You have done your homework well. No comments on any of the components. The PSU will fit easily, so you need not worry.
The reason most people go for a third party CPU cooler is that is lowers the temperature by several degrees C under load and you are probably aware that temperatures have a huge impact on the longevity of a system, A second reason is that it gives one more headroom for overclocking. Your choice is very good.
You will have a very fast system. Congrats.
Probably not with the Noctua D14 without modding, but the U12 will probably work without modding. In the worst case you position the front fan (over the memory sockets) up a bit.
>aftermarket CPU fans in their builds – are the included fans inadequate/noisy/problematic?
What Harm said about better cooling!
I do not overclock, but I bought a push/pull CPU cooler just to keep the CPU cool under load
I also added side fans to blow right on the GPU and motherboard - http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694?tstart=0
If the prices hadn't been above my budget, I would have bought 3x4 memory instead of 3x2 - but I'm still happy, for the work I do, with what I have
Almost finished - need some help!
I bought the components, put it all together and it works. I ran it through a burn in using BurnIn Test and all seemed well. I did clean installations of all my application software (all programs run perfectly). I then began to transfer the data from my old PC using a USB External hard drive. I was able to transfer part of my data.
I am able to connect the USB External hard drive to my old Vista PC - it sees the drive and all contents. I can add to it , delete, whathever (full functionality).
The problem is when I plug the USB External hard drive into the USB port on the the Win 7 Pro build, Win 7 does not see it (initially, I it did and I was able to transfer files). At first, when I plugged in the USB Ext HD, autoplay detected it, it opened in windows Explorer and I was able to drag and drop files to my new system.
Now when I plug in the USB Ext HD, I see the indicator light go on that it is being accessed but autoplay does not start. If I wait a 10 minutes or so, then start windows Explorer, the drive letter appears but when I click on it, windows Explorer stops responding. the only way out is to disconnect the USB Ext HD - this frees windows explorer and I get a message that the drive (now no longer connected) needs to be formatted (when I check it on my Vista system, it reads fine, all files intact).
I experimented with a 1Gb USB thumb drive, same thing happened - not visible, hangs windows explorer.
I tried to unistalling the "mass storage device" USB drive (successfully) then reconnecting the USB Ext HD. Win 7 re-installed the driver and indicated the device was ready for use. However, when trying to access it, I have the problem described above.
So it seems I have some kind of USB problem - not sure if it is hardware or Windows 7 related. It worked for a while but now it does not. I could really use some help diagnosing my problem.
Also, the other USB devices seem to work fine - keyboard, mouse, printer, wacom tablet.
In various other Adobe fora (such as Acrobat) I have seen mention of a LOT of problems with that device
Unplug it and try again
Just tried that - it did not resolve the issue
I have found a temporary workaround - though I hope MS comes up with a fix soon. I reconfigured my BIOS as follows:
USB Functions: Enabled
NEC USB 3.0 Controller: Disabled
USB 2.0 Controller: Disabled
BIOS EHCI Hand Off: Enabled
Legacy USB Support : Auto
Basically, this give me USB 1.0 speed (I guess) but when I plug in either the thumb drive or the external hard drive, the devices are recognized and auto play starts. I was able to transfer files at a painfully slow pace - 500 MB in 15 minutes - but it is better than nothing. I also read on one of the MS Windows 7 Hardware compatibility threads that installing a PCI USB card did not encounter the same issues as the MOBO USB ports - I guess I'll try that too.
This is a major PIA but at least I can stop going crazy with system restores, rolling back drivers, etc. If you come up with a better fix - please post it here too! thanks