Description

Hey there!

I have been planning Just Another Machine (JAM for short) for a few months, and finally got the money to buy it. The parts were picked mostly for price/performance, with some exceptions for parts I enjoyed. Let's start with the build.

The Build

This was my first PC build, so I was a bit unsure on how to approach this. I started by getting the power supply out and plugging it in but keeping off as a means of grounding myself to Earth ground. Then I took the motherboard out of the box and put it on top as a poor man's static mat.

I got the CPU and RAM in but I ended up messing up the Arctic cooler. I ended up fixing it and mounting it on top of the plate with the provided instructions. Then, I plugged my mobo and cooler into the power supply... and it didn't post when I turned it on. WTF. After about ten minutes of utter stupidity, a friend of mine pointed out I didn't plug in the CPU power facepalm.

The machine posted, and I hooked up the graphics card and my two drives to check that the board saw everything, and it did. Next was the case assembly.

I first mounted the PSU. The fourth screw wouldn't cooperate so it is held in by three. Next, I mounted the SSD and HDD into the case, removing the upper hard drive bay for video card clearance. This ended up being unnecessary, but I didn't need it anyway so I left it out. Then I screwed in the motherboard standoffs, added the IO shield, and put the motherboard in place. After screwing everything in, it was ready for me to wire it up.

I wired in the drives first, as the SATA ports are not accessible after the video card is mounted. Then, I wired the motherboard and CPU to the PSU. I connected the CPU cooler wire and the two casefans to the motherboard. I put the graphics card into the PCIe x16 slot, and ran power to it. Finally I wired in the case wires for power, reset, audio, and LEDs.

I confirmed the machine still POSTed and brought it up to my room and plugged in my network cable. I booted up the Windows 10 USB drive (purchased separately for $120) and installed it to my SSD. The machine started up fine to Windows 10, but with no network or video drivers. I downloaded the network driver to a flash drive and installed it.

After installing all the drivers from the internet, everything was up and running.

Issues

There has only been one issue, on wake from sleep or start up, the Ethernet port seems to never turn back on. I have yet to determine if this is a motherboard or driver issue. Everything else has been working flawlessly, I couldn't be happier.

All in All

This machine is very quick, and the SSD makes startup near instantaneous. For the money, this machine packs a punch. I'm still benchmarking it but I will be sure to report those results.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I like your parts selection I think they are excellent. Don't leave the PC on the carpet and it should last longer. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I won't be leaving it there for long, its just temporary until I get a real desk. I tried to elevate it a bit and I vacuumed beforehand so hopefully things won't be too awful :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Kirby... please move out of the way so I can inside the computer. Great parts. :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How hard is is to let a kirby play on the computer? unless you want him to inhale you.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I meant him to move to the side so I can see inside the PC. Even though I really cannot. I meant it as a joke but then again I never was good at jokes. :P

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I Know, I Know. but dont let Kirby cry or he will Inhale You!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe. True, I do not want to upset Kirby.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

neither do you want to upset me.(check the photo.)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

JAM's jamming with those part +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG YES ANOTHER KIRBY FAN!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet build!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a bit afraid to see what the inside of this PC looks like just by looking at the messy cables on the outside!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought you weren't supposed to be grounded (to Earth level) when assembling the mobo....

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like I ballsed up that text there, my bad. I don't remember writing any of it if it makes you feel better though....! (It was at some stupid hour of the night probably)

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

390?

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I was worried about then when I was uploading it, but I figured that it couldn't really hurt. There aren't many ways to make a build... special... without making custom parts or going with three Titan X's in SLI anymore, so I figured a relatively inexpensive build considering performance was enough to make the cut :)

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll probably be adding more pics to the album, I just haven't had the time the last two days, I've been setting up XD