…but since I didn’t fry any components, I suppose it went as well as it could!
The photos of the build can be found here, in my photobucket account. They seem to be showing out of order on my end, but hopefully things aren’t too screwed up to make sense of!
I got it all assembled with minimal hassle, wires all wrapped up and secured pretty (my case is designed for easy cable management), monitor, keyboard, and mouse all hooked up… pressed the power button, and nada. No whir of fans, no hard drive noise, nothing. The lights on the motherboard were on (the decorative ones) so I knew that it had power. I checked all the connections, still nothing. After googling the issue, it turns out that the little metal L-shaped bracket that secures the wireless card to the motherboard – mind you, it came with the motherboard – shorts something out and won’t allow the computer to power on. This delightful piece is screwed through the back of the motherboard, so I had to completely remove the motherboard from the case. With the wireless card re-installed without it’s bracket, the computer powered on just fine.
Evidently although Windows 7 Professional 64-bit is compatible with 3TB boot drives, the boot partition will always have a 2TB limit. Since I’m really not satisfied with my 3TB hard drive being partitioned into 2TB and 748GB (it even required the Seagate DiskWizard to even access this remainder), I’m off to InfoTech tomorrow to pick up a 128GB Crucial SSD to use as my boot drive and the 3TB Seagate HDD will be my storage drive. Hello, more money into the computer.
A minor fuss
For a snazzy gaming motherboard, it sure came with some stupid looking antennae for the wireless/bluetooth card! I much prefer the plain black straight antennas that came with Destin’s computer – more like radio antennae or insect feelers than these stupid white plastic bits that clash with my tower! The only positive thing I can say for them is that they’re magnetic on the bottom so they don’t go sliding all over if you bump the tower!
These two issues aside, I’m really liking the computer so far, and I can’t believe how fast and quiet it is. The 120mm fans are much larger than the fans my old tower had, and therefore much quieter. I’m looking forward to getting all my files transferred over, and being able to easily use it regularly after we move and have a computer room set up.
I really don’t think this would have been possible without my brother’s help as tech support… both helping me pick components (so the motherboard and CPU are actually compatible) and in helping me figure out my issue with my hard drive being partitioned during the Windows install. Knowing I could get help when I need it – and native english speaking tech support at that!! – helped in the deciding factor between home-built or pre-built. Although next time I may just save myself a few headaches and some money and buy whatever Costco is selling at the time 😉