So I have finally put my uncertainties aside and have decided to try my hand at building my own pc...I have very limited knowledge about computers, but after a decent amount of research I have come up with this system :
LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $109
I have heard that xfi xtreme gamer sound cards have problems with vista and so I am going to wait until better drivers come out and use on-board sound for now.
Now this is a rig that i want to OC at some point, i will probably try to just get it together and get it running stable for a little while and then try my hand at OC'ing. One thing I am worried about with oc'ing is the cooling. Also I really dont know much about the proper voltage and tweaking needed for OC'ing. Any good online guides out there?
I have also chosen the ASUS mobo instead of the EVGA one because newegg reviews said that ASUS' manual is very comprehensive and easier to install (simple and easy is a must for me at this point).
I plan on running the HD's on a raid-o configuration....if i can get it set up correctly that is. Does anyone have any experience with setting up a raid configuration on vista? how does that work? Do the drivers and everything come on the disk?
Lastly, I am a gamer, playing cs source at the moment while waiting for other games to come out. i want this computer to have optimum performance on source and be able to run future games on high settings as well. Just somethign to keep in mind when critiquing this build.
So i really just want feedback/suggestions considering that I am really new to all this and im sure your guys' knowledge far exceeds mine.
The Tuniq Tower and PC-7B are kinda incompatable. The hsf fits in the case fine, but the speed control thing for the fan does fit in the expansion slot where it's suppost to reside, the knob is too big. My solution was just to destory the speed controller with a hammer and run the fan at full RPM all the time, which isnt really a problem, since it's quiet. Besides that the PC-7B is an awesome case, well built, easy to insall components in, and the black, anodized aluminium looks awesome.
One of the best C2D oc'ing guides is by Wusy, and can be found here.