Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower Case
CORSAIR 750TX 750W Power Supply
ASUS P5Q Pro P45 Mobo
C2D E8600 Proc
Seagate 640GB SATA Hard Drive
SAPPHIRE HD4870 X2 2GB Vid Card
4GB Mushkin (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 Mem (5-4-4-12 1.8v)
Sunbeam "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler
Arctic Silver 1.75G Thermal Compound <- was a waste because the sunbeamtech includes a tube of tx-2 :sigh:
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - SATA
The main reason I signed up for this site was so that I could make a few comments about this guide. This fantastic, wonderful guide.
I would wager that most first-time PC builders fall into a category that (unfortunately) I myself fall into: 90% noob with 10% general knowledge. Your guide hits the 'sweet spot' in that it is overly-simplified, easy to understand ... yet fairly in-depth at the same time. I understand a few of the basic principles of computer building, but others are beyond me. My biggest confusion was based on exactly what needed to be done after I finished putting it together ... which through hours and hours of searching and reading I had somewhat pieced together.
This positively excellent guide made my still lingering doubts disappear. My only real complaint is that I didn't find this guide two or three days ago when I really started my research. This guide covers far more than: this cable goes here and that cable goes there (although that is covered fairly well also) ... it also covers the initial confusion as to what exactly happens afterwords.
A+ and two thumbs up and a million other neat-o type statements as well. Thanks a BILLION!
I do have a couple of recommendations and I'm somewhat loathe to say them as I don't want that to downplay the awesomeness of this guide to the average Joe (like me). Keep in mind that this guide simply rocks ...
It would be helpful to add a detailed description of how to apply thermal paste rather than give an outside link. Someone looking for a step-by-step guide (like me) will find it so much easier if all the general steps are covered in one place. Another thing that could be added on would be to detail the actual placement of the hardware inside of the case. I realize that it is so simple a caveman can do it, but when in doubt having a direct comparison (even though hardware will often be different) is invaluable.
Having said that ... again I feel the urge to thank you a thousand times and do funny little dances! Thanks!!!