Do you have Microsoft Windows 7 installed?
How much faster do you think it is compared to your old computer?
All Done and it's booting up (booted up on the 1st attempt itself!). Overall the toughest thing was the Xigmatek install - I guess I wasn't looking at the diagrams correct
Xigmakek needs to spend a few more cents on their directions. Their directions assume that you have installed similar heatsinks in the past.
I wish you had taken a picture of the bottom plate on the top!
Thanks to everybody who contributed to this thread and continue to but special thanks goes out to Dr.Jim Pomatter for being with me from start to end!
You are welcome. This forum has no official thank'ing points, so it is good to know that we have helped.
1) The case supposedly can take an air intake fan to be mounted on the side of the case. Should i get this fan? I am only using integrated graphics
I do not think that you need more air flowing through the case at this time. Perhaps you will want another fan if you add a graphics card. More parts means more power draw. Even a single fan can cost $6.50 to run for a year (24/7/365).
Check and post your temperatures with Speedfan
. If you want to be sure that your computer is stable when working hard, you can use OCCT
. If you use Prime95, you should make sure you say "Just Stress Testing".
2) Put 2x4gb in white memory DIMM banks (left the other two blue banks empty)
As long as you install into the same color, you are fine. Both can be in white, both can be in blue, don't put one in white and one in blue.
3) I had the option of using the 20 or 24 pin PS since both the PS & Mobo supported that. I chose the 24 pin. Also chose the 8 pin PS connector to the Mobo
Good choices, as more pins connected is better. It means that more pin surface area is in contact and is being used to transfer the electricity, leading to lower electrical resistance and heat.
4) Is it possible to get USB 3.0 ports on the front of the case?This device (SilverStone FP36B Aluminum front panel 2X USB 3.0 ports)
fits in one of your two front external 3.5 drive bays, it holds 2.5" drives and puts two USB3 ports on the front of your case. Its extension cable runs from the front of the PC, through the inside, out through the included PCI i/o shield, and into the ports on the back of the motherboard. This device is passive and will use no power.
If you have a lot of USB3 devices, you can get a USB3 hub that fits into a 3.5 external bay. If you want to stick with newegg, the best option appears SIIG JU-H40212-S1 USB 3.0 Bay Hub,
and it also fits in a 5.25 bay with the included spacer. Like everything else that is active, it will use power all the time, so don't get the device if you don't have more then 2 USB3 devices.
These, or something similar that connects to the back plugs, are your only option as the ASRock does not have USB3 headers on the motherboard.
5) Connected case fan to molex connector. Is there a place on the Mobo? Would I get greater control by doing that?
You can find in the ASRock Z68 Pro3-M users manual
the location of the two chassis/case fan connectors, on page 12 there is a diagram of the board.
One fan connector is above the blue PCI-e 16x connector, just down and toward the back from the CPU socket, and above the "Z68 Pro3-M" white text. The other fan connector is along the other edge just a little bit below the 24-pin ATX power connector, but above the two white SATA connectors.
Both of the chassis/case fan connectors have 3 pins and are white. Set them to Automatic Mode
in the BIOS
to reduce your fan noise -- see page 58 of the users manual.