OH MY GOD was this a challenge.
Okay, first of all I want to let you all know that my PC is built, but one of the memory sticks was no good, so that is getting swapped out. Luckily I had two, and some of the pics show 2 of them plugged in, but only 1 stick is in it currently until I get the replacements.
Had trouble with the CPU cooler. My friend, who helped via text picture messages, was very patient and helpful (thank you Byron!!). He referred me to a youtube video, which I watched over and over, but they never showed if the bracket thing went on the back of the motherboard, so I didn't know. I just kept fiddling with it and I think I figured it out.
Then the video card didn't work. My screen talked to me and gave me a hint, so I figured out one of the two power cables it needed was not plugged in.
The bad memory stick was the hardest thing to figure out, and the PSU fan hasn't spun yet. Someone told me that's normal for the enthusiast series PSU's (won't spin until a certain temp is hit, then it starts spinning, supposed to be a feature to make it more quiet??). I have their number to double check on Tuesday or Wednesday. The bad memory stick had my PC turning on and off repeatedly. I finally figured out when I started moving the sticks around, taking one out and plugging in the other, then powering up. At first I wasn't sure if it was a bad memory SLOT on the mobo, or a bad stick; I fiddled with it enough to figure out the mobo slots were fine, and one stick was no good.
In one of the pics you will see an internal wireless card (as long as that wasn't one of the two that didn't load) that didn't fit in the slot. I was very embarrassed to send that pic to my friend, who was a guy. Of course I got a comment about trying to put it in the wrong hole, and how us girls get mad about that etc, etc. Very funny. At least I found out I bought an internal card that this mobo doesn't have a slot for.
Figuring out how to get the OS on the system was a small challenge, but I tinkered in the BIOS enough that I eventually figured it out. Then the PC didn't recognize the HDD, so I had to hit up YouTube University, and I figured out about setting the partition or whatever it was. Then that was fine. Some of this pics may have been taken before my PC recognized the HDD, but it does now. I can re-post this again in the future once everything is fully recognized and working (like the 2nd memory stick) and once I learn how to overclock it.
The pictures downloaded a little funny, so they might be a little mixed up and 2 say "error uploading image". I tossed my picture in there too somewhere. This took me about a week to really figure out what the issues were, and I'm still not 100% done. I thought you guys might like to see some pics now though, so here you go...:D
Feel free to ask any questions, I'll do my best to answer. If you want more pictures, let me know as well, I have probably about 60 more, lol. <3 Starlana <3
UPDATE: I'm just about to start my son's build, and I swapped my RAM for his. His build with have the G. Skill Sniper 1866 4GBx2 and this build will get the Ripjaw Series X. I hope the motherboard can handle the higher voltage. O.O