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I've been trying to do a lot of research and reading the manuals, but I have a few questions I know this community can easily help me with. Sometimes information is conflicting, and I just want a system that works to full potential.

Components I've gathered for this project-

CASE- NZXT Guardian 921 RB
MB - ASUS M4A78LT-M LE
CPU - AMD phenom II 555 BE
SSD - OCZ 90gb SATA II 3.5"
RAM - G.SKILL RIPJAWS 1600 DDR3 4GB
GPU - XFX Radeon HD 4850
PSU - 600W OCZ Stealth X Stream 2
OS - Windows 7 home premium for system builders
Cooling- Rosewill rcx-z1
Monitor- LG 23" 1080p LCD TV


1) My first SSD.. is there anything I should know about installing the OS and getting my SSD working optimally? I have heard RAID 0 is best. I have plenty of external HDD storage for media and I stick to 1-2 games at a time. I will probably not install an internal HDD until upgrade time. Any suggestions?

2) Any special tricks or recommendations for tweaking my system before OS installation? I was planning to: 1) assemble the parts, 2) install windows, 3) set restore points/image 4) let software (ASUS update utility) update my bios, then update the drivers and windows, 5) use ASUS config tools to optimize performance and auto-overclock, 6) run some stability tests like memtest, prime95, 3DMARK06 or some of the other recommended tests before another restore point and diving into some games. What other software is recommended to get my system setup for optimal gaming?

3) I have an asus usb external cd/dvd drive. Will this be sufficient to install software, drivers, and operating systems without an internal ODD?

Thanks in advance for reading and/or responding and helping a noobie. I would love any further suggestions. Hopefully a success story for this $600 build will follow. - Goobs
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That board + CPU = bad idea to begin with (3+1 phase, not 125W rated by ASUS)
What is your ideal budget (for PC + OS, don't include the TV)

Or have you already bought it? If so, you'll want to begin by swapping the motherboard, as your processor is unsupported

Edited by xd_1771 - 3/12/11 at 1:08pm
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That board + CPU = bad idea to begin with (3+1 phase, not 125W rated by ASUS)
What is your ideal budget (for PC + OS, don't include the TV)

Or have you already bought it? If so, you'll want to begin by swapping the motherboard, as your processor is unsupported
incorrect,that is a 90w cpu in locked format
also.i hear some games have issues with ssd's,any particular reason why you want ssd's?
Edited by B NEGATIVE - 3/12/11 at 12:42pm
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I personally dont like the Ripjaws
Get some Corsair ,Kingston ,Crucial ,etc instead ,at least this is what i would do.Or maybe you are lucky

LE:The mobo seems Nikos free which is a plus ,but 3+1 and lack of heatsink = something else needed ,looks outdated for todays CPU-s
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You should get a smaller SSD and a huge HDD, plus that board wont unlock that CPU to a quad core, only the 8xx sereis chipsets do that, and besides that board is cheap to begin with get the ASrock 870 extreme3, it will do everything the fancier boards do just at a lower cost 90$ i think, plus it will unlock that CPU to a quad core (if you lucked out).
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I personally dont like the Ripjaws
Get some Corsair ,Kingston ,Crucial ,etc instead ,at least this is what i would do.Or maybe you are lucky

LE:The mobo seems Nikos free which is a plus ,but 3+1 and lack of heatsink = something else needed ,looks outdated for todays CPU-s
agreed on both counts...however i had been running 4Ghz oc on my old gigabyte s2 for about 5 months with no problems,which is also 3+1..

OP,forget about unlocking any cores with that mobo,not unless you like burning pcb smell.....
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You should get a smaller SSD and a huge HDD, plus that board wont unlock that CPU to a quad core, only the 8xx sereis chipsets do that, and besides that board is cheap to begin with get the ASrock 870 extreme3, it will do everything the fancier boards do just at a lower cost 90$ i think, plus it will unlock that CPU to a quad core (if you lucked out).
not true,my 740 chipset unlocks just fine...which is even funnier when you realise it cant even hope of running a 125w cpu.


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The problem with that board is that his CPU is not supported at all from ASUS. They decided to be smart and limit this to 95W processors as it should. There is a 955 on that list, but it is the 95W model - which as far as I know, has never been sold.

EDIT: I've misread, it's a 555 and not a 955. Sorry bout that! Board should be fine, just don't unlock.
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remember to use stand-offs...



they're good for you...
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remember to use stand-offs...



they're good for you...
And he should be carefull to not put to many as one to many in a wrong place can brake stuff ,shorting or braking .

It strange how some guys fit the mobos without puting the standoffs.How do they manage to install the back plate is a mistery to me And then they complain that the board cougth fire or that it doesnt work and that they ll get a different brand that works
   
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