Help with first build please

Me / Gateway fx
January 11, 2009 at 10:31:01
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Q9300 4GB
This is my first build, but I am inexperienced and willing to learn from experts...so please bear this in mind:

Everything is stock

Intel Q9300 processor - 2.5 ghz

ASUS G45 MicroATX motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

OCZ REAPER 4GB RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

OCZ StealthXStream 700W PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

integrated graphics - GTX 260 I ordered on back order, and I already sold my OC 9800 GT (which came with computer)

Xigmatec CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7203A

TV Tuner - Asus Combo-210X NTSC/ATSC PCI-E TV Tuner Card

Western Digital 640GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

BIOS - Marvell 88SE61xx Adapter - BIOS version 1.1.0.L69
settings:
Storage Configuration
- SATA configuration = Enhanced (other options are Disabled and Compatible)
Configure SATA as IDE (other options are RAID and AHCI) -is AHCI better/even usable on my comp?
IDE Detect Time Out (Sec): 35
5-5-5-18 and 800mhz RAM

Initial temp readings according to BIOS - CPU temp 23 degrees Celcius
Motherboard temp 40 degrees Celcius

ORIGINAL COMPUTER:
http://www.compusa.com/applications...

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/FX/...

I originally purchased this computer refurbished from Gateway. After it arrived, I opened the case after properly discharging the static electricity from my body and checked if all the wires were connected, which they were. I then proceeded to quickly set up an account on the pre-loaded Vista and checked the Windows Experience Rating (5.9) because of my curiosity. Anyways, I replaced the motherboard, graphics card, RAM, CPU cooler, and PSU as I wanted to get better RAM and graphics card and OC my CPU (old mobo reached its max supported FSB of 1333mhz). Now during the boot process to the Vista account login it states for a few seconds (had to pause so I could write this down):

Adapter 1
Disks Information:
No hard disk is detected!

Additionally, my optical drive does not boot any CDs or DVDs, though it does open so I can insert them. Also, how is it possible my HD is not detected when Windows Vista is booting up? I mean, doesn't the operating system boot from the hard drive? What setting changes should I make? I connected the HD and optical drive to the SATA slots on the mobo with SATA connectors (no IDE cables), and I connected them to the PSU directly with SATA power connectors (no molex connectors or convertors, but L shaped connectors...like the SATA connectors, but larger). What do I do?
Help is GREATLY APPRECIATED! THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!
integrated graphics - GTX 260 I ordered on back order, and I already sold my OC 9800 GT (which came with computer)

Xigmatec CPU Cooler - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233005

DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM drive - Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7203A

TV Tuner - Asus Combo-210X NTSC/ATSC PCI-E TV Tuner Card

Western Digital 640GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] _-22136218

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835100007

Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

BIOS - Marvell 88SE61xx Adapter - BIOS version 1.1.0.L69
settings:
Storage Configuration
- SATA configuration = Enhanced (other options are Disabled and Compatible)
Configure SATA as IDE (other options are RAID and AHCI) -is AHCI better/even usable on my comp?
IDE Detect Time Out (Sec): 35
5-5-5-18 and 800mhz RAM

Initial temp readings according to BIOS - CPU temp 23 degrees Celcius
Motherboard temp 40 degrees Celcius

ORIGINAL COMPUTER:
http://www.compusa.com/application [...] etailspecs

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/FX [...] Rcl2.shtml

I originally purchased this computer refurbished from Gateway. After it arrived, I opened the case after properly discharging the static electricity from my body and checked if all the wires were connected, which they were. I then proceeded to quickly set up an account on the pre-loaded Vista and checked the Windows Experience Rating (5.9) because of my curiosity. Anyways, I replaced the motherboard, graphics card, RAM, CPU cooler, and PSU as I wanted to get better RAM and graphics card and OC my CPU (old mobo reached its max supported FSB of 1333mhz). Now during the boot process to the Vista account login it states for a few seconds (had to pause so I could write this down):

Adapter 1
Disks Information:
No hard disk is detected!

Additionally, my optical drive does not boot any CDs or DVDs, though it does open so I can insert them. Also, how is it possible my HD is not detected when Windows Vista is booting up? I mean, doesn't the operating system boot from the hard drive? What setting changes should I make? I connected the HD and optical drive to the SATA slots on the mobo with SATA connectors (no IDE cables), and I connected them to the PSU directly with SATA power connectors (no molex connectors or convertors, but L shaped connectors...like the SATA connectors, but larger). What do I do?
Help is GREATLY APPRECIATED! THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!


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#1
January 11, 2009 at 10:46:23
First, hit delete when your CMOS boot info comes onto the screen so you can change the settings in your bios boot sequence to ensure you can boot off your CD. Okay?

Second, HHD not detected could be a lot of things...not least of which is a bad hard drive (it happens). If your just setting it up, use your VISTA disk after you change the boot sequence to boot from VISTA and then see if you can format the drive.


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#2
January 11, 2009 at 12:33:07
I changed the boot priority to optical drive first. Thanks.

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#3
January 11, 2009 at 16:28:13
Why in the world did you buy a refurbished computer and rip the guts out of it?

All you used of the Gateway is the case. I suggest you buy another case and put the original hardware back in the Gateway case.

You can have two computers for the price of a case and possibly some drives.

As far as your problems with the current setup goes your post is extremely long and hard to follow. You repeated a couple of paragraphs, I think.


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