Hi, I just wanted to make sure before I order it that this build will be compatible. Its my first time building, I've checked about 6 times, but I'm sure theres something I could have missed. (Also, can someone reccomend me a good internal wireless card? Reviews seemed to be very mixed for every damn one on newegg)
Also, I have never installed more than one hard drive. I want to use the 80GB one to install Windows 7 RC, and the other one for games and stuff, so i would just set the 80 as the master and the other as the slave correct?
You will also get alot better performance by getting a seagate 12 series 1TB drive and running everything off of it, that 80GB 10 series is going to give you long slow load times. The 10 series was quick at one time but they are slow by todays standards. Costs less and provides better performance. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and thats a lot of money to spend on a keyboard . Id rather have a bigger monitor and a functional keyboard that cost less
You could probably get the 23.6 inch ASUS if you get a $12 keyboard that you can update when you have a little more $$$$$
also check prices of the ATI 4890 . its a fair bit stronger than the GTX 260 and with a deal or combo you might fit that into your budget
I havent had a really good look through but http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
gives you a better gfx card and saves you a couple of dollars .
Just noticed your comment about setting the HDDs to master and slave. Since, all your drives - the hard disks and the optical disk are SATA (as opposed to IDE) you won't have to worry about jumpers, you just have to plug them in.
If you buy Vista with a free upgrade to 7 you won't have to reformat, just upgrade to 7. Also it's very easy to create a partition, you just select how much space you would like when installing the operating system...
since you will be maiking a clean install the process of partitioning will be pretty obvious and have ZERO risk because you will be smart enough to do it b4 you load any programs on the first OS .
Head to google and type in " dual boot windows 7 " and you have plenty of information about how to set this up without buying a slow old 80 gig hard drive you dont really want or need
Dont worry about the bios, even if you screw it up to the point where it wont boot, pull the battery for 15 seconds, put it back in and you are good to go again. Just write down the settings that work and tinker a bit.
You will find you get really excited when the UPS man rings the door bell, just remember, the main point of building your own is for the joy of it.