This project all started about 6 months ago. I had no idea even where to start with building my own computer. I like building LEGO, so how hard could building a computer be. I would like to thank Newegg for some great starter videos for building PCs as well as reviews on different parts. Once I had a basic understanding the parts, PC Part Picker is the best around for picking and setting up your build. I would have been lost without it. After finally getting all the parts, I got really nervous realizing I have no real world help if I run into issues. So here I am in my underwear (suggested somewhere when reading about building) in my kitchen (no carpet) wearing anti-static wristband. I spend the whole afternoon putting everything together just like I had seem multiple times in videos. The first problem I ran into was even though the 900D is a huge case, there is no room to easily put the thumb screws back in with the huge GPUs. Installing the H110 was a pain in the rear but that was to be expected. Once all the parts were in I took a 30 min nap, 2:30am at this point boxes, wires, and packing material were everywhere. The wife asked me to go to bed, however I wasn't finished, so I got up and started wiring. This went pretty well got everything tied down and looking the best it is going to look for now. (will be ordering cables soon once I decide to either stay all black or add red)
The next morning I woke up earlier than normal ran down stairs to bring the PC back to my room to plug it in for the first time. (Would not recommend doing this with this huge heavy case after leg day.)Yes I know I should have tested it prior to putting it in the case and all that jazz but remember, I was nervous and my monitors were upstairs. So I get the PC in place hook up the mouse, keyboard and monitors. The keyboard has its own ac plug which I assume gave the MB power because lights started turning on, Imagine my excitement. Now I was ready to turn the power on the PSU, I crossed my fingers, hit the power button and prayed for the best. The sounds of fans spinning and more lights came on. The wife and I are cheering, but the excitement was short lived. Five seconds later everything shut down. Only to start back up and shut down again. this cycle continued. I turned it all off and about cried.
Well what do I do now? The code on the motherboard reads 00, and there is a Red CPU led lit on the MB. I grab the book and it doesn't really tell me anything to help. The CPU is the most expensive part of my build I really hope nothing is wrong with it. So I call Fry's Electronics (Local PC Part store) and ask if they will look at it. I get a very friendly person on the phone, however I didn't have time to take it this day because of school that night. The next day I brought it in after getting off work to be told something completely different then what was stated on the phone. I explained that maybe I wired something wrong and ask if they can just take a look at it and help me out. The guy tells me they wanted to keep it for 5 days to test everything. The guy told me I could start by taking out the GPUs one at a time, if it’s not that just start replacing my cheapest parts. Look at my part list, where do you see cheapest at? I already spent too much I not going to throw good after bad.
After pissing me off his manager came up and asked to look at it, I said please. Within seconds he point out the CPU power cable wasn't plugged in. I guess I should have paid more attention to them videos... I was wise and brought all the extra cords with me and we plugged it in. Just like magic it all turned on and the bios came up it would have been impossible to wipe the smile off my face at that point. I offered to pay the man for his time to no prevail. When I got it home and plugged it in, I realized I had purchased the upgrade to Windows 8.1, just my luck. I was however able to find an old copy of Windows 7 with an extra code on it which I used just so I could use the upgrade. After getting that all loaded up and the drivers updated, I loaded AC4. And have loved it ever since...