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I think I killed my computer

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On the plus side this gives me a worthwhile excuse to go ahead with a big old upgrade to AM2 (which I was wanting to do anyway because half my old equipment had at least one thing wrong with it).

The way I killed it was by moving it to a new case, because my old case was so terribly made things like the screw holes for expansion cards didn't line up and I had to use bent wire to hold in my graphics and wireless cards, and my PSU didn't fit in until I took a mallet to the case. I can only assume it's suffered some static damage or something, but I don't see how because I was everso careful

So rather than bothering to fix it, I've ordered and received some components for the new system.

I got:
Athlon 64 X2 4400+ (OEM version)
The new case that was involved in buggering my old computer (Akasa AK-Zen-01 Black, because it looked okay and I was trying not to spend much money. Hah)
Geil Ultra low latency 2Gig dual channel kit (800MHz 4-4-4-12, I think, because it was on offer, and Gig for Gig seemed a damn good deal)
New 160 Gig SATA2 HDD

I was going to transfer my other drives, PSU and graphics card from the old rig, so that just leaves the mobo and heatsink.

For the mobo I was thinking that I'd get the ASRock ALiveNF6G-DVI because it seems to have the best features for that price range:
http://www.asrock.com/product/ALiveNF6G-DVI.htm

For the HSF I actually ordered the Gigabyte 3D Rocket II from OCUK (who just changed their site since this morning, actually), but it arrived all bent to hell and around in cracked packaging, so it's going back and I get a chance to change my mind.
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=HS-007-GI
Quietness is quite important to me for this, and it has a lower edge of 16dB, although they all seems to give lower values than reviewers like frostytech (they said something like 26-65dB, depending on speed.) I noticed that they did have a lot of other good HSFs, as well.

Tell us what you think and make a recommendation on the heatsink, please. Point out any horrible errors, as well.

Preferred stores are:
www.microdirect.co.uk
www.scan.co.uk
and, of course, www.overclockers.co.uk

Cheers all.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Asus M2V Sapphire X1800GTO Geil Ultra 6400, 4x1Gig 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Hitachi, 160 GB Maxtor Benq DVD Rewriter Windows XP Pro SP2 Samsung 740B TFT 
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Logitech EX110 set 580W Hiper Type-M 800dpi 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Hitachi, 160 GB Maxtor Benq DVD Rewriter Windows XP Pro SP2 Samsung 740B TFT 
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A mallet-- you are my kind of computer technician. Sounds like a nice system you are putting together. I'm not as familiar with the Asrock, but it sure seems that the ASUS and DFI mobo's are consistently the best oc'rs. You are getting a better quality Geil and I hope that works, because my lower quality Geil is a POS overclocker. If you can find one - the Tunig Tower is top dog cooler right now by far.
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i7-3770k ASRock z77 Pro 4 Radeon HD 7770 Corsair Vengence 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 240GB, 3 x WD Caviar 320gb RAID 5 Lite-on Lightscribe Water - Mostly Swiftech Windows 7 64bit 
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i7-3770k ASRock z77 Pro 4 Radeon HD 7770 Corsair Vengence 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 240GB, 3 x WD Caviar 320gb RAID 5 Lite-on Lightscribe Water - Mostly Swiftech Windows 7 64bit 
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Dual 17 TFT Logitech Corsair AX750 Antec Twelve Hundred 
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Microsoft Arc Touch 
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Cheers that man (woop). I find it awkward looking at new parts because there's always features I want on other ones that aren't on what I'll end up getting and vise versa. One thing I was looking at is the audio codec, because I'm trying (and in many ways failing) to upgrade on the cheap due to feeling poor (I'm still in a slightly student frame of mind), and so I'm not going to bother getting a sound card. I was under the impression that ALC 888 (on the ASRock) is better than 883 (on practically everything else), but not as good as 885 (which I've yet to see anywhere). I noticed some ASUS boards had some none realtek codecs, but I haven't found any comparisons between them and the others.
So yes. I want good sound.
I was thinking that mobo because it seems more capable for the money you pay as compared to known good OC'ing brands, and, though I do OC, I've never really bothered to push to the limits. On the other hand, despite lacking a window, I do like things to look nice, and DFI look better than ASRock... and that cooler is a bit ugly... I think I'll look around for the Tuniq a bit.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Asus M2V Sapphire X1800GTO Geil Ultra 6400, 4x1Gig 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Hitachi, 160 GB Maxtor Benq DVD Rewriter Windows XP Pro SP2 Samsung 740B TFT 
KeyboardPowerMouse
Logitech EX110 set 580W Hiper Type-M 800dpi 
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Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Asus M2V Sapphire X1800GTO Geil Ultra 6400, 4x1Gig 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Hitachi, 160 GB Maxtor Benq DVD Rewriter Windows XP Pro SP2 Samsung 740B TFT 
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Logitech EX110 set 580W Hiper Type-M 800dpi 
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