The PSU I am getting does not have that, is there a way to make it work?
i have this psu, purchased on similar deal from newegg, that is one of the reasons i recommended it -- i am using it right now! the eight pin connector actually has a clasp on it, it separates into two four pin connectors. the cx400 (i also own, i just buy good power supplies as backup all the time anyway) had the same feature. the silverstone 50etf needed an adapter though, that came supplied with the kit. have you swapped CPUs before? there are plenty of videos on youtube...
no, they are different, and if you go to a drugstore/superstore, you can get 91% isopropyl just look at the videos on youtube. i need to mention because i don't know the condition of your computer... be careful lifting the heat-sink fan up - i have seen it pull the CPU out with it. if that happens, sticking it inside a bag, putting it in a freezer and using dental floss to separate them worked.
Now at some point I do want to do a true from scratch custom build, how much should I save up before I attempt to do that?
That looks quite good. The ssd is about the right size for operating system and games. You would need also say a 1Terrabyte hard drive for other data. The power supply Ultra 550watt I have never heard of. May be ok, but best to stick to known brands, antec, corsair, seasonics etc.
IMO 1TB is overkill I think I would probably just keep thr 160GB HD from my HP and that should be fine. I priced out buying each part individually except getting no hard drive and getting a 550W Corsair PSU. Thats came out to about $540, not counting any sales tax or shipping. The vid card would be another $300 on top of that. Then you'll figure another 100 or so for windows.
Sounds about right. I would fit an aftermarket cpu cooler also, which is best to fit during the build as the support bracket fits under the motherboard usually. Very easy to overclock to 4Ghz+, should you wish.
I installed the X2 and I turn on the computer and get nothing, just a blank screen like the computer isn't even on...not sure if the CPU is borken of if its something else. Based on my searching it seems thats a common problem if a bios upgrade is needed, but the only bios upgrade I can find seems to state it only fixes minor issues when comming back from sleep or hibernate, not anything compatablity wise. And the 4 pin CPU connector from the PSU is securly connected. Not sure what else it could be, any ideas?
I wonder if it is bad becuae it was sandwiched between two peiced of foam taped tightly together, placed in an antistatic bage then put in a bubble mailer sent USPS. Not the best packign job so I'm thinking it might have been damaged in shipping or something perhaps? Any ideas should I look to return this?
This post has been edited by New2Gta4 on Saturday, Apr 7 2012, 00:06
cpu's are fairly robust, so unlikely to be damaged in the post.
I would try a bios update.
I can try but the fact the bios update description seems to make it seems like its a few minor mizexes with blue screens, I wasn't sure if it would work. But I suppose I should try first. Just wondering if anyone else had any other ideas.
Tried the BIOS update. That worked.
Raised the resolution to 1024x760 set textures to med the rest on low max traffic density view distance 10 view detial 5 and I'm getting 30fps and 97% cpu useage.
The the clear culprit appears to have been the CPU though the new vid card doesn't hurt. Now hopefully I can have the money saved up for a new system by the time GTA V comes to PC because that will need it lol.
This post has been edited by New2Gta4 on Saturday, Apr 7 2012, 02:15