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Old 02-07-2013, 01:46 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Your post wasn't confusing at all. If you want to install Windows off the external DVD drive there is a 50/50 chance it will work or not. I don't personally own that board or your external so I can't tell you for sure. By putting Windows on a flash drive with the tool I named off (which you can use that external drive to do it) it is pretty much guaranteed to work. All you need is a 4GB or larger flash drive to use. I can't possibly thing of anything else you would want to boot into besides an OS with it.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:11 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Ok thanks for the reply. I think I might just grab a SATA DVD-R since they're cheap enough.

One more question that I've been thinking about....

Since I'm going with the FX8350 and 16GB of ram...is it necessary that I upgrade my GPU? I don't game too much, and my rig is mainly for video editing/3D work. I currently have an old NVidia 9800GT in there. Will my system only be bottlenecked for gaming, or will having that old 9800GT effect my computer in other ways?

Can you recommend a good upgrade in the $100-150 range?

Thanks for all the help guys. It's been great.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:23 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Your GPU will be a huge bottleneck in games but not in anything else really.

650ti or 7850 if you can squeeze more.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks again for all the help. I went ahead and ordered a new case that has support for 4 fans. It comes pre-installed with a rear 120mm fan but I'd like to add more. I have the option to add 1 front and 2 side fans.

Any good cheap suggestions? Do I need to add 3 more? Fans are cheap enough, I figure it can't hurt.

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Usually good cases come with an intake and an exhaust and really that's all that's needed.
Scythe make good fans if you can find them.
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