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  1. Looks good so far.  I second what vandread said, except you could get away with purchasing a second kit of the RAM you got (for a total of 32gb in Quad-channel).  CMIIW, but there's no need to specifically purchase a quad-channel kit if you already have two sticks...just add two more.  


    An SSD should be standard these days though, if nothing other than for your OS, programs, and a scratch disk.  Great choice of CPU/MB!

  2. I'm building a desktop for my fiancee sometime in the next month.  I'm going to use the SSD that is currently installed in her laptop (Plextor M3) as the main OS drive in the new desktop. 


    I installed Win7 fresh onto the SSD when it was in her laptop, and I did all the recommended tweaks for SSD stability.  It's been running in AHCI.


    Is it possible to just physically transfer the drive over, install the correct chipset/video drivers, and be on my way?  Or will I have to do a fresh install?  

  3. I downloaded the unified drivers I've been using from here.  They keep it updated pretty regularly (last update was November 2012).  These are rock-solid stable for Windows 7; however if you are planning on using Windows 8, I would just hold off on any sound cards for the moment until they get the drivers ironed out properly.  


    At first I had problems with the original drivers making weird sounds in games.  However, I have not had any issues with these unified drivers whatsoever :thumbsup:

  4. Just thought I'd add my two cents about sound cards.  If you are at all into music/detailed audio, you should definitely invest in a good one.  The Xonar D2X is a wonderful card.  I've had it for about two years, and wouldn't trade it for any other.  The correct drivers can be annoying to find, but that's more of a "one & done" ordeal.  As far as the card itself and sound quality, I would say the D2X is one of the top dogs.  


    If you're using the HDDs for storage, it really doesn't matter what spindle speed you get.  5400rpm is fine.  I've seen them transfer at 80-100MB/s, just like 7200rpm drives.  Like IVI said, it's the access time that will be slowed, which doesn't matter for a storage drive.


    The cooler you have should be plenty sufficient to keep a newer generation i5/i7 cool.  If it doesn't you might want to look into RMAing it or getting a new cooler, because it might be defective. Be sure you apply the thermal paste correctly!  Also, you should be fine with an i5 3570k/2500k.

  5. My fiancee is currently computing on her 7 year old laptop that is about to give up on her.  I have been collecting random parts for her new desktop build, and was hoping the good folks at OCC could help me out a bit.  


    What I currently have:

    • Corsair Carbide 300R
    • My original GTX 470
    • Zalman 9900 CPU cooler (trying to get them to send me an 1155 adapter)
    • 120gb Plextor M3 SSD (currently in her laptop, will not need HDD)
    • LG DVD Burner
    • Mouse/keyboard/headset

    What I will need to finish out the build:

    • Overclockable i5 (2500k or 3570k)
    • Decent Z77 motherboard
    • 8gb RAM 
    • 1080p LED monitor

    I will also need a PSU, but I am particular about these and will probably end up getting her the Seasonic M12ii 620w.  I've had my eye on that one for a while now :)


    Anyways, if anyone has any of the above components they would like to sell (or donate :evilgrin: ) please let me know.  We would greatly appreciate it!

  6. wevs - He's definitely plugged into SATA III - he wouldn't be getting anything over ~280MB/s on SATA II.  It's hard to say exactly what's going on here :dunno:


    OP - I would suggest you look carefully through your BIOS and make sure all drive controllers are set to AHCI.  If your SSD is running on a Marvell controller (or one separate from the SATA II controller) it may have its own IDE/AHCI settings page.  I have the older version of that MB, and I have two different places to set AHCI.  Just a thought.

  7. No, you cannot add extra lights to the Hue.  Corsair's offering would let you do that, but it might be tricky.


    What I would do is grab the Hue, disable all the other LEDs in your system, and use the HUE as your sole light source.  You can still use the on/off switch on the Storm Trooper to control a few of the fans as well.


    Other than DIY projects, I've not heard of anything that can do what you are intending to do :-/

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