bios flash succesful
, cleared cmos to re-enable express gate. Shipping bios was 703. Now OS time.
Thanx to all who have reported experiences as everything has gone exactly as described.
: XP pro sp2 installed without a hitch, then i put it up for the night. CPU idles at 30c and RAM was detected with 2 profile option (nice). Tried to save a buck there but future upgrades are a Raptor drive for OS and second 500gb drive for raid, Vista SP2 disc from Newegg, and a 1600 4gb DDR3 kit (something with lower latency like the HPC OCZ Reapers, also a better cpu cooler.
Now to installing all other drivers and software (yawn). Going from a 320gb drive to 500gb drive. Going to pull it out and hook it up to my old rig and just put everything in a folder. Also got the missing remote from ebaY. I know its a gimmicky board but me liky, and with the wifi access point my wife can use her PDA and laptop away from my rig and I can setup a wireless connection for the kiddy's various rigs. This build went swifter than my last Opteron build.
Once all the software is setup the overclocking can begin. Time to read up on some Intel Core 2 guides. Any tips for certain guide favorites are welcome and rep will be returned if needed. I am not new to overclocking but have had very limited experience with Intel for sometime.
Nice to have a build I can be proud of again, all my dual Opterons hold a special place in my heart though.Edited by noneed4me2 - 5/19/08 at 1:30am