Building my new Q9550 system


Mar 16, 2009
Hello, everyone. This is my first time posting here.

I have never had a good PC in my life until today, when the final components of my soon-to-be new PC arrived. These are the following components:

- Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L, P45, ATX, 45NMCORE2QUAD CORE2DUO Pentium D/4, PCI-E X16, PCIX2, PCIEX4, MAX8GB, DIMM4XD
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Quad-Core Processor, 2.83 GHz, 12M L2 Cache, 1333MHz FSB, LGA775 (E0 stepping)
- Corsair TWIN2X4096-8500C5D Dominator 4GB 2 X 2GB PC2-8500 1066MHz 240-Pin DDR2 CL5 Dual Channel Desktop Memory
- EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX260 Core 216 Superclocked 896MB DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card
- CORSAIR 650w TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply
- Western Digital WD6400AAKS WD Caviar SE16 SATA Internal Hard Drive, 640 GB, 3 Gb/s, 16 MB Cache, 7200 RPM
- Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit English 1pk

Even though I may not start now, I plan to slightly overclock this system in the future to squeeze more performance without sacrificing processor lifespan. I will be buying the Artic Silver 5 Thermal Compound already, yet I am unable to order another a heatsink from the U.S since I closed my shipping account and must resort to buying one of the fans shown in this page from a local vendor.

The model names are in English. The word “disponible” means available so remember that when recommending one.

My first questions are:

1. What kind of settings should I watch out for as a newbie computer builder? Are there any BIOS settings that I should disable/enable that are not set by default they way you recommend them?
2. Would it be feasible to slightly overclock the CPU to, let’s say, 3.4 ghz with one of the heatsinks above in addition to Arctic Silver 5?
3. Is there a software list you recommend to fine-tune my PC after I install vista and all?

Now, for the more adventurous, I have a challenge for you. Using one of the heatsinks in the link given above and AS5, to what stable overclock (for a beginner) could I perform on my ram/cpu? I want this system to last me a good 3-4 years.

Thank you.