I'm attempting my first system build for christmas. I picked up a couple items from new egg on black friday and then today snagged a couple more items. Pics are fun so here we go
First I purchased a Cooler Master HAF 922
The deal was good and I liked the space it provided.
Same day I got an Antec True Power 750 watt power supply.
Also a good deal and from some reviews its a decent power supply.
I was then deciding on a graphics card, unfortunately I wasn't set on one during the big price break times, so if there was a deal on a 5850 I missed it. As you can tell, I've decided on a 5850 and pulled the trigger on it tonight since it was in stock at newegg.
A second is in the future possibly, but until I get the career rolling it will have to wait a bit.
Then I grabbed a Xigmatek Dark Night for the processor along with some arctic silver
So that leaves me with a few important items left to buy. I will be getting an i7 920 from MicroCenter hopefully this weekend, so that is set. Though that leaves my motherboard and ram undecided.
Personally I'm stuck between an ASRock X58 Extreme and Asus P6T, ram won't be too hard of a decision and mostly depend on the motherboard and how cheap I can get it.
I'm open to all opinions on this system and if you have any experience with either motherboard please do chime in.
I'd go with the ASRock because price is important, but I just see too many RMA's in the reviews with new egg it really makes me wonder if the extra cash will be well spent with the Asus.
1st off, the noobs in newegg reviews aren't professionals with 10+ years of computer building experience. Most of 'em are noobs. Some don't even know what they're talking about.
Every board has pros & cons. As long as it's not defective or DOA and the parts are compatible, it will POST. However, whether you can achieve a crazy-s overclock done by some elite B's with a cascade phase change unit or custom pot + LN2 is another story.
If it were me, I'd get the ASRock. It's a unit of ASUS that makes budget boards. The Extreme is no budget.
Trying to install windows 7 64 bit for the last couple of hours and can't get the install to finish. It freezes once it has to "expand windows files", I never reach any completion rate and feel like I have something setup incorrectly in the bios with my hard drive.
I'm not running raid, can't afford it right now, lol.
Thanks for any help
I need to add more info, sorry about that.
I am able to get a single beep from the motherboard, so that is good news.
I have moved the ram around and it appears to work in white slots, but when using 1 stick only in a blue slot, the computer wouldn't boot.
I can't get passed expanding windows files, copying windows files goes quickly, but then everything locks up and the computer starts to randomly reboot itself.
I'm going to RMA the board and talk to newegg people tomorrow morning, hopefully they will let me return this board and put the money towards a different board. I feared this type of thing would happen and after running every test and trying for 8 hours yesterday, I'm done with this board.