This was my first full build ..so cpu and mb install in addition to the basic stuff.
It was very straightforward and the only issue I had was getting the cooler to install. Just a couple turns of one thread would make the other pop up too high. No matter what I did, I could just not get it done. 20 min of fretting, I was finally able to do it. I did not do anything different. So I guess it was just vexxing me.
Pics are of the cool new bios replacement and to show it is working well. Will have some more in later.
I can now play all my games in ultra (up to around bf3 quality). One surprise is that I still ca not get my civ 5 game to start past the video intro (gods and kings). I had thought it was because I was using a legacy amd driver. but newp, still will not load.
I had to make a couple compromises on my build as my store did not have the parts ... so settled for a corsair hx gold 650 instead of seasonic. And this is my only pet peeve I think. The system runs quiet but every 20-30 seconds.. this additional soft whir (hard to describe) creeps up above system noise and just as quickly disappears again. You can only notice it when the room is dead quiet. but it is still so annoying. I tested my psu at 12.33 V after install though, it is 12.408. I am not supposed to worry (especially as it does not fluctuate at all) ... but....
The biggest nice surprise tho was my old 8.1 pro install on a ocz ssd recognized the new system with no complaint ..I could install the new drivers at leisure. And the auto phone reactivation was just repeating a very long number.
so overall, I am very satisfied with my build :)) (oh yah..I have not been an LED "fan" .. but, I just so love the look of this all black phantom 410 radiating a subdued blue ...and the MSI gaming board looks absolutely beautiful. It is just too bad that the vid card covers half of it.) oops, and while thinking on the case ... there are a ton of wires all neatly tied that will have to be moved to make it easier to manage.)
edit: ok I put up some raw photos not artistically done ...even so sorry for the tardiness. I will put up more later and the few from my phone (charging now) while it was not complete. I was pretty stressed out about esd ..that I only took time out to take pics of that amazing mb~!~ :) that's what the planks of wood are for ...extra percautions. I was extra nervous as it is dead cold here and humidity was at 30%. After I removed the case from it's packaging I could feel the static. But I was still totally surprised to see a blue arc of light go from my screw driver to the thumb screw half an inch away. But, I expexted to be panicky over my first full build and the money on the line. But was no problem with bear feet, cotton clothing, touching the case..ad as intel suggests ...if no wrist strap then just discharge into anti static bag :)) but phew I was absolutely so happy when everything was working in the end (well except that tiny unexplained noise in psu here and there). thanks for bearing with me :)
edit 2: oh yah .. that case beside my component boxes in the one pic is my old p180 (which I could not hear the hdd activity unlike in this new case). I will miss it but I sure do love the looks of this new case so much better!! :)))
edit 3: have included inside pics..after the fact. And I just wanted to note that upper left corner. It reminded me that the other thing I really struggles with was first sliding that cable through the small hole and then trying to plug in that p8 connector ...1st p4 was easy/// but oh man ... I think it took me longer to connect the p8 than installing the cpu cooler!
From those pics you can see the msi gamer does indeed have creative on there (creative cinema) ... I love the red and black of the motherboard. Seems like it is my favourite piece! I gave up on the cable management ... the case wires from the front were tied to the second main access point ...and I was afraid of cutting through the wires to move them all. So I gave up on cable management 1/2 way through. So airflow is not so good. I will have to see if I will have to add another fan because of it.
Thanks for all your comments, I will learn from them for my next build share :)