Should I toss this new build and start over?

I would appreciate any help with this setup. I got in too deep with this thinking I could just slap some random stuff together. It boots up but the performance is worse than my one year old laptop. I paid dearly for this with both my time and humiliation(I don't even want to think about the money).

Issues Im having are:
1: The OCZ SSD, is it too small for windows 7 64 boot drive? If so, what can I use it for?
2. The timings on this memory, I cant get them to anything close to 1600.
3. Video card defaults to 127 mhz engine settings and 300 memory(maddening)

When I installed the OS from previous purchase of windows family pack(came with 3 licenses)it wont activate based on violation of eula. I only used the product on ONE computer.

In device manager there is about 15 usb mass storage devices and I didn't install any usb mass storage devices.
What would you recommend I configure the storage situation. I have my WD(1TB) 7200rpm, A seagate(500GB) 7200rpm and the OCZ. I can set to AHCI, IDE or Raid in the bios. Raid I don't have a controller.

The memory is an enigma to me as I didn't see the models listed @GSKILLS M#F3-12800-CL9D-4GBNQ (4 each)

Or should I just toss it?

Antec Nine Hundred + EA650 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 650W Power Supply

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
2@($109.99 ea)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Logitech G15 USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX

MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa 120mm Long life CPU Cooler

OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 

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  1. 1) The OCZ shouldn't be too small - I'm running it fine with 7, Office, Firefox, drivers, and a few other things...
    2) Not sure about this, what voltages and latencies are you using?
    3) That is because it is underclocking due to the fact that it is not needed. It should ramp up when you put it under load.

    You have a very, very nice build, no need to toss it.
  2. I didn't think it would take 2 days to build. When I load games(spades on Hardwood) it lags like a monster. I never had that problem. Everything else is on default optimum from the bios. I have the FSB swithch on the MOBO turned to 20%. Is there such thing as burning in a system, like a car?

    I wouldn't toss it, but I sure do have a lot of respect for builders. I should've researched more. I never would have bought a 13 inch video card for a micro board
  3. The OCZ setup, you installed it with Ide support, AHCI or raid. How do you keep it organized as far as changing the directories targeted for default installations and such?
  4. Best answer
    ^ Well, it sounds like it would be best to start fresh. Install your OS on the SSD and then download your drivers. You can also put your browser and office suite on there if you like. Then format your WD and put your games and media on it. I don't put any games on my OCZ, but there is room for maybe one.
  5. As for your RAM, have you set the timings to 9-9-9-24-2T, and the voltage to 1.5V? If you can't achieve 1600MHz with four modules though, I'm not too surprised, apparently the Phenom II memory controllers cannot handle four sticks of RAM running at 1600MHz, only at 1333MHz.
  6. You can configure Win7 to put "my documents", "my photos", "my music" and so forth on your mechanical hard drive and save some space on the SSD.
  7. Best answer selected by godamajin.
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