Just Built My Sister Her 1st Brand New PC

to date she's just had 2nd hand and hand-me-downs

By on March 19, 2014 7:29:34 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

starkers

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I feel really good today because I could ring my sister and let her know that all the parts we'd ordered had arrived and that I'd almost finished building her very first brand new PC.  After years of my hand-me-downs and 2nd-hand rigs that were more trouble than they were worth sometimes, and being repaid a wad of money she was owed, she bit the bullet and splurged out $AU 1100 for the build and another S250 on a mobile rack and a 4 bay Vantec caddy just like mine.

The build is as follows:

Case; Thermaltake Chaser A31 mid tower;

PSU: Aywun Megapower 750 Pro;

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H87M-DH3;

CPU: Intel i5 4440 3.1ghz;

RAM: 16gb G-Skill 1333 RipjawsX'

SSD Samsung 840BW EVO 250gb;

GPU: Gigabyte 650 GTX Ti 2gb

ROM: LG Bluray Combo;

CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H55;

PCIE 4 port SATA 3 card;

Fans x3 Zigmatec 120mm.

I've done as much as I can build-wise because I'm still waiting on the mobile rack to arrive from Sydney, but the rest is done a raring to go. Hopefully it will be here tomorrow morning and I can give her a bell to come pick it up, cos frankly, I can't wait to see the look on her face when she sees it in action.  After the last couple of years on a dual core AMD rig with a regular HDD, this SSD, Intel quad core is blow her away.  It mightn't be top end but I gave it a test drive and it' s quite a nippy little machine with some kick.

So why is this important to WC?  Buggered if I know!  I just felt so good I wanted to shout it from the highest hill, even tell the golden daffodil, but the hilltop was too far off with my bung hips, etc, so this was the next best thing since I can't afford to go to a massage parlour for a bit of slap n' tickle.

 

 

 

 

 

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March 19, 2014 7:43:28 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Kudos Mark. I'm sure your sister will be very pleased.

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March 19, 2014 8:07:00 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Pics? ...

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March 19, 2014 8:10:44 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Good onya mate! 

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March 19, 2014 8:12:43 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

It feels really good to build your own or assemble a PC for others, done it myself for years, so I know how it feels.

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March 19, 2014 8:14:52 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Nice one starkers!

Can't beat that "Put together all by myself" feeling and the recipient will be more than pleased!

Like jafo said-pics please!  

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March 19, 2014 8:41:01 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting LightStar,
Pics? .

Tomorrow alright?  I've had a real long day and I need some shut-eye before I even contemplate it.

Been up since 4 this morning, so I'm going to finish my cuppa and it'll be Enter Sandman while I nod off.

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March 19, 2014 9:04:43 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Good job, mate!  And happy sister, too! 

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March 21, 2014 9:56:05 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Good onya Mark. Nothing beats that "New PC" feeling.

Nice specs. It should serve her well for many years to come.

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March 22, 2014 3:10:35 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hey guys, thanks for the replies and I'm sorry about the pics.  When I tried yesterday with my phone there was no life and it needed charging.... hence no photos 'til it's charged, which now it is.... so here goes:

I'm still waiting on a couple of parts arriving from Sydney to complete the build, but other than that it's done, though the cabling isn't quite how I'd like it  The black SATA cable going across the build from the PCI slots to the %.25 bays in pic 4 is actually 4 SATA cables bundled together with ziplock ties.  I would have liked to have rerouted them to be less conspicuous, but they're just not long enough to do that. However, I do see there are some cables that I can tidy up and will. 

Yeah, I'm fussy about such things, and even if other people don't see the need when nobody's really going to see it, it assists airflow and I do take pride in my work, whether it's my own PC or somebody else's.  Anyway, I'll do that when I install the other parts when they arrive on Monday, according to the parcel tracking advice.

Quoting Wizard1956,

Good onya Mark. Nothing beats that "New PC" feeling.

Nice specs. It should serve her well for many years to come.

Yeah, thanks, mate.  I picked the best parts I could on the budget I was given, and I believe it is a very nice machine for the money.  However, I probably could have gotten better better parts had the AU$ had not recently taken a nosedive against the greenback.  Whenever the exchange rate dips against the US$, we always pay more for PC parts and etc. 

It shouldn't be that way on old stock prior to the exchange rate adjustment, but sadly it is, and if you want/need the part you have to pay the going rate, like it or not. If my sister could have afforded it 2 -3 months ago I could have greatly improved on the mobo and several other parts to get a better rated PC, but it is what it is and she no doubt will be thrilled with the result.  Given the comparison between this and her old machine, it's like the difference between heaven and hell... between a 50cc moped and a 1200cc racing machine

Anyhow, my stomach's growling like my throat's been cut and I need to get something to eat.

 

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March 22, 2014 3:21:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I've never been one for windows in boxes....prefer to be able to hide the multitude of 'sins' that is usually my cable routing....

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March 22, 2014 4:59:00 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,

I've never been one for windows in boxes....prefer to be able to hide the multitude of 'sins' that is usually my cable routing....

That's why I take pride in my work, but whether the case has a side window or not, I still like to route the cables in a tidy and orderly fashion... for better airflow, etc.  Could be, though, I have a touch of OCD because I'm the same with many other tasks I have to do. 

For example, when I'm out in the yard mowing and whipper snippering, everything has to be a tad shorter than an acceptable length, and if a blade of grass or two do not conform to that exacting standard I will go back over them until they do do conform... which reminds me.  I need to pull my finger out and get the yard cleaned up before it gets any worse.

I'm the same with a lot of things, though I've slipped a bit in recent times due to health and other reasons, but I like to fold and put away my laundry in a certain way, and my spare PC parts have to be in certain compartments or drawers. While that makes sense for easier location later, I do obsess over the tidiness and appearance of things, even if nobody else is ever going to see it... which reminds me that my now computer room needs a darned good sorting out to fit the criteria/standard I set myself.

As for cable routing, I am still learning and picking things up along the way.  I still make mistakes and sometimes end up having to cut ziplock ties to rectify them, but that's okay, having learnt something for next time.

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March 22, 2014 5:32:12 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting starkers,
Could be, though, I have a touch of OCD because I'm the same with many other tasks I have to do. 

Actually? starkers has vacuumed over the same spot for half an hour until he was told it was the vacuum cleaner's shadow.

 

 

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March 22, 2014 6:31:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,


Quoting starkers, reply 11Could be, though, I have a touch of OCD because I'm the same with many other tasks I have to do. 

Actually? starkers has vacuumed over the same spot for half an hour until he was told it was the vacuum cleaner's shadow.

 

 

Now ya tell me!  Didn't believe it the 1st time, but now you mention it, it does explain why that patch of dirt was able to move from room to room.

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March 23, 2014 7:33:41 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Impressive build my friend...

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March 24, 2014 4:07:40 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting G_Bison,
Impressive build my friend...

Yeah, and thanks.  It's quite a good little unit with a good amount of kick. I would have preferred to have gotten her the Thermaltake Chaser MKII full tower to have better used the larger interior, but it would not have fitted into the tower space in her desk... and given her [solid timber] desk isn't a cheap DIY throw-together, I didn't see her parting with it to accommodate a larger case.  Still, it was an alright case to work with and she will be happy with the end-product.

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March 24, 2014 6:25:27 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Building a PC for a friend or family member is the nicest present you can give them.  Good on you.

 

backs out of the room slowly...  

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March 25, 2014 2:45:18 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting RedDwarf999,
Building a PC for a friend or family member is the nicest present you can give them.

I have put together rigs for her that were mainly spare parts after my own upgrades, or leftovers from other retired PCs, but this is the first time she has ever had the money to afford such a thing, having often helped nephews and nieces, son and daughter with money to rarely ever get it back.  However, she was repaid a lump sum and I was asked to select the parts and build her a new machine as the one she was using had died completely... the mobo began displaying errors and eventually just gave up the ghost.

Thing is, I enjoy getting into the guts of a PC, whether it be building from scratch, upgrading components or fixing things other can't.  Hence I am the goto man in the family for PC related things, though I always stress that I am no expert but will do my best.  Although I have learnt alot about software related matters since joining WC, thanks to yrag and others with knowledge to impart, I am better with hardware related things and love nothing better than tinkering inside cases, particularly new ones with all new components to assemble.

It's a bit late in life now, but were I to have my time over, I'd further my education to become a PC tech instead of busting my balls shifting other peoples furniture and other heavy duty jobs I'd held in the past.

Oh well!

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March 26, 2014 6:00:56 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

There's always the next life Mark or so I've heard. Just think, you could come back as the guy who invented the wheel.

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March 26, 2014 7:45:37 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Uvah,
Just think, you could come back as the guy who invented the wheel.

Could?! He's so old that it WAS him wot invented it.

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March 26, 2014 9:46:56 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Its a doozy starkers!

Nice cable dressing too!

Yep your sister will be pleased!

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March 26, 2014 12:41:29 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Awesome, starkers, just awesome.  By the way, the sata cables ad an artistic flair to the entire composition!  Don't cut yourself short.  Great job, great look, great performance, great bro.  What else could a sister want? 

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March 26, 2014 6:30:58 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

once you've finished mine, i expect it to be personally delivered asap. remember, i don't use thermaltake parts. top tier intel (cpu), corsair, samsung, lian-li, asus, amd/ati (video) only. i'll do the cabling, though.

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March 27, 2014 5:43:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Stand in line.....please.

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April 4, 2014 1:16:07 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

I was thrilled when I built my sister her first 10 speed bike!  Times change.

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April 4, 2014 5:51:42 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Dr Guy,
I was thrilled when I built my sister her first 10 speed bike! Times change.

Hehe, my sister really wanted a blow-up man, but rubber aggravates my dermatitis so she had to settle for a a PC instead.  However, I did tell her that as my tech skills increase, I could possibly build her a well endowed cyborg if she bought the parts.

Seriously, though, it was fun putting it all together.  However, we have run up against a snag and I have no idea how to resolve it as I can not get power to the front panel and now seemingly the mobo.... thus it will not post, or boot.  Everything was fine until I installed the 3 bay IcyDock portable rack [which finally arrived on Wednesday]... the machine booted once after that, then nothing. 

I have practically stripped the machine down to the case and started from scratch, but alas, no solution to the problem.... it's like it's dead.  I have tried an alternate power supply but still no go.  I also reseated the CPU; RAM: GPU and anything else that's not nailed down, still no go. Yup, I am totally baffled and have no idea where to start next to resolve the issue.

Hopefully somebody here may be able to offer some answers... and soon. Right now she is using a 6 y/o laptop that's as slow as a wet week, and I keep apologising because I haven't been able to hand it over to her in full working order.  So yeah, people, speshully them wot knows a fing or 2 'bout puters, please see if yer can maske an old fart and his sister happy.

Strange thing about it, though, I purchased the exact same mobile rack, and my PC wouldn't start afted I had installed it... like it was as dead as a dodo as well.  Again, I backtracked to before the rack was installed and nothing.  I even re-routed the power cables so that the front panel and rack were on connected separately - thinking too much draw on the one may have shorted something - but that wasn't it, either.  In fact, I'm not entirely sure what I did to get my rig booting again but it is.... touch wood.

I think the key diffrence between our machines is that I have a motherboard with more restart/reset options and was able to kickstart it using one of those options.  Sadly, my sister's mobo is quite basic and I'm not sure how to kickstart it.... like I don't know how I can clear the CMOS or reset the BIOS if no power is reaching the front panel to turn the machine on.

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