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  1. While I'm here, I'll add that I received all my parts except one. It shouldn't really slow me down, since it's just the motherboard. :-) Anyway, the expected delivery date is January 9th. I hope it gets there sooner, because aside from maybe putting the power supply in the case, there isn't much I can do.
  2. Mind you, it was a Windows 7 / Mint dual boot and I later upgraded to 10. I tried to dual boot my wife's computer and didn't have any success. I found some workarounds online, but none of them worked with her machine. From what I read, her specific type of motherboard/bios didn't have any workarounds for it at the time.
  3. I dual boot Windows 10 and Linux Mint on a single HDD on my current machine.
  4. Thank you for that. I was actually planning to have the SSD partitions as 375gb for Windows and the remaining 150gb for Linux, minus 4 to 8gb for a swap (I'll have 16gb of RAM and I'm having a hard time finding any consensus on the proper size for a swap partition, assuming it's even needed). I've been told to avoid playing higher end games on Linux with that GPU, so I'll mostly play smaller indie games on Linux, meaning that I'll require far less space for applications on Linux than on Windows. I figure I'd have Windows along with 3 or 4 games on the NTFS partition of the HDD and leave the rest as wiggle room to keep Windows happy. With regard to the HDD, why did you opt for two separate NTFS partitions? Couldn't files and games be on the same NTFS partition, or would it have a negative impact on performance?
  5. Over time, quite a lot, but then again, most of it could be kept on external storage. That said, I think the plan is to format the HDD as NTFS. That way, unless I'm misunderstanding how it works, I'd be able to install games/applications on there if the need arises, while still able to access files on it from Linux. If this sort of thing is possible, I might also create a smaller Ext4 partition on it for the sake of having a bit of space that's dedicated to files that I'd only use with Mint.
  6. All right, duly noted. I'm not that comfortable using virtual environments like that anyway. I never run Windows software through similar applications on Mint either. If I need to use Windows, I boot into it. That said, I appreciate the advice because I always enjoy learning.
  7. Weird.. I just tried to post this, but the forum ate it. Second attempt... Hi everyone. In 2010, I made a thread here about building a new PC and people were very helpful, so I'm back for more now that it's time for a new machine. A few upgrades aside, I have indeed been using the same rig ever since. I kept putting off the upgrade, mostly due to financial reasons. I can no longer put it off. Yesterday, I took advantage of Boxing Day deals and bought my new parts. However, last time around, I was working with a single HDD and a Windows 7 installation. Years later, I wanted to try Linux out, so I set up a dual-boot with Mint. I eventually switched over to Windows 10 as well and would use the Windows partition for gaming and the Linux one for everything else. Today, many of my Steam games are available on Linux, but I still need a Windows partition for games like Rocksmith Remastered and a handful of others that have no Linux versions. My plan is to install every game I can on Linux Mint and to use Windows only for games that don't exist for Linux (and my little income tax program that's also Windows-based). So now, I bought (still waiting for the items to ship) a 525GB SSD and a 1TB conventional HDD. I'm trying to sort out what is the best way to set up a dual-boot. I've been looking online and finding a lot of differing opinions. Also, most of the articles/threads I found were about setups that were quite different from mine (2 SSDs, for example). Some people seemed to favour installing only the OSs on the SSD and everything else on HDDs. Others described something that was more like installing OSs and programs/applications on SSDs and keeping the HDD for file storage, a bit like a built-in external drive, if you will. What I'd like to ask is if the following plan is viable, as well as a few follow-up questions on it: -Partition my SSD, possibly a 50/50 split or a 60/40 favouring Mint; -Install Windows and all my "Windows only" games and a program or two on one partition; -Install Mint on the other partition, along with all its games and applications; -Use the HDD for file storage for files I'd like to access quickly without having to plug in external drives. Assuming this is viable, I then have the following questions: -Should I only plug in the SSD at first, install everything, and THEN plug in the HDD? -Is there a way to be able to access the HDD from either OS, like I can do with an external drive? -If not, will I need to do anything with the HDD, like dedicate it to one OS or partition is for both? -If my needs change over time and I need more space for games/programs/apps, is there a way to partition the HDD as well, so that it can also be used to install programs for both OSs on that? In this scenario, I'd basically have both drives divided between the two OSs. Knowing myself and remembering the experience I had here with the kind posters and their wealth of knowledge, I expect I'll have many more questions after I get responses to this, but I suppose that this is a good starting point. :-) Now for the obligatory computer info, here are the parts I bought. Keep in mind that I'm in Canada, so not only do we have the exchange rate to consider, but Canadians pay more for most things in life. Also keep in mind that I was going for a mid-range-or-so build, because I can't really spend more and, y'know, remain happily married. I compromised less on the case, however. I like large, sturdy cases with good airflow and room to work. Note: Edited to use a table. Canadian prices no longer apply, but it cost me $1,550 Canadian. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: MSI Z170A SLI ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($133.98 @ Newegg) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($94.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Crucial MX300 525GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($128.05 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 480 4GB GAMING X Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($144.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.98 @ Newegg) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home Full - USB 32/64-bit ($132.98 @ Newegg) Total: $1199.94 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-27 16:55 EST-0500 Linux Mint is free, so no need to link anything. :-) For what it's worth, I'll also be taking my old optical drive from my old tower and moving it over to the new PC. Thank you all for reading and big thanks to those who are able and willing to help.
  8. I realized here there might be a misunderstanding. The connectors in back of the PC - those that are part of the motherboard - are working well. The headphones and mic connectors on the case don't seem to work. I've more or less thrown the towel on them, but if anyone has any ideas, I'm listening.
  9. Thanks. It's getting stranger. The headphones don't even show up in the list at all. Also, when I go into the Reaktek HD Audio Manager, the jacks for headphones and mic don't show anything plugged into them, no matter what I try to plug into them.
  10. I downloaded the drivers. Based on the fact that it had to uninstall the previous version, I'm guessing that the disk that came with my motherboard had already taken care of it. After the download, the situation is the same: my speakers work, but my headphones don't. I'm starting to think that Antec makes good cases, but crappy front panel audio jacks. I'm starting to think it because it's either that, or come to the conclusion that I'm an idiot.
  11. Ah. No disk came with them. Can I assume those drivers are available online? I'm not at home right now, but I'll try to look for them when I get back. As a side note, it would have been nice on Antec's part to colour-code the jacks for the headphones and the microphone. It's not the end of the world, but it's a minor annoyance.
  12. Well, now everything seems to work, except for the headphones port on the front panel. I've tried to plug each connector for it in turn (HD audio and AC'97), but getting nothing either way. Any ideas? Those same headphones work just fine on my old PC and at my work.
  13. All right, quick update: I've installed the GPU and I'm now getting my full 4 gigs of RAM. I also realize now that the USB ports on the back work perfectly well. They just don't work with that old HP keyboard I'm using. Other hardware I've now tested there works fine. I guess I'll have to to choose between getting a new keyboard or getting used to plugging it into the front panel.
  14. I left the BIOS alone, since I didn't want to mess with any of it. I installed the motherboard drivers, but that didn't seem to help. I'll be going home soon, so trial-and-error will hopefully show me what went wrong. It's not like there could be something I forgot to connect to the PSU that could be causing this, right? In the worst case, I'll need a hub.
  15. Glad to hear it. No, not yet. I'm still trying to figure out what I did wrong with the USB ports.
  16. If I may try to answer my own question, could it be due to the fact that I haven't installed my GPU yet and still using the on-board? I guess I'll find out tonight when I get home and install the GPU.
  17. Hmm... does anyone know why my system info states that I have 4 gigs of RAM, but only 3.50 gigs of usable RAM? Is this normal? Thanks again.
  18. Things are looking up. I got Windows installed. Now my only issue is that the USB ports in the back don't work. I can only use the ones on the front panel. So, my keyboard is awkwardly hooked up to the front of the computer.
  19. Thank you!!!!!!!!!! Fixed!!!!!! I can't believe I missed that.
  20. I don't have the Asus. I finally got the Gigabyte one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128435&Tpk=Gigabyte%20890GPA-UD3H%20890GX
  21. Ack! Help! I've built the computer. I powered it up and all the LEDs and fans came on, including the CPU fan. However, nothing showed up on the monitor. I tried it at first with the discrete GPU, and then I removed it and tried a direct connection to the on-board GPU. I tried it in DVI and VGA, on two different monitors. I'm getting worried about shutting this machine down over and over again like this. What could cause this? One thing I should point out, most articles I've looked at about building computers mention a 4-pin CPU plug. I've found the CPU fan plug (as evidenced by the fact that it spins), but I saw nothing like a connector for a 4 pin CPU plug on the motherboard. The manual doesn't seem to mention one either, unless I'm completely blind and/or stupid. Otherwise, I have no idea. Thanks for any help.
  22. Impatience got the best of me. Antec Nine Hundred Two Mid Tower Gamer Case 902 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 eSATA Audio AMD Athlon II X4 630 Quad Core Processor Socket AM3 2.8GHZ 2MB Cache 95W Retail Box Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 ATX DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI GBLAN CrossFireX Motherboard Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer Black Retail Box G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM Grand total after tax and (free) shipping: $986.54 Canadian. I'm happy.
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