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Hi Team, The goal of this machine is to try my hand at PC building while providing a computer that my wife can use. I still need to purchase a graphics card, I am leaning to either the Radeon 480 or the GTX 1060.

She will be using this for Dragon Age, SWTOR, and other older games. She doesn't need more than 60 fps as she is coming from an XBOX1, a PS4, and using her mac air to game on.

After building I suffered some issues with a hard freeze. However, it turns out when transporting the tower from my office to the upstairs office I bumped it and one of the cpu fan power cords was blocking the cpu fan causing the cpu to lock up. Dumb problem for a first timer.

*The Hitachi is a refurb from eBay.

Please forgive the potato photos. I am new to this so next time I will have more photos.

When I buy the graphics card I plan to add some led fans to the front of the case and look into a dust filter for the top of the case as my cats are trying to sit on it.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The 1060 looks really appealing, get it! :)

  • 42 months ago
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I agree. The computer just has to last until I finish the Phd. 2 more years! 2 More years!

  • 42 months ago
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I also bought a Hitatchi Drive off of Ebay, I have yet to receive it, I hope it doesn't cause freezes.

  • 42 months ago
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The hitachi is only being used to store games, the os is on the SSD so I don't believe it is the issue. However, I haven't proven this yet. After work I will boot without the HDD connected to see if that stops the issue.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Good start so far, you have some good choices on parts. Personally I would get rid of that Refurbished drive if you can and go with a new one. The Hard Drive needs to be one of the most reliable part of the PC, it holds all of your personal data and the OS. You can get 1TB to 2TB for a very reasonable price and will probably solve the freezing problem, I usually choose Seagate or WD. I am quite the Nvidia snob when it comes to graphics cards and would say get the 1060 when it comes out, but the RX 480 does hold a good spot for the bang for the buck category. Good looking build so far!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Thank you! I will try running the system with the HDD attached. Maybe that will fix things? Currently, windows is on the SDD so I hadn't even considered that being an issue. The HDD was meant to be a temporary solution until Christmas/BlackFriday.

I was going to try plugging it into my 24 inch 1080p monitor tonight because I thought it could possibly be that the i5 integrated graphics is struggling with the pixel count.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Well if windows is installed on the SSD I would leave the HDD out, the refurbished one could be causing the freezing during data transfers. Also check the memory to make sure it is fully seated, it could be working just fine under idle but once it needs more power it could be not well enough connected to receive the right power. The integrated graphics could be causing that, I would try and find out or install the latest drivers to see if that helps. If not then having an actual graphics card may work.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Turns out it was an issue with me missing a cord that slipped off of its clip and it was blocking the cpu fan causing the cpu to overheat.

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  • 42 months ago
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I was looking at that one, the MSI, or the Zotak dual fan. However, I will probably go with whichever I can get my hands on first. :)

Any reason you prefer the EVGA super Clock 1060?

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Do RMx PSUs have a history of causing issues? I hadn't read anything about that when I picked this one up.

Mostly, I am hoping you can explain your thought process a bit more.