Remember my pcpartpicker build post? Here’s what I ultimately ended up purchasing: complete build. I collected parts for a long time. Finally, I had a long weekend at home in mid September so I used that as a good opportunity to start the build. I’m glad I gave myself a whole weekend because it took me longer than I expected to finish. The first evening I stripped the old case. I did my best to wipe the dust out of the fans and even removed the screen covers and washed those under water. I had to let it all dry overnight so that was the end of that day. The next morning I started putting the new components into the box. Of course it started with the CPU onto the motherboard, then installing the power supply and connecting it to the motherboard. The hardest parts were finding where all the fans connected to the board and fitting the cpu. The cpu screws would push the backing plate off the motherboard.
The next morning I applied power and tried to get POST. Couldn’t even get power! After scratching my head I realized that the power supply is upside down. Down turns it on. I’m usually a visual learner so I’m surprised that the symbols didn’t clue me in but they did not that morning. Once I got power and post started it would show one pass light. The CPU was showing as failed! Out the motherboard came while I scratched my head some more. Finally after searching online I discovered that this mother board has a separate power cable just for the CPU. It was labeled ATX_12V. How was I supposed to know that was the CPU power? Getting the CPU on the second time was just as tough as the first but I think I’m a pro now.
The next failed Post was VGA. Thank goodness for Facebook friends because after a cry for help on there I was informed that not all CPUs support on-board graphics and that I needed a video card. Fortunately I have one. I just hadn’t installed it yet because I wanted to keep my variables manageable. In that went and voila! POST and BIOS!!!. That again was a full day of effort and my weekend was over.
I spent the next few evenings exploring BIOS options and playing with the led light options on the motherboard and CPU. All this fun and I hadn’t even installed an OS. I will need to write about that next!