Re: New Rig...
There are memory issues more with many AMD platforms, probably moreso than Intel Built By Intel. But really, it's a quality and defualt programming of memory sticks vs. the individual mobo ideal needs. That said, no it's not necessary to buy memory in "matched" pairs ever. I haven't really found a comprehensive configurator for Corsair, so if I were you, I would check Buffalo Technology's (get Winbond, not Samsung or Micron), or OCZ's websites for OC RAM, and consider Crucial for decent non-OC RAM. There is a decent configurator list in the local memory forum in the first few threads. Last I checked, for such high-end systems as that, 450W about was ideal headroom for longevity. Power information on system components still seems to be few and far-between. Just remember that if you pay twenty bucks for a 400+ watter there was a reason for that. It's a relabled and underpriviledged unit almost certainly. Finally, never use IDE~SATA converters. Never, ever, ever.....Nevah, evah, evah!!!! They are BAD!
I hope your opticals don't need their own IDE channels. That is, I hope you can find a way to work around that. That is a better option aside from just getting new SATA drives.
...Does anybody else feel like Congress simply bailed themselves out? Isn't that what they really mean by a bailout?