Originally Posted by DawnOfDoom
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Just a few things to look out with sata is that you dont try to "force" anything with it because its should simply slide in and stay there. its not like IDE where you gota apply pressure. just put it in there and you should be fine. I would reccomend scrapping the sata cables you get with your mobo and get some nice 90 degree angle sata cables at one end and straight on the other. put the 90 in the drive and the straight end on the mobo. It just looks better and has less chance of the pins breaking off.
Hope this helps with your exploration into new technology.
BTW if your not running programs like CAD/ Photoshop CS3/or hardcore video games i wouldnt recommend having 64bit and 4 gigs of ram. because if your not gona be using the programs why waste the money on extra stuff when you can put that towards say a better CPU or GPU. but if you are going to be running memory intense programs stick with what you got thats good. but if your just gona be running light games like TF2 / HL2 / BF2 / COD4 / etc then 2 gigs and a 32 bit version of vista will save you quite a bit.
If you need help getting a 2 gig set up of ram that'd be good for you then leme or one of the other members on Tech forums recommend you some. We'll steer ya in the right directions.
PS- Good job on your first build not bad i must say.
Thanks DawnOfDoom, its funny you say that. As I was looking at the provided (2) sata cables that came w/ the mother board i wondered why they would only provide one 90 degree angled chord and not two. But for now it should be fine. But the chord is just so small lol.
The reason that I went with 4 gigs and 64 bit is that the price differential was so minimal. I just feel like the 64 bit os would future proof my system to where if I needed more ram, I could simply add in 2 more sticks and not have to obtain a new OS.
Light games are not light games compared to my old comp, p4 2.8 7600gs factory asus mboard. lol.
All the parts have allready arrived, except for the case and Optical drive. (I know should have posted before i ordered)
But thank you for your input it is VERY much appreciated and i clicked your link to give you Kudos.