Hey bud I have been doing quite a bit of research on that processor and just got mine clocked up to 3.2 Ghz pretty easy. Some key questions need to be answered before I can give you good suggestions though. First of all what are you using the computer for and second of all what is your budget. From there I can give you some good ideas.
August 30, 2008 5:21:59 AM
gaming, media mostly
also for running memory/cpu hungry websphere software for development purpose
With that, probably pick up at least say 4 gigabytes of memory. Are you into heavy gaming or what? If so maybe look into a nice AMD Crossfire motherboard then if you wanted you could grab like an ATI 4870 or 4870 x2 and go crossfire. Just make sure you get a good PSU on something like that. Corsair is supposed to have some good models.
Realistically though, you've spent say 200? If that's the case I think we can find you something.
*EDIT* So you still need monitor and OS and all as well?
For your OS, I would recommend Vista Home premium 64 bit. Maybe a 22 inch widescreen.
August 30, 2008 3:51:15 PM
I spent 179$ on the combo, on sale on newegg!
August 30, 2008 3:59:18 PM
honestly this is my opinion...
4gb of 1066 RAM
Vista Ultimate 64
Raptor Hard drive 300GB (you might wanna check out the new 15k hard drives that just came out)
as for video card you should wait till the ATI 4850 x2 comes out that will be a rockin card otherwise do the 4850 1gb card and go Xfire later down the road if you need more video performance
PSU should be probably be 700-800 watt range and I would pay good money for one (you get what you pay for when it comes to PSU's, read some reviews)
Thats a system that will likely last you for years to come. Goodluck!
If it doesn't even post and you really can't figure out why, I'd suggest you take things apart and put it back together again, just in case you missed out on something (check if you plugged everything correctly).
Something that just came up in my mind, check whether you connected the monitor to the right video card. If you plug the monitor to the onboard video when the 4850 is installed, you're not going to get any signal. I'm pretty sure you aren't that careless, but just checking.
You can even take out the 4850 for now and see if the computer posts with the onboard video.