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So basically just an office PC upgrade reusing the same case, HDD's, and optical drive for my parents due to the old one starting to give issues (Its from 2011). The parts were chosen to be better than a prebuilt yet come at a lower cost, of which, it met both the criteria. All the parts were picked up at a local Microcenter for ~$361. Building the PC was pretty simple, just removing the old parts, cleaning the case, and putting the new ones in. Everything booted nice and simple. The only real issue was that a fan for the case had to be unplugged as no matter how I changed it in the bios, it was always at 100% power, it was not quite. Temps increased from 36 to 41 from that.

However, the PC was slow (1 min to boot) as hell and the boot drive needed to be transferred to be the Crucial NVMe SSD. After a few hours of the PC being up, in general the performance of it was quick (except booting ofc) so I decided to change it to quick boot mode (a huge mistake). So despite linking the Windows license to an outlook account, it denied us a valid key, so one was purchased totally completely for the 100% full price from definitely Microsoft (Not activating Windows had wasted about an hour due to the software mentioning we needed to activate Windows later on). So other issues occurred with trying to select which partitions to transfer to the NVMe SSD to the point where it was just more worthwhile to put an entire new copy of Windows on it, done, as said before, the $100 way. Now in order to change the boot drive, I needed to access BIOS. Given how I had put the PC on quick boot mode, I was unable to access the BIOS on startup. Trying to get into advanced settings was no help either, there was no UFEI option available. So, after some research, I found there were no pins to clear cmos. So, I tried taking the CMOS battery out for 20 seconds and putting it in, didnt work. I went looking for a random battery around the house and was able to find the exact battery I needed. That finally reset the BIOS which allowed me to open it on boot. To be continued...

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build.

Now you just need to water cool it and add some RGB lights.

Fr tho. Good job.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Random thought but some of the older HP motherboards had water pump headers.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah water cooling an old Athlon, shouldve done that instead

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I had an HP FX motherboard that had water cooling support. It was based of a Gigabyte board though.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Added pic of old mobo, pretty sure youre not going to be water cooling anything from it, correct me if im wrong.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wanted to say that if you have about $60, you could probably get a GTX 770 off of ebay ;)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Its not meant for gaming, just office stuff.