G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2682-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
a 500gb hard drive from my old alienware
a 64gb SDD
a Cougar 700w power supply
Now my big issue is that it takes as long as 5 min sometimes to boot windows. And this AMD processor is a huge jump from my 3 yr old i3 that came with the alienware yet my programs are taking much longer to load. I also keep getting an error message from the Catalyst Control Center that it is not compatible with the enabled graphics adapter.
I nave updated the bios, updated or reinstalled all major drivers, wiped the old drivers, and have done everything short of wiping the system and starting over. any advice would be greatly appreciated, i would hate to have spent nearly 1k for nothing
well first problem is Catalyst control Center is for AMD video card and your EVGA GTX680 is an Nvidia card.
Goto nvidia.com and download the new drivers for your video card.
As far as booting into Windows you might have a bad install.
What company makes your hard drive?
Ok I would reinstall Windows, leave the seagate unplugged until after you got windows installed on SSD.
Yes it is a pain to redo all the work you did but want to make sure your install is good first. Sometimes if you have 2 hard drives in windows will try to install on both. Had a problem once my self. I forgot to unplug second drive and it had some issues.