My first build and my ?s

okay so these are the specs for the computer I'm planning to build

OS: Windows XP Pro SP2 64-bit

CPU: Intel Core i7 920

MB: ASUS P6T Deluxe


RAM:OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD640


DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe

Power Supplies: Antec EA650 650W

Case: Antec 900

Monitor: Acer X163WbWM 15.6" Widescreen LCD Monitor -


now for my questions

1.most important question, with 650W is it enough or is my pc gogin to overheat and blow up? and i only plan on mild overclocling

2. the ram is 6gb, is that a lil overboard and should i just go with a 4gb

3. until win 7 comes out i plan to stick with xp, as you can see i plan on using a sp2 64 bit, cause i thought "the i7 920 can handle it why not?" even tho it cost way more then just a simple xp 32 bit, whats the major difference?

4. should i get another WD 640?
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  1. 1) It's enough
    2)6GB is good. Not overboard
    3)XP SP264-bit is good, but you will have no luck finding drivers for anything.
    4)640GB is more than enough. You can always get another one later on.
  2. 1) Your PSU is fine as the Antec Earth Watts PSUs are of very good quality

    2) For an i7 systems it's best to go with the 6GB so you can run it in tripple channel. 4GB would run in dual channel and thus lower performance

    3) XP x64 has issues. If you're willing to deal with them go for it.

    4) If you are going to run it in RAID and really do have that much crap that you need two of those, then sure go for it.
  3. 3) XP 64 bit as mentioned before has been known for tons of problems,soi would go for the 32 bit and haveabout 3.5 effective memory and wait for 7 64 bit. And be sure to upgrade to SP3 IMMEDIATELY, if you do go for 64 bit and have problems, MS won't help unless you have SP3

    everything else is good.
  4. If cost is the limiting factor preventing you from using Vista x64 until Win7 goes GA on Oct 22nd. Then one possibility is using Windows Server 2008 evaluation legally for 240days (or indefinitely....). Once converted to workstation it's the same as Vista SP1 except no builtin Bluetooth support nor Vista Media Center. Everything else is compatible.

    Before I got my Technet Plus subscription I was running Server 2008 on all my computers including laptops. Basically it was free legal Vista for me. ;)

    All your other questions answered by JDV28 is exactly that. Nothing more, nothing less.
  5. Windows Server 2008? Didn't know it was good. Btw Marius, how is the V8?
  6. hmm well thanks for the heads up regarding the 64bit, actually i 'm relieved the CD is $129
    and it kinda went against my idea of building a high quality PC for as little as possible.

    and the reason I'm sticking with xp till win 7 come out is because i don't like vista, i hear it has compatibility problems with a lot of programs and it's not worth the hassle with win 7 coming out

    as for the second WD 640 i only asked about getting another one because i was looking on some places when i was searching for good parts and i saw a couple ppl mentioned having two of them

    @JDV28 my V8 is a V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
  7. Quote:
    i hear it has compatibility problems with a lot of programs and it's not worth the hassle with win 7 coming out

    People say outrageous things about Vista all the time, even now. Unbelievable!
    Since the introduction of Vista SP1, almost all driver and compatibility issues had been eliminated. Which was what plagued Vista (and its reputation) when it was first released back in very early 2007.

    The rule is; if it doesn't work on Vista then it won't work on Win7 either.
    Win7/Server 2008 R2 is updated kernel of Vista/Server 2008. NT6 -> NT6.1
    Much like Win2K -> XP
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