Well I've spent most of today building my new rig. It didnt go smoothly at all as my case makes things a bit difficult to access and I discovered right at the end that I only had a 4 pin 12v cable and the new mobo requires an 8 pin. I couldnt for the life of me work out what was wrong when the damn thing just wouldnt start. I had all fans firing up and HDDs spinning but no post. Luckily I turned to the page of the manual that had a line reading 'Your PC will not startup without the 12v cable attached'
I had to nip back to my mum's place and check in the old spare room and as luck would have it there was the cable right in the top of the first box I looked in! I didnt want to try using the 4 pin just in case I ruined something.
I think I got everything right but I've now discovered that my rear case fan is sucking air right in next to where my CPU is blowing air out. One of them has to change at some point but it looks hella awkward. Anyway CPU temps look stable at the mo so I'll change that another time.
So, onto Windows 7 64bit RC. Installed quickly, updated quickly and so far has been running well. It picked up a few of my devices but the majority I had to install seperately experimenting with various different driver versions. Some have worked with XP drivers and others on Vista but I've been lucky with a few Windows 7 driver sets too that seem to work well such as the Catalyst and surprisingly enough the X-Fi Plat drivers.
My G15 Keyboard and G9 Mouse worked with Vista 64bit drivers and XP 64bit respectively as they wouldnt install under any other compatibility but they seem to be working fine.
Steam has been downloading my games again and they run just fine. Im getting notable speed improvements in loading games like CoD5 which used to still be half way through loading a level while the cut scene had finished playing. Now the cut scenes barely get a quarter through before its asking me to click to continue. Dawn of War 2 loads in about 20 seconds.
Only problem I have had so far was a BSOD after quitting a game of Track Mania Nations but that hasnt happened again since.
So far Im quite impressed! Its slick, runs well and gave my PC a good grade only let down by my data transfer rate which I expected.
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz 7.7
Memory (RAM) 6.00 GB 7.9
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series 6.8
Gaming graphics 3326 MB Total available graphics memory 6.8
Primary hard disk 403GB Free (466GB Total) 5.9
Shame Windows 7 still only reads the name of the processor and doesnt show overclocked speeds.
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