine, they do not use the thoughput that HDs do.
Alright, the P5W board has 6 SATA ports in its specs (I can only find 5 in the picture though, I'm sure that last one is there somewhere). So I should be alright with 2 SATA hard drives (one SATA-150 and on SATA-300) and a SATA DVD burner, right?
I'm sorry about being so persistent about this, but this is my first build and I'd rather not goof up before I even get my hands on the parts.
BB_One is correct here: SATA devices do not influence eachother, so a NCQ SATA-300 drive stays just as fast when a non-NCQ SATA-150 drive is added.
By the way, the "PATA rule" you mention was mostly only a myth too: different speeds of PATA drives can easily be mixed on the same cable, as long as you use the fastest drive as the Master.
The only problem is that in some cases it is not a good idea to mix HDDs and opticals (CD/DVD) on one cable, because there could be some incompatibilities between them, causing performance to drop. But in most cases this is not a problem either and on different cables, but still on the same controller, there is never a problem of course.
^^ Awesome, I was hoping that would be the answer to my question.
In regards to my 3rd question about the p180 case, I went to my local CompUSA. They had the non-black version, but I looked at the case, and it looks like I only have to unscrew one screw to remove the upper hard drive cage.
I would like to begin ordering some time next week, so any more comments, especially about any compatibility issues, would be extremely welcome.
Ok, now it seems from what you guys said, my "proposed" build looks alright. However, I've been reading and it looks like Intel's quad core processors are gonna drop in price a lot by the end of the year. Specifically, I've heard that the Q6600 might hit $266 by September.
Now, if I wanted to switch out to a quad-core then, would I have to change anything with the system? Specifically, would the 620 watt power supply be enough for a quad-core processor or should I look into something a little more future-proof?
Also, would Windows require reactivation if I change processors? Thanks again for taking the time to help me.
Should be a swap-and-drop on the CPUs, assuming BIOS supports it, which it should by then.
Antec P180......one screw to remove hard drive cages, that is correct. Very good placement and easy to use. The screw does NOT support the cage, it simply prevents its removal. So remove the screw, pull out the cage.....cages are on rails, very nice and smooth to go. The tower is a "super mid-tower".....bigger than most mid-towers, but not as big as a full tower. Can fit 7 or 8 hard drives, space for opticals, etc. Very nice, very quiet, very sleek. But cable management is a PAIN, that is the tradeoff for the other great features......not for the feint of heart. An example of what I consider good P180 cable management.....of course I'm biased
Yeah, from what I've seen and read, removing the top hard drive cage should give the GTX plenty of clearance.
I've read up on Windows Validation processes and it seems that Windows checks for old hardware. If it hasn't been changed, it gives a yes, and Windows requires 7 yes's to proceed, otherwise it won't require any action.
So, you guys think I'll be alright with the Corsair HX620 PSU for a quad core with a some room for future upgrades? Or should I be looking at some bigger PSU's?
I'm thinking about purchasing soon, and was wondering, considering everything that was brought up, if I was good to go or not? I'm in no hurry, so I won't mind if I have to edit my parts list, but I would really like to be able to order soon.