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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

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  • 74 months ago
  • 7 points

Sweet. I don't know if you need all that 4GB of VRAM, but it certainly won't hurt! Everything looks really nice! Hope you enjoy that computer of yours.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you very much! Yes, I downloaded one of my games, TERA, and it is beautiful. Video card is fantastic. I no longer have to look at gray character shadows, or floating health bars...it's just sweet as blueberry pie...

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah but the Tera coding sucks.....You're still gonna get lag from the major cities and Corsair's Stronghold xD

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, MY game, City of Heroes/City of Villians,was shut down by NCSoft. Now I'm a gamer girl with no "home game". Trying to find a new game to fall in love with. Tera is a decent game though...;)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

What about Rift or Guild Wars 2? Both are great games. Nice build! I can relate with the whole not 100% done thing. I "finished" my first build 2 weeks and since then I've added a GTX 780, NZXT Sentry 2 and Hue, plus some corsair sleeved cables. I think I'm done now, at least for a little while lol.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I shall NEVER EVER EVER play Guild Wars 2. Their maker, NCsoft, KILLED ALL MY LEVEL 50 HEROES!

Rift, provided it was not made and does not involve or profit NCsoft in any way, shape, or form, shall be considered.

I'm building a Steam/Origin gamer friend base. Feel free to add me if you want. (I'm pretty sure my e-mail is visible above, use that or just Tashpeters should bring me up)

That goes for anyone out there who likes to game and likes to make gaming friends!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

DCUO and Chmapions Online are well worth the look if your into the superhero genre and since STO is F2P i've logged at least 200 hrs into it but I wouldn't recommend STO if you are not in any sense of the word trekkie and judging from the other threads you might want to try Vindictus or dragons nest (your pick really i don't really solo it but it's got great co op) but judging from my little experince with TERA you might as well stick with TERA edit just though of this Warframe is pretty good to differnt art style and genre but i would so easily log pokemon hours into it only reason i can't is cause i have this sucky ZX4300 till i buy my PC

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm curious what method you used to apply the thermal compound. It looks like you spread it by hand. This makes me curious of your CPU temps under load. Also, since I've been considering that particular SSD to keep a build within budget, how do you like it? Have you experience with other SSDs to compare it to?

Looks like you've learned a lot with the experience and have a decent PC to last you for quite a while. +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I watched a video on building PC's, and the guy spread the thermal paste with his finger in a ziploc bag, so that is what I did. Had no idea what I was doing...LOL. He did say to watch for bubbles, so I tried.

Actually, I got the SSD because 1. I wanted one anyway, and 2. was having issues getting the OS on the system. Once I got the SSD, BIOS recognized it right away, and I got my OS on the system. It works fine, boots really fast. When I turn the PC on, my mobo bios option pops up, then Windows really quickly then the passcode screen is up. Probably less than 10 seconds to be at password Windows screen.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

I wish you would have seen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hNgFNH7zhQ

If you end up with high temps I'd start with reapplying the thermal paste.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I knew I'd mess something up. I was just really happy I got the darn thing to work! lol

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Which video on building PC's did you watch?

This is the one I used when I first built my own Computer back in the spring of 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ETu53QfDwk

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it was one done by Newegg on youtube...or maybe i watched a few different ones...lol. I was really lost.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I did the same thing with the ziploc bag, best way I have seen yet

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually someone posted a youtube video about it. There might be a better way, but I wont disassemble unless I'm having issues...lol. But thank you for your vote of confidence!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Of course! Of all my 13 builds I used that method!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

So...no hate mail to Newegg for their "How to build a PC" video series...GOT IT! LOL. Seriously though, you should watch that youtube video on thermal paste, it's really informative! They use a clear compress to show you how the thermal paste spreads underneath the CPU cooler...it's really neat.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

thats a lot of thermal paste... >< nice build!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. The cpu cooler came with 2 squeeze packs, but I only used 1...(but then again I had no idea how much to use)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I have used Kingston an OCZ SSDs and both are great. I am using a Samsung Evo 1T in a new build that I am starting this week as soon as my CPU cooler arrives.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build. For looks I would put the two cathodes on the top and bottom of the side panels window. It might make it look cooler and light the innards better.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Those lights were just about the last things to go in. I didn't know where to put them at that point, so I just found a place to zip-tie them and hoped they wouldn't get too hot and melt the zip-ties off. LOL

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

To answer the PSU thing, yeah. If you look on Corsair's site it tells you that the fan won't spin up unless you reach certain power usage/temp(whichever comes first).

http://www.corsair.com/us/power-supply-units/tx-series-power-supply-units/tx-series-modular-tx850m-80-plus-bronze-certified-850-watt-high-performance-modular-power-supply.html

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Very well balanced build. Are you planning on adding another 760?

Also, great cable management! +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm currently a nursing student, so I was mostly building this for future gaming (like once I finish the program). I'm excited about Elder Scrolls Online, so that is why the 4 GB VRAM. I might go SLI in the future if I need to, but only if I need to.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

oh okay, well your power supply is ready for it!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I went a little overboard on the PSU, I know. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Was the first picture really neccesary? Or was it to grab the attention of all the guys on here?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

BTW, thanks for the compliment. You must have thought I was pretty smokin' to think I could "grab the attention of all the guys on here..."

Blows Kiss *

However, it makes me question how well you know this community. I've seen these "guys on here" make 12 year old's cry. I wasn't expecting any special treatment. I spent far too much time and money on Eva to have our integrity questioned. PIC REMOVED. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

For those of us who missed it, what was this image?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It was just a PG rated picture of me. And I'm a girl. So I suppose it's offensive or something...who knows?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh I understand. I don't see how it could be offensive, but I suppose one has to follow the majority rule for that kind of thing :/

When you think that some people don't take more than one photo to put up...eh, history channel alien meme HUMANS!!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL there's always one person who ruins it for everybody.

J/K DJArtifact, you know I looooooove you baby!

  • 74 months ago
  • -3 points

There is no reason to post a picture of yourself though. You don't see guys on here posting selfies with their build. No one cares if you're a guy or a girl on here, we're just here to see the builds.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep. For the record, I have seen some pics of the builders with their builds, so I wasn't the first one, won't be the last. Guess it's just different if you're a girl.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

For the record, I really don't understand your issue, and it seems that you are the only person to have such an issue with it. It was a way for her to individualise her post and have some sense of self with the build up here. She has a ton of photos of the build, one of herself doesn't hurt.

/non-intentional rant

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see it as being any different from people taking pics of themselves with their cars, or any other special hobby that makes them happy.

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  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

So you say that this was a challenge but I would ask "Was it worth it?" to which you will reply "......".

If I may make a suggestion, you can flip over the Power Supply so it sucks the air from the bottom of the case and in turn it will put several cables closer to the back side of the case .

How do you like the THOR?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, yes, my friend told me to install it upside down because there is a vent right under the PSU (and the THOR has feet)...and I initially did. However; then I started having the issues of it turning on and off repeatedly (that was due to the bad memory stick but didn't know it yet) and I turned it back around to right-side-up. Was it worth it? I dont know really...is my PC better than one I could buy pre-built for that amount of money? I'm not really sure...lol. It was a unique experience, that's for sure...

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Unique is a great way to say it but do not find many computers built like this unless you find somebody who will do it to order and then they need to earn a buck and it will certainly cost more.

Well done !!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much Liam (I assume that's your name)!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

William

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Natasha :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, and the THOR V2. OMG it is a beast of a case. I had no idea it would be that large. Had I known it was that big, I would have purchased a different case to be honest. Now that it's up, it surely makes a statement, because you can't buy a computer like this in a store (or not any store I've ever been in).

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

That's why I wondered about the length of your PSU cables and flipping it over to give you all the possible cable length.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build!

Happy gaming. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I probably would have gone with a 280X. My friend has one and it performs almost as well as my 680 4GB.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I went into this not knowing much about computers, other than the one I had sucked for gaming. I went with the GTX 760 because a friend of mine, who had already built some of his own PC's, suggested it. The only thing I did was upgrade to a 4 GB for the added VRAM just in case I ever go SLI. Thanks for the suggestion though. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on your first! :) Only a couple of things to say(not bad necessarily) I would assume that the reason for the 850w PSU is for upgradability reasons, correct? I always love some extra wattage though, so no harm done. Wasn't there any other place to install the lights? It's nice to see the light but not the light source! :) Overall, very nice build! +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I got the overpowered PSU because I wanted to be able to go SLI in the future, and I wanted to be able to do overclocking. I wasn't quite sure how much additional wattage I was going to need for those things, plus I wanted some "wattage wiggle room" AFTER I'm SLI and overclocking.

Okay, so I just checked the estimated wattage on the build page, something like 373 W. LOL. So, um, yeah, that's a little embarrassing. I probably could have added 150 w for the extra stuff I might do and still settled with a 550 or 650 w supply.

Yes, I know the lights need moved. Someone suggested above and below that "window" (which is actually a vent for a large fan). I'll get around to it. I have a few changes I have to make anyway, if you read my description...:)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Reading descriptions is the fun part, i always read them! :) And it's always fun to do changes, it's like the building never ends! No harm done with the PSU, it's not like you spend a lot of $$ on it. It's always good to futureproof. You might even triple sli!! Have fun with your new toy!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Hey, do you have any idea if my PC can run with no memory sticks in it? LOL, I have to do a return and Newegg is making me send back both sticks, even the good one, leaving me with zero until I get the replacements. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope, your pc won't get past the POST(Power On Self Test). You will get the beeping sound from your MOBO. I am 99.9999999% sure about this. If someone more experienced than me can prove me wrong, be my guest. It's cool if we learn something new.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe I'll go buy a 2 giger to patch me through, LOL

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, a PC will not run with no memory, and most motherboards will indeed give you a beep code during POST. This is from professional experience and training.

There's your last 0.00000001%. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

glad to see you got that build rolling, excellent work.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

You went picture crazy

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a bad thing?

I just wanted people to see everything, just in case they were considering one of those parts for their build and was curious. That, and I had a friend helping via picture-texting/messaging, so there were considerable more pictures than I posted. Considerably more. LOL

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Too many pics > too few pics. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! Building it all by yourself is very impressive might I had :), you don't see much ladies with a screw driver and bag of cable ties doing their thing...cool! I'm sure it was quite a learning experience too and totally worth it ;) Game on!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Every guy I knew kept scaring the **** out of me...saying "one spark of static electricity and it's all over with..."

I twice used the wrong screws trying to "ground" the mobo to the case. By the end of that, my back started hurting a little.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

You're welcome. Just be sure to ground yourself occasionally on the chassis and you will be fine! I hope your back is better, go get a massage!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

My back is all better now, that was over a week ago that happened. I did ground myself on the box.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Well Hello fellow Nurse, I'm building a pc myself and just waiting on good deals to come! Bet you're enjoying your pc right now. I have a pc that has an i7 920, 5870 1gb, 500gb HDD, and 12 GB DDR 800 mhz. Can't wait to get a hold of a new pc

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it is nice to go from a $350 PC to a $1250 one. :D Teehee.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. took me a while aswell when i was building mine and i really like the colour coordination. happy you got it to work. +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I'm very happy I got it to work. Also, that I figured out what was wrong...lol.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, that does look like an awful lot of thermal goop.

Sorry if I missed a comment on this (there's a ton of comments to go through and I'm supposed to be busy) but you should indeed re-apply that stuff if temps are high. If you download HWMonitor you can get a CPU temp. Look at the core temps, and run Prime95, which will put a heavy load on the CPU. If core temps are over about 80-85 degrees Celsius, I'd reapply, I think. Haswell gets really hot, but I'm not 100% sure how hot, since I've had an AMD system for couple of years and haven't paid as much attention to the Intel chips.

If you're worried about even coverage, you could make a little X in the middle of the CPU with thermal compound. That way, it will spread better if uneven pressure is applied while mounting, from my experiences. I did something similar and did 5 little tiny dots of thermal paste in the shape of an X, and I get good temps I think. I was having issues getting the "blob" method to work because it would always spread all on one side and about a third or more of the CPU heatspredder would have no grease on it.

Only reason I had issues was because I have extremely shaky hands even though I'm far from old. Runs in the family, oddly enough. :( It makes building PCs quite an adventure.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I have shaky hands too, a little bit. I'm not too worried about it right now. It would have to get pretty friggin hot for me to take it all apart again, and I have not even OC'ed it yet. When I take it apart, I risk breaking something or putting it back together and it doesn't turn back on or some ****. That is just my luck, you know what I mean? :)

If I end up OC'ing it, and get hot temps, I will definitely take your advice. Thanks for the comment.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good! I guess there's some risk in taking it apart but I've never had any issues. I tend to not fix it unless it's really broken but let's just say it's been really broken a few times.

And I definitely understand the bad luck. Happens to me all the time. I dropped a fan adapter into a conveniently placed bag of felt (not sure on exactly what it was. whatever it was is good at melting adapters) my mom was using and the adapter's wire/connector hit some felt and actually melted and put off TONS of smoke that set off my smoke detector. I was testing noisy fans with the paperclip method FYI.

PSU still works though!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, very nice build. Great pictures.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. Pics were taken on my LG Mach android phone. They turned out better than I expected.

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Sexy :) and the computer is alright. (Kappa)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thank you. I love the PC.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I added one of the pictures didn't previously load that shows the "cable management" in the back...lol. It's a hot mess, but I gave it a valiant effort.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I can honestly say that that is a pretty typical look for cables on that side. You did pretty well on the cable management overall.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! It really did take forever, and then I had issues and had to cut all zipties (hoping to not cut the wires along with them) and start all over so really I did it twice! You cant tell from the pictures, but on the right side the part that is hanging right under the back of the mobo was a ziptie looped, with another ziptie because one ziptie was not long enough, LMAO. I got crafty with it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I rarely actually use zipties, I mostly use twist ties because they're easy to undo (and I'm rarely successful at cable management on the first attempt). You can also get colorful velcro straps to secure cables with that I've used before. But hey, nice work.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. Velcro sounds like a wonderful idea.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

have you tried to overclock the graphics card yet. i was able to get mine to run at 1200+ it gave me a few extra fps.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, not yet. I just received my reordered RAM tonight. Unfortunately, I probably won't get around to doing like that until Thanksgiving break.(nursing student)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

i know what you mean i was a corpsman in the navy for 5 years. i'm out now and am going to school for my license.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

i also saw you located in the north. what part?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Im really close to South Bend, IN. Its a few hours east of Chicago

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a particular feature(s) that drew you to that particular motherboard? I've found one which will meet my needs for about 2/3 of the price of yours, but I may not be thinking about everything I need at this point.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

No, just that it was capable of OC, had 4 ram slots, and I could sli later if i wanted....and that was all I needed really. Lots of satas and usbs dont hurt either...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

1 we have the same keyboard. ~^ my WASD keys started dying so i swapped it out for the classic dell school keyboard, (you know the one) and i find myself constantly pressing the non-existant volume keys. xD

2 did you spead the thermal paste on your cpu?.............................................. if so y? .___.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I heard it was the best way, either from a friend or online. I since have read more that says you can "dab" it. Oh well, too late now.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

spreading the thermal paste is actually worse than just putting it on the cpu and letting the cooler spread it out as you place it on. x'D

yeah, its not that bad of a thing, its just usually un-even and can cause bubbles...

was at freegeek yesterday and removed a heatsink from an older chip, ZERO THERMAL PASTE WHATSOEVER. >:( i was pissed. xD

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! (Just gonna put it out there that your name is analrats backwards)

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Its working fine for me...but I have not stress tested it and run it on a low OC, when I do OC it. My best advice, check amazon.com reviews for the product, or newegg reviews, or both. There will be a large sampling for you to base your decision on that way.

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. :D