Hey I haven't asked any questions here in a long time.
I also haven't read that many posts here since the athlon xp 2500+ days either.
So I need to know some things about current hard ware.
First question is:
I got a sata-300 hard drive, but the board I ordered (MSI K8N Neo4-f) is only an nforce4 non-ultra so it only supports up to sata150. So...
1) Will I be missing out on a lot of speed or is this drive not using the full 300 anyway? (seagate 7200.9 160gb sata-300 8mb 7200rpm).
2) Is a sata-300 drive even compatiable with sata-150 controller?
I read a post by clocker (i think) in a thread somewhere not too long ago that said to just use the thermal pad that's already on the heatsink. (it's an amd athlon 64 3000+)
I've went and put the heatsink onto the chip but am now having second thoughts and think I should have used some arctic silver 5 (is that even the latest anymore? ).
The main reason I didn't do that in the first place is that i've never successfully removed a thermal pad without scratching the heatsink before.
If I remove the heat sink (keep in mind the computer hasn't been turned on yet) will the thermal pad be stuck to the processor as well?
Why do boards now need 24-pin ATX connectors on the power supplys? What do the new 4 pins do?
edit: BTW, full specs if you're interested:
MSI K8N NEO4-f
Athlon 64 3000+
1024mb Mushkin Ram
XFX geforce 6600le 256mb graphics card
160gb Seagate 7200rpm 8mbcache hard drive
NEC DVD Burner (dual layer, 16x burning speeds, etc etc.)
400watt 24-pin powersupply from ULTRA (not the best but I can't afford any better )
Using my old case and fans, plus the stock heatsink with stock fan (if the fan is too loud i will attach my own fan to it)