Thinking of building a new computer and would appreciate ANY comments on my proposed build. If there are any components that don't play well together, or you just think are bad choices, please let me know (even down to the case!):
Ok, cool...thank you! So the Crucial memory should be ok? Or do you have a better option?
I just want to be triple sure before purchasing everything. My current build has had problems since day one and no one seems to be able to nail down what's wrong. It kills hard drives, hehe. Changed PSU, got a battery backup just in case it was a voltage issue, reinstalled Win7 multiple times. My 2nd hard drive with only Starcraft 2 on it now says it needs to be formatted.
Been through a LOT of troubleshooting, but the only thing left it really could be is either the Mobo or CPU. Better to just start from scratch!
^Note that the mobo linked by mosox does not support CF, where the one in your OP does; if you plan on getting a pair of AMD cards, you don't want the one listed above. If that isn't important to you, you should get the one listed above, as it has more up-to-date features (SATA 6Gb/s, USB3.0, etc).
I think I will go with the Asus mobo. I want to make sure I have a decent psu, too. Is the Rosewill psu I listed decent? Any suggestions for better for around the same price? Thanks for the suggestions so far, everyone.
Also, should I get some thermal compound (Arctic Silver?) or just leave it with what comes with the processor?Is it only really necessary if you plan to overclock? Any suggestions?
I want to do this right. Thanks!!
I don't plan to OC; don't know enough to play around with critical settings. Am I good w/o the paste, or is it still advisable? I think my brother-in-law used it when he built his, but, if it's overkill and just another thing that could go wrong, I'm cool leaving it out.
Also, I think I'll stick with the 90GB drive. Games and other big software will go on the other drives, but I'll probably put all the little utilities, browsers, mail, etc, on the SSD. I just can't afford a larger SSD now. Later, I'll get a second to put games, etc. on and do away with the spinning drives.