This is the first time I have posted on this forum, so a big hello to everyone here .
I found the fourm while I was researching the components for my new system, and have found lots of good info here. It has helped me to decide on my new build which is going to be:
Asus Crosshair motherboard
Coolmaster eXtreme Power 650W
AMD Athon64 X2 5000/5200
Corsair DDR2 XMS2-6400C4 TwinX(2x1Gb)
OcUK GeForce 7900 GS 256MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)
Now with reading all the posts I can find on this forum, I have started to worry about my ability to put this rig together. There seem to be so many people that are having trouble getting it to boot first time.
Now, while it is one of the most exciting things about building a computer and turning it on for the first time to here a happy single beep. It can also be quite scary and depressing if after the 20th time of pulling everything apart and putting it back together it still wont boot.
Any advice specific to building on this motherboard would be much apreciated. I will have all of the above stuff in the New Year (the processor is arriving today sometime ) and would like as much info as possible before I start building.
Will the graphics card be enough to run Unreal Tournament 2004 at full spec?
Should I use my dated soundcard (Creative Labs Soundblaster Audigy 24bit Sound Card) in the new set up or use the daughterboard that comes with the mobo?
Does anyone know if the GeIL ram works with this mobo? I have read that it can be fussy with the type of ram until you update the bios.
Can you update the bios before you have windows or anything working? I am sure I read something about flash drives somewhere
Is it hard to start Windows on SATA HDs, I used to use a floppy disk that came with my last mobo during the installation, is there one with this mobo?
Any advice would be much appreciated.