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Feedback on my new purchases. 3 Corsair products & 1 Sapphire AMD 6870

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August 27, 2011 3:29:26 PM

Hello you wonderful people. I am so happy to share with you that I have just made the most ridiculous set of purchases in my life:

CASE : CORSAIR 650d (Windows Experience Index Sexiness Rating: 9.8 (Basically the Bat-Mobile of cases.) )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU : CORSAIR AX750w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM : CORSAIR VENGEANCE 16GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU : SAPPHIRE VAPOR X AMD 6870 1GB 256BIT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Came out to like $650 (before the mail-in-rebates that I suspect may never come) or something horrifying like that. You don't want to know what I had to do to get this stuff...jk.

Here's the real joke though...and the reason I have come seeking guidance.

My plan is to move my current computer which is a:

MAKE: HP
MOTHERBOARD: N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (please click link below for a detailed photo and description of the motherboard I'm attempting to move into the new case)
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02...

MODEL: P6710F
WEI:4.2
CPU: 3.0GHz QUAD-CORE AMD ATHLON II X4 640 (WEI: 7.3)
HARDDRIVES: 3x WD CAVIAR BLACK 1TB HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COST: $380 for it (twas on sale and open box at a local Brick'n'Mortar)

...And combine its forces with my new assortment of purchases from Newegg. Can anyone see any problems that I may run into???? I know there's forums and videos all about installing stuff in the 650D, but nothing specifically about my current motherboard. I have never been this intimate with a computer before. Let me assure you I also bought a nifty demagnetized tool set with electromagnetic grounding bracelet which I vow to wear before reaching into the P6710F's most sensitive components. The farthest I've ever gotten is installing a new PSU and my hard drives. I've never done a GPU before.

P.S.

My future plans are to get a rockin motherboard, I7 processor, water cooling, Crossfire...And a big deep-black pyramid made of Obsidian to sit atop the Obelisk-inspired Corsair 650D...At which point I imagine the computer will awaken a sentient being. Its strength will grow the longer one stares into its endless stellar vortex, leaving the viewer drained of their bio-electricity, the shed skin of their former selves.
August 31, 2011 10:07:42 PM

Well it looks like most of this stuff should be compatible. There is some concern that the PCIE x16 slot on my mobo is or is not version 2.0. I still don't really know even after talking to HP support. This could cause problems with the GPU. I am in discussion with Sapphire tech support on that now.

Other than that it looks like I may have some issues reinstalling the operating system if I ever need to. My pre-built desktop computer by HP (The Pavilion P6710F) does not come with operating system discs. I have been told by an HP tech support rep that I wont be able to reinstall a fresh clean install of win7 if I move all the components to the new case,psu,ram,gpu. For example if I ever want to reinstall my copy of Win7 home prem. onto an SSD I think I am totally SOL.
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August 31, 2011 10:27:17 PM

It wont matter if your pci-e slot is version 2.0 or not . The performance difference will be tiny or even non existent

The version of windows HP shipped you is locked to that motherboard , but you should be fine changing the HDD and motherboard to a new case . If you want to you can format and reinstall by using the recovery partition .
Also read this
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=&...

Have you actually opened the HP and looked at the motherboard? It may only have 2 RAM slots
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August 31, 2011 11:19:15 PM

Oh it definitely has 4 slots! According to the mobo website it says it supports up to 16gb. The mobo will bottleneck the ridiculous ram kit I bought though.

I am kinda happy with the mobo/cpu combination as it does score a WEI score of 7.3. I am hoping to have all my components in the semi 7.0 score...Except of course for internal hard drives. Waiting for affordable ssd option there.
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