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New completed build with pictures
01-04-2012, 12:52 PM,
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Big Grin  New completed build with pictures
I bought all these components on Black Friday and set it up that weekend. Here is the host of boxed goodies that I was playing with.
[Image: boxed-goodies.jpg]

Unfortunately, when the moment of truth came to turn it on, nothing happened. Sad I had a friend look at it who does this sort of thing for a living, and she concluded that according to her meters, the PSU is working, so either the CPU or mobo must be defective. So I RMA'd those two and got replacements a couple weeks later.

Then I tried to turn it on again and was horrified to see that again, nothing happened. Angry Now mind you, at this point, I was going through all the articles on this and other sites about what the causes could be. Then I tried using a spare PSU from another system* and found that when I flipped the switch, the fans started running! Cool So clearly the PSU was defective this whole time.

I didn't want to waste any more time with replacement RMAs so I just sent that in for a refund instead. Then I went to my local Best Buy and picked up whatever they had, which ironically happened to be the same PSU I was looking at in the very beginning when I was researching this build.

Anyway, this is what my area looked like before I put what I'm now calling The Beast in.
[Image: old-layout.jpg]


This was the old interior set up of the computer before I discovered that the power supply was defective.
[Image: old-psu-interior.jpg]

After everything had been replaced and installed, I was nervous to turn it on and find it not working for a third time. But fortunately, the fans whirled to life and the lights came on! I did a happy dance. Big Grin
[Image: new-psu-interior.jpg]
[Image: new-cabling.jpg]

After these last two pictures were taken, I discovered that the backed up data (which you can see as the green box sitting on the desk, WD Essential 3TB external drive) did not include things like my browser's bookmarks and other files that I wanted access to. So I installed my old computer's harddrive into this system. Thankfully, it happened to be a SATA drive, and when I put it in, it worked perfectly with no hitches. So now I have a total of 3 drives I'm working with: the 90Gb SSD, the 1Tb storage drive, and my old machine's 320Gb HDD.

And finally, after everything was put together and arranged..
[Image: new-layout.jpg]



*I don't know why, but for some strange reason, Newegg decided to include a free case and 400W PSU. This was in addition to the case and PSU I had ordered. This spare PSU was not powerful enough to provide enough juice for the whole system, but was sufficient to allow me to find out the PSU I ordered was funked up.
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01-04-2012, 02:09 PM,
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RE: New completed build with pictures
Could always send that case and psu to an admin and we can do a giveaway Wink. Just kidding. THat sucks about the problems but it's awesome that you got it fixed and that best buy had what you were looking for Smile. I wonder if that spider was being fed well Wink
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01-04-2012, 02:35 PM,
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Re: New completed build with pictures
Haha I love your pictures Smile also nice build I'm glad you got the problem solved.
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01-04-2012, 02:35 PM,
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RE: New completed build with pictures
(01-04-2012, 02:09 PM)Phrosty Wrote: Could always send that case and psu to an admin and we can do a giveaway Wink. Just kidding. THat sucks about the problems but it's awesome that you got it fixed and that best buy had what you were looking for Smile. I wonder if that spider was being fed well Wink

I wouldn't mind sending that if it would go to a person in need of one. But frankly, it's a piece of crap generic $25 box. It would be an insult to the person getting it. Smile

Honestly, I was prepared to pick up whatever PSU they had that was 600W or more. I was just a happy accident they were carrying the Corsair. Tongue

Oh, also I think that spider had his fill of all the dust bunnies inside the case. Wink The remarkable thing was it was perilously close to the video card's fan when I discovered it and didn't decide to stroll on in.
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01-04-2012, 02:37 PM,
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RE: New completed build with pictures
Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the story and pics. Congrats!
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01-04-2012, 02:43 PM,
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RE: New completed build with pictures
(01-04-2012, 02:35 PM)Poppy-seede Wrote: Haha I love your pictures Smile also nice build I'm glad you got the problem solved.

Thank you. I'm so happy I was able to figure out the problem was and fix it without having to pay some "professional" to look at it. This was the first time I had tried putting together a computer in about 15 years, so needless to say I was a bit rusty! Tongue

(01-04-2012, 02:37 PM)Phyrre56 Wrote: Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the story and pics. Congrats!

Thanks much. Smile
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01-04-2012, 07:38 PM,
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RE: New completed build with pictures
Congratulations on your new build! Sorry to hear about the issues that you had with your PSU and glad to hear that you figured them out and fixed them Smile

Enjoy your new user title Tongue
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01-04-2012, 09:06 PM,
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RE: New completed build with pictures
(01-04-2012, 07:38 PM)MathieuB Wrote: Congratulations on your new build! Sorry to hear about the issues that you had with your PSU and glad to hear that you figured them out and fixed them Smile

Enjoy your new user title Tongue

An unending 'thank you's go to you, sir. Without this site and the help of all the good people on it, I don't think I would have gotten as far as quickly as I did.

I'm loving the title! Big Grin
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01-04-2012, 09:17 PM,
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RE: New completed build with pictures
Nice build, very similar to mine. Did you stick with the stock CPU Cooler? What is your CPU?
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01-04-2012, 09:26 PM,
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RE: New completed build with pictures
(01-04-2012, 09:17 PM)Pineappl Wrote: Nice build, very similar to mine. Did you stick with the stock CPU Cooler? What is your CPU?

Thanks. And yes. I stuck with the stock CPU HSF for now. My plan is that I will use the system this way (stock) for a while. Later, I have the option of buying a better HSF and overclocking the i5-2500K. Then, much later, many years later, I can upgrade again just by purchasing an Ivy Bridge CPU and, if needed, a video card (the motherboard is already "forward-compatible" with the Ivy Bridge chipset).

I planned this machine to be future-proofed (perhaps just future-resistant?) for at least 4-5 years with these minor upgrades.
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