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I have no experience building PCs and really did not know alot about them (probably evident by the case selection and cord management) I wanted to build a machine that would be powerful enough to run as my HTPC w/ XBMC as well as be useful for programming/Statistical modeling as I get more involved in that. I was limited in my choices for a lot of the parts because i was impatient and bought them all from a local Tiger Direct. I researched for a couple weeks first trying to figure out the setup I would need and really thought about getting the i-5 over the i-3 so I could get a discreet video card down the line and make the system more versatile but my budget shrunk and I had to cut back. I am happy with all my selections except for the case - I thought I needed a larger case because I didn't want to have to worry about making sure all the parts fit and proper cable management. I did not realize the ATX MB with the SSD disk drive and no GPU would take up barely any room.

When I got all the parts back I began pulling up some youtube videos I had seen and started following along. I immediately thought I was screwed when installing the CPU into the motherboard. I knew how fragile this connection was and was freaked out by how hard I had to push on the metal lever to secure the two. The rest of the build I just kept thinking about how pointless it was because I had already ruined the CPU. After getting everything set up outside of the case I tried to test boot it but was unsuccessful. At this point I was really regretting my choice of buying all these parts and building my own PC instead of just buying a prebuilt system. I decided to take it apart again and reinstall everything. After I got it all set up I hit the test power switch and nearly fainted when I saw the fans begin to spin. I felt so accomplished. Thankfully I didn't know all the trouble ahead with drivers/OS systems/XBMC or I woulda given up but Two weeks later I got everything up and running smoothly and feel like it was a great learning opportunity.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 5 points

+1

  • 73 months ago
  • 5 points

you won't feel such emotions buying a pre-built PC, that's why we love to build our setup ourselves :) kudos to you for doing the leap of faith

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

My first time installing a CPU was an AMD one, and i bent the furthest top right corner pin at a full 90 degree angle. You can imagine my dispair! I bent that sucker back and for the rest of the build I thought I was screwed anyways, but Lo-and-Behold, it boots!

+1 My friend, welcome to the world of DIY.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome to the world of pc building. Good starter build. Great part choices. I have the same keyboard and it's great. I would recommend a mass storage drive to rip DVDs. I would consider a video card down the line to replace that 360, but that will introduce you to the world of spending more than you plan I.e. probably will need a better PSU if you do that.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

5 for doing it yourself! Very nice.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

good job!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job. One quick suggestion, if you are going to keep your case on carpet, flip your power supply so that it's intake fan is pulling air in from your case. Additionally, you could keep it that way because you don't have a GPU that would be fighting the power supply for air.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good, I'm planning on building my first htpc (first computer) soon also and have the same worries! Which os did you use? My husband wants to try Linux (price) instead of Windows; do you have thoughts on which one you are using for the home theater part?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Nice build, but what OS is it running and what is all the movies that are in the pictures (program? website?)?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up putting windows 8 on there because it makes it really easy to launch everything w/ the keyboard and get straight into XBMC. Still I think I might go back to Windows 7 if I can find it at the right price I have had alotta problems w/ drivers and audio dropout when I turn the TV off. As far as the program its XBMC a great front end program to organize your library. ITs a little labor intensive getting it set up but very easy to customize and elegant. Let me know if you need any more info

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

What theme is that for XBMC?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

AON nox the best

  • 73 months ago
  • -1 points

Nice build. Low-cost, good quality parts mostly. Might want to replace that psu in the future with something a bit more reputable, especially if you plan on adding any upgrades in the future.

  • 73 months ago
  • -1 points

ya i know how that putting cooler on cpu feels, thought i was going to snap my mobo with how hard i had to push, but nice cheap build but the built in power supply is a worry might wanna buy a cheap corsair 430 at some point

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