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    I'll post back here in a few days once I have the goods in hand. Thanks for taking the time out and I've saved your Paypal address. See you in a short while!

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    Alright! Ordered all the parts! Heres what I got, for reference.
    Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...128-199&depa=0
    Processor (with heatsink and fan)
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-381&depa=0
    RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...144-512&depa=0
    Artic Silver
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...100-202&depa=0

    And I was considering buying this
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...106-037&depa=0

    Not sure if it would be worth the money. Anyway, when you get the time Yawgm0th if you could begin writing me the guide so I have something to refer to once my parts come (and I can ask questions beforehand) that would be awesome. Thanks in advance! :D

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    The heatsink is definitely worth it. Best you order it soon, you're going to want it immediately.

    As for a guide, (assuming your talking about simply assembling the computer) there's not much to write. I can maybe e-mail you a few things to keep in mind when you build, but just about everything else will be covered in the motherboard manual (make sure you take a peek at that), or something you probably know.

    With the more complicated things (software configuration), I'm thinking I might actually write up a guide that you would find useful and others could use in the future. It would probably be something like this guide:
    http://www.tweaktown.com/document.ph...24&dType=guide
    But including the stuff that comes before of the tweaks (and probably excluding some of the tweaks, I'd just link to the guide :D ).

    In any case, I'm going to need your e-mail if I'll be helping you with the building portion. Some stuff will be easier to demonstrate with pictures.

    Edit: Oh yeah, I forgot... Do you have a case, 350-400W power supply, and video card for this thing? You're going to need those if you don't have them...

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    Damn, should have asked you before I purchased the other parts. I got them shipping next day and didn't get the additional heatsink (I did get the one that came with the processor but not the Thermaltake SilentBoost). Would it be possible for me to add that later on?

    I'm just upgrading my current box I have so I do have a case and everything I'm just hoping this upgrade will allow me to do some real damage. In any case though I doubt I'll have much problem with the hardware installations.. just take my time and pay attention. But more help is always, always appreciated. I'm sending you a PM with my email just for spam percautions.

    I cannot tell what power supply I have but I imagine once I crack her open I'll see it labeled somewhere and if it is below 300 I'll just buy the 400 something supply I saw and slide her in, hopefully it isn't too difficult.. wouldn't imagine so.

    Thanks again!

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    Ahh I see I can't PM you :lol: well I'll hit the email button instead. Also writing up that guide would definitely be awesome, anything to get this box to run at full speed is great I'm sure a lot of people will benefit from it.

    Edit: Forgot to ask.. how do I view how hot my comp is running? Want to know if I'm doing any harm to it so I can start learning. After a year I'm really looking forward to throwing some serious cash at a monster comp, the dual motherboard creature.

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    Get the heatsink and wait for it to come. You won't want the retail heatsink; it sucks.
    If you don't have a good PSU, you'll want to order a 400W. If it isn't at least 350W, don't even waste time with it. Otherwise, try it, but be prepared for the situtation in which it doesn't work.
    You still need a video card if you don't have one.... What exactly are you using this for computer, anyway?

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    When I wake up (as its 4am here) I'll peek inside and see if I need a new power supply, and if so I'll get both the power supply and heatsink.

    These two are alright?

    Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...148-008&depa=0

    Heatsink
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...ion=35-106-037

    And I'm currently typing to you on the computer I'll be upgrading so it does indeed have a video card haha the problem isn't that it doesn't run, the problem is I run a lot of applications.. mainly rendering in Photoshop and encoding movies, do a great deal of web design/developement. My previous 850mhz with 600mb something of ram could barely hold out.. then I got this new box with the faster processor but my damn ram wouldn't fit.. didn't realize there were different types of ram.

    In any case, thats why I was considering the full solid upgrade and why I'm more than eager to get anything this box needs to run at optimal speed. I very rarely play games, I just need something powerful enough for me to work with tons of rendering, encode while I sleep and be able to handle another full day. I generally run about 4-5 heavy applications at once (switching inbetween them to complete various tasks) so I'm hoping the 768mb of ram (not sure what dual channel is but sounds good) and 2ghz processor plus the tweaks will allow me to do that.

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    The HSF and power supply look good. Go ahead and buy them. :D

    That's 512MB of RAM, actually. And I wouldn't throw another stick in with it, if that's what you were thinking. Maybe another two PC3500 of very similar (or identical) quality. If you wanted the extra RAM, although it wouldn't really improve performance too much, buy the same thing again. That will give you 1GB of dual channel (I'll save the explanantion; dual channel = faster). However, I think you would be content with just 512MB. You won't see too much difference with more.

    For video card, if your current one is pretty bad (which certainly won't help you), I would suggest getting this Radeon 9600:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-305&depa=0
    It's not expensive and won't give you the insane performance that many gamers like, but it will do everything else fast and it should run all games. I have personally purchased the card from that exact same link and used it on a system similar to your current one, and I was quite pleased.

    However, if you don't do too much gaming, it's likely you won't see much benefit from getting that card, or any other. The choice there is entirely yours; I can't even recommend either way.

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    I knew your recommendation was 512mb, the two sticks :lol: , I just meant I already had 128mb of ram and since the thing had three slots then the more ram wouldn't hurt. I bought the power supply and heatsink, I'll get them same day hopefully.

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    Actually, the 128MB will probably hurt. Just buy more of the same RAM or leave it out.

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